BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 15 September '16

Government inertia on climate change is breeding ‘a new wave of revolutionaries’

By giving the green light to the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station – public support for which is at ‘rock bottom’ – Theresa May’s government has shown it’s completely out of touch with public opinion on the UK’s energy future.

The news follows a blunt warning that the government’s climate change and environment policies aren’t fit for purpose. MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Committee called for ‘urgent action’, warning that, without major policy improvements, the UK will miss its 2020 renewable energy targets.

But while the politicians stand back, individuals up and down the UK – across all sectors – are stepping up and going to extraordinary lengths to help set us on a path to a low-carbon future.

A record number of entries to this year’s P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement.) Awards confirms a surge in UK residents taking to the streets, the forests and the oceans – the offices and the schools – to demonstrate sustainable, workable alternatives to failing government policies.

‘Can there be any hope left of leadership from Westminster? Cameron’s promise to lead ‘the greenest government ever’ is in tatters following a pro-fracking premiership that prioritised fossil fuels over renewables, and within hours of becoming Prime Minister Theresa May set the wheels in motion to close DECC – the very department charged with tackling climate change. It’s becoming increasingly clear that action on climate change will have to come from the bottom up – from a new wave of revolutionaries who understand we need to move now.’

JARVIS SMITH
P.E.A. Awards founder

Last year the Great British Oceans Coalition was crowned overall P.E.A. Champion for leading a tireless campaign following which the UK government agreed to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands. The team was applauded by the judges for getting the government to act.

However, this year’s P.E.A. Award entries and nominations reveal a growing number of individuals are bypassing government departments and taking matters into their own hands.

The awards ceremony

The winners will be announced at a glamorous green carpet event on 07 October, where guests will get a chance to network with high-flying sustainability pioneers at Brighton’s brand new i360 tower.

There will be mouthwatering vegan food, outstanding entertainment, first-class speakers – including Caroline Lucas – and signature drinks from Juniper Green organic gin and Bison Beer.

P.E.A. Awards 2016 shortlist

ARTS, FASHION, FILM, MUSIC
Alice Wilby, Novel Beings
Jo Godden, RubyMoon
Kate Holbrook, Turtle Doves
Thomas Petit, Gossypium
Vanessa Reid and Cape Farewell, ‘The Milking Parlour’

BEST OF THE SOUTH WEST
Chris Hardy, Upcycle and Eco Rangers
Vanessa Reid and Cape Farewell, ‘The Milking Parlour’

BRITAIN’S GREENEST FAMILY
Justin and Chanel Cornelius, 918 Coffee Company
Roxy Lepron, Marvellous Superfood

BUSINESS
Good Rubbish Company team
ReturnLoads.net team
Kate Holbrook, Turtle Doves

ENERGY
The Big Church Switch team
Circuitree Energy Independence team

FOOD
Ilana Taub, Snact
Suma Wholefoods team

HEALTH
ClientEarth team
Flaviano Bianchini, Source International

PIONEERS
Bristol Natural History Consortium’s Festival of Nature team
Friends of the Earth team
Harry Owen, MCB Seafoods
Reiss Salustro, Enviromate

HOMES
Alex Hunt, Bright Green Homes
Mukti Mitchell, CosyHome

MONEY
Ecology Building Society
Shared Interest Society team

REGIONAL
Chris Hardy, Upcycle and Eco Rangers
Rachael Hughes, Green Mop

RESOURCES
Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project team
Circuitree Energy Independence team
Hannah Jarratt, Do the Green Thing

TECHNOLOGY
Circuitree Energy Independence team
FuturEnergy team
Winch Energy team

TRANSPORT
The Big Lemon team
Liftshare team

TRAVEL
Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant team
Forest Holidays team
Lady Isabella Burrell, Knepp Wildland Safaris

Click here to find out more about the P.E.A. Awards and to book your ticket to the 2016 ceremony.