Like everything we do in the Green Party, the Green Living Room is created by and for our members. It’s a great example of the circular economy in action, bringing together our brilliant digital team, our wonderful contributors and a small group of contributors who offer advice and additional creative input to keep the project moving forward. Click on a photo to find out more about them.
Tolmeia Gregory (also known as Tolly) is an environmental activist who started her activism journey after educating herself about the negative impacts of the fashion industry. Tolly grew up wanting to be a fashion designer but has now dedicated her time to raising awareness of climate-related issues, using the online platform she started in 2012 to engage her audience in a fun and relatable way.
Her blog started as a summer project to combine her love of all things digital and fashion but has since become a space for speaking openly and honestly about topics such as eco-anxiety, hopelessness in the face of a global crisis and ways to inspire others to join the movement. As Tolly's sustainable knowledge initially stemmed from the fashion industry, she offers advice on how to shift your mindset from consumption to making do.
Tolly is also a part of Extinction Rebellion where she works as a local coordinator, as well as contributing on a global scale with her work in graphic design and animation. Using art as a tool is a big part of Tolly's work; she's the creator of many of the eco-themed GIF stickers that are found on Instagram Stories and Snapchat, amassing over 7.5 billion views on GIPHY.
Tori Tsui is a climate activist from Hong Kong and based in Bristol, United Kingdom. She recently sailed across the Atlantic as part of a sustainable travel think tank Sail To The COP. Her journey was sponsored by Stella McCartney after appearing in Stella’s Winter Campaign featuring Extinction Rebellion.
Since this, Tori has been working on a climate justice project Sail For Climate Action, which attempts to build bridges between Latin American and Caribbean youth and European youth. The project is currently working with the German Ministry and Klimadelegation to develop a programme around the time of UN conference SB52.
Outside of this, Tori is active on social media and uses her presence online to talk about her work and pressing climate-related issues. She believes in a multifaceted approach to activism through virtual and offline means, and hopes to champion intersectional climate justice through her work.
Born in 1968, Nick grew up in Sussex and Dorset. He gained a degree in agriculture and business management from the University of London before completing a postgrad training in journalism. After stints as a business journalist, PR executive, agricultural college lecturer, stable-hand, marketing person and corporate trainer, Nick became a freelance copywriter in 1999, which means he hasn’t had a ;proper job’ or regular pay-cheque this century. As well as providing copy, strategy, creative concepts and research for leading companies and brands, he’s the author for Mindful Thoughts for Cyclists (Leaping Hare, 2017) and an occasional poetry blogger.
Nick grew up in the 1970s, when the bike was simply everyday transport. Like most of his generation, he quit cycling as soon as he was old enough to drive, but rediscovered it in his mid-20s and has never looked back. As a first-generation MAMIL, he dedicated years to going further and faster, until a growing sense that cycling was no longer fun, coupled with being diagnosed with osteoarthritis, propelled him out of the ‘arms race’ and into a more mindful way of cycling, and living. He now enjoys riding simple bikes at a leisurely pace, but remains committed to going out five or six days a week, whatever the weather.
He lives in East Sussex with his wife and daughter, one neurotic whippet and far too many bicycles.
Helena is a climate and human rights activist, public speaker and environmental columnist. After a first Master’s degree in Astrophysics, Helena worked for four years in the city as a management consultant, and ended up as the sustainability lead in the innovation team before leaving her job to pursue a second Master’s degree in Global Environmental Change & Policy at Imperial College in London.
Helena has been a member of Extinction Rebellion since its inception and a core member of the social media team managing and running the global XR Instagram account. After campaigning with The Green Party during the 2019 general election, Helena was accepted onto the Young Green’s 30 Under 30 programme and has signed up to be a local councillor in the upcoming local elections. Helena writes a monthly column in BeKind magazine, focussing on a different issue surrounding climate change and social justice every month, and has written articles and blog posts for various other publications, as well as discussing these issues on multiple podcast interviews and as a guest speaker at live events.
Currently, Helena is conducting research with the Climate Vulnerable Forum around climate change and human rights, and simultaneously developing a project in collaboration with journalism organisations to create stories which amplify the voices of those on the frontlines of the climate crisis.
Outside of activism, Helena regularly escapes to the wilderness to camp and hike, enjoys reading and is part of a musical theatre company.