Our only chance of ending the sixth mass extinction – which is reportedly already underway – is by coming together, acknowledging our role and uniting to change the future. 2017’s P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement.) Awards did just that.
At a glamorous green-carpet event in London’s Banking Hall on Friday 13 October, green heroes from the UK and beyond were recognised in a Mexican Day of The Dead-themed celebration. The full sit-down dinner was limited to 250 of the most ethical, prestigious and fabulous guests, and presented by eco-architect and biophilic designer Oliver Heath.
The night honoured those who have dedicated their lives to ending the forces that are driving extinction – from deforestation abroad to over-consumption right here in the UK. Spectacular awards, designed and created by ethical jeweller Katie Weiner, were given to individuals and teams in sectors ranging from the arts to money – and the Corts were named Britain’s Greenest Family for 2017.
A new Green Pioneer award, sponsored by green beauty pioneer Weleda, marked the awards’ seventh birthday, and competition was so stiff that the judges decided to honour two initiatives – one national and one international – that address very different issues.
There was delicious vegetarian food from award-winning caterers and, as always, the P.E.A. Awards signature drinks partners provided enough Juniper Green Organic Gin, Bison craft beers and Luscombe organic soft drinks to sink a cruise liner.
2017’s P.E.A. Charity of the Year, which will receive money raised on the night of the awards ceremony, is the Findhorn Foundation, an experimental community that works with Nature to weave a new story for humanity.
Claire Potter, Claire Potter Design (ARTS, sponsored by MyGreenPod.com)
Claire is tackling the problem of single-use plastics from both sides: reduce and reuse. A savvy social networker, Claire leads Beach Cleans to recover ‘waste’ materials, which are transformed into physical products in her studio. Claire also founded the Plastic Free Pledge, encouraging people and businesses to commit to ditching single-use plastics.
Carrie and Adam Cort and family (BRITAIN’S GREENEST FAMILY, sponsored by Yeo Valley)
On Earth Day 2012, Carrie Cort, mother of then four-year-old Adam, launched Sussex Green Living out of a concern for her son’s future. Since then this environmental awareness and education initiative has gathered unstoppable momentum, with three generations – plus a growing group of volunteers – now actively involved.
Assim Ishaque, Envirup (ENERGY, sponsored by Octopus Energy)
Unlike any other cement-based system, Envirup’s external wall insulation can be fitted in any weather conditions. The insulation shell – made from 75% recycled PVC – is suitable for the most difficult to treat ‘non-brick built homes’, so it could save the most vulnerable residents £180-445 per year and help put an end to fuel poverty.
Daniel Watson, SafetyNet Technologies (FOOD, sponsored Wyke Farms)
This UK tech startup designs and builds light-emitting devices that retrofit to fishing gear and
attract and repel different species, based on their behavioural response. The goal is to make the fishing supply chain more sustainable by helping crews catch only the right fish. During trials last year, bycatch was lowered by up to 60% in a North Sea fishery.
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