BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 20 Sep '17

UK’s leading green awards reveals the pioneers who are ripping up the rulebook

The current rate of human-related extinction of wildlife is between 1,000 and 10,000 times that of the natural rate of extinction.

While it’s estimated that 80% of species are yet to be identified – a new species of plant or animal is discovered in the Amazon every other day – there’s a real risk that many may become extinct before we’ve had chance to find them.

All around us Nature is dying: the only way to put an end to mass extinction is to come together, acknowledge our role and unite to change the future.

Celebrating pioneers

2017’s P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement.) Awards will celebrate and honour pioneers across the globe who have dedicated their lives to ending the forces that are driving extinction – from deforestation abroad to over-consumption right here in the UK.

Last year, MCB Seafoods won one of two Pioneer awards for its ‘Retrawl’ scheme, which collects and recycles old fishing gear – free of charge – into swimming costumes, sunglasses, nylon socks and skateboards. The second winner, Enviromate, allows tradesmen to list and search for surplus material that can be reused, reducing the depletion of natural resources and waste to landfill.

A record number of entries to this year’s P.E.A. Awards confirms that change is happening, and 2017’s shortlist is packed with inspiring people who are ripping up the rulebook and saying ‘enough is enough’. They have all chosen a path – rarely the one of least resistance in their respective fields – that will allow them act before it’s too late.

‘When I founded the P.E.A.s back in 2010, the awards were built out of a disappointment in the lack of support for people trying to change our world. I could see this was the most important subject of humanity’s time, yet the media – at that time – didn’t care.

‘Nearly a decade later sustainability is a mainstream topic. Global warming knocks on doors every day, and people are dying as catastrophic climatic changes hit home.

‘Only by radically adapting and adopting different ways of doing things will we survive as a species. If we continue to allow global corporations to pursue profit at the expense of all else then we are all dead!

‘This year’s P.E.A. shortlist offers fine examples of the changes that can be made quickly and easily for the sake of future generations.’

JARVIS SMITH
Founder of the P.E.A. Awards

The awards ceremony

The evening’s celebrations, at London’s Banking Hall on Friday 13 October, will announce and honour our P.E.A. heroes for 2017 in a true Mexican Day of the Dead-style ceremony!

There will be a full sit-down dinner, which is limited to 500 of the most green, prestigious and fabulous guests.

There will be delicious vegetarian food from award-winning caterers, and our signature beverage partners will provide enough Juniper Green Organic Gin, Bison craft beers and Luscombe organic soft drinks to sink a ship. On top of that, an abundance of very special wines has been selected to accompany the food.

Tickets for 2017’s P.E.A. Awards are now sold out.

The Shortlist

ARTS
Sponsored by MyGreenPod.com

  • Dr Martin Kiszko, The UK’s Green Poet
  • Claire Potter, Claire Potter Design
  • Phil Stewart, Creative Recycling

BRITAIN’S GREENEST FAMILY
Sponsored by Yeo Valley

  • Carrie and Adam Cort and family
  • Zoe Leeson

ENERGY
Sponsored by Octopus Energy

  • David Greenfield, SOENECS
  • Assim Ishaque, Envirup
  • SolarEdgeTechnologies (team)

FOOD
Sponsored Wyke Farms

  • Toast Ale (team)
  • OLIO (team)
  • Daniel Watson, SafetyNet Technologies

GREEN PIONEER
Sponsored by Weleda

  • Claire Morsman, Morsbags
  • Shyamsunder Paliwal, Working for Eco Feminism
  • QED (team)
  • MacRebur (team)

MONEY
Sponsored by Mongoose Crowd

  • Debbie Chettleburgh, Investing Ethically Ltd
  • Huw Davies, Triodos Bank
  • Impax (team)

NATURE
Sponsored by Love Nature

  • Poppy’s Creche (team)
  • Marcus te Rehorst, KorkAllee
  • Nicholas Ripley, Pennine Lancashire Community Farm

TRAVEL

  • Big Green Coach (team)
  • Thomas Klein, VeggieHotels
  • Simon Nash, Green Oil UK Ltd

VEGAN
Sponsored by Tideford Organics

  • Aph Ko, Black Vegans Rock
  • Rob Trounce, Walden
  • Louise Pinchen, Vegan Festival UK