BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 14 Aug '15

Come and help celebrate the P.E.A. Awards’ fifth birthday!

pea-2015-compOver the last five years, all sorts of people have been celebrated at the annual P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement.) Award party – and they’re all sustainability stars. This year, the judges want to hear about the unsung heroes on your own doorstep.

A brand new award category – supported by Yeo Valley, Britain’s largest family-run organic brand – has been launched in search of Britain’s Greenest Family. The judges are looking for families that have taken matters into their own hands in a bid to make Britain greener (and greater).

‘Whether you’ve installed some new tech that’s raised your neighbours’ eyebrows or have found a better recycling method than the one offered by your own council, we want to hear about the bonkers, beautiful things you’re doing that could make you Britain’s Greenest Family.

‘We want to know what you’re up to, why it works and how other people can help you scale your efforts up. Inspire us with your stories and send us photos and videos so we can share them with the rest of the world.

‘Nominate yourself, your wife, your children and neighbours – we want to hear about what you’re doing to help change our future and make Britain greener.’

Jarvis Smith, P.E.A. Awards founder

On the day…

A daytime event will mark the launch of the brand new P.E.A. Nature Award, which honours the first anniversary of the designation of the UNESCO Lewes & Brighton Downs Biosphere Region.

Big Nature in the Biosphere will transform the foyer of the Brighton Centre into a celebration of local biodiversity ahead of the evening’s celebrations.

Visitors of all ages will be invited to smell, touch, feel and enjoy the work of individuals and organisations striving to improve our relationship with the Biosphere’s wildlife.

A series of inspiring talks, workshops, trade stalls and hands-on demonstrations will introduce members of the public to the diversity of life in their local environment. The event will serve as a practical guide for creating new Nature habitats – whether you’re retired or still at school.

The aim is to promote bio-empathy – an individual’s emotional connection with the natural world – so that we may all learn the true value of our natural heritage.

Everything from green roofing to wildflowers and seed bombs will be available from the trade stalls, and a series of talks and practical demonstrations from green architects and representatives from various wildlife charities will help people of all ages to gain a better understanding of the world around them.

…And on the night

The awards ceremony will be held on the seafront in Brighton on 03 October 2015. Eco-buses will be provided for the journey from London to Brighton.

The venue for this people-powered event, which has ‘Revolution’ as its theme, will be packed with street entertainers, musicians, artists and magicians.

A three-course sit-down vegetarian dinner will be provided by the venue’s award-winning caterers, along with local wines and organic spirits. Evening entertainment will be provided by the Phoenix Rose, fronted by P.E.A. Awards founder Jarvis Smith, and an hour-long set by the Stereo MCs will help everyone celebrate the night’s winners in style.

Visit Brighton tourist office will be offering discounts on hotels over the weekend, so you can stay for the night and enjoy Brighton’s sites the following day.

Categories and judges

Cat Fletcher, Brighton’s very own resource goddess, will join David Viner (chair), Hugh Jones, Jarvis Smith, Jo Wood, Katie Hill, Martin Wright and Oliver Heath on 2015’s panel of judges.

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Click here to find out more about the P.E.A. Awards, including how to enter or nominate your green hero.