My Q&A: My Newham - Environmental campaigner Jonathan Eldridge

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 October 2018


Jonathan Eldridge is the co-founder of Fossil Free Newham, an environmental action group which is lobbying to stop Newham Council investing in fossil fuels.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I was born in Newham and have lived here all my life.

My mum was also born here and my grandmother remembers watching the soldiers file off to war.

Her father (my great-grandfather) owned a cobblers shop in High Street North.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

The sheer plurality of culture.

What one thing would you change?

There should be more social housing.

Use three words to describe the area.

Diverse, chaotic, proud.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

In terms if people from Newham, both my parents are pretty inspiring people.

I find them inspiring because they constantly devote themselves to others.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

There are a lot to choose from.

I’d want to redress inequality and hand more power back to local authorities, but firstly I think I would introduce a law which punishes corporate polluters, which is a tax which takes account of the damage companies do to the environment.

If you are an individual and you flytip you get a fine, so why do large organisations often escape this kind of thing?

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

I would focus on the environment, young people and their collective future.

I would also focus on art and music, cuts to public services and the effect these cuts have had on the borough.

To find out more about Fossil Free Newham, visit the Facebook page, To sign the petition urging Newham to divest from fossil fuel investments, visit

Latest Newham Stories


Essex Senior League: Saffron Walden Town 4 Clapton 0

Essex Senior League

A young filmmaker has shone a spotlight on an outreach scheme trying to tackle knife crime.

United Kingdom

Councillor Susan Masters, Clare Roche, Head of Fundraising at Richard House and Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz.


The power of sport remains unrivalled in its ability to inspire change, improve lives and unite communities.

Premier League
Yesterday, 18:11

London Lions maintained their lead at the top of the BBL Championship with victory on the road against Worcester Wolves.

Yesterday, 17:00

Imam Haque lives in East Ham, and soon he’ll begin training for his first London Marathon, for Age UK.

European Union
Yesterday, 16:56

Leyton Orient came from behind to beat Bromley and extend their unbeaten run in the National League to six matches, while also returning to the top of the table.

Dean Brill
Yesterday, 16:00

The inexperienced teenager tasked with overseeing West Ham United women’s team will have his journey followed in a new BBC Three series.

United Kingdom


Have you spent time as an unpaid carer? If you are over the age of 25 and living in Newham, the Working for Carers scheme can help you take the first steps back to employment.

Hanson Fernandes’ journey began in 2015 when he arrived in London from Goa, India.

Newsletter Sign Up

Newham Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now