LAUNCHED 14th JUNE 2014 – BRISTOL EARTH CHAMPIONS QUEST
CALLING ALL CITIZENS OF BRISTOL, BATH AND NORTH EAST SOMERSET –
THE SEARCH IS ON
The Earth Champions Foundation has launched a Quest to find this region's environmental champions.
Following a very successful launch at the Arnolfini theatre, as part of the Big Green week, the Earth Champions Foundation has launched it's impressive community programme that initiates change from the bottom up.
The event, at which George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, environmentalist, Sir Crispin Tickell and Earth Champions, CEO, Fiona Mathews spoke, acted as a springboard and call to action for people to identify and nominate their unsung local heroes.
'We are inviting those living within or outside the region, to nominate local people or organisations that are actively working within the community to make changes in the areas of water, energy, transport, air, biodiversity, waste minimisation, the built environment, and well being,' says Fiona Mathews, 'No matter on what scale and across any age group, we are looking for people with passion and drive.'
First launched and supported by Nelson Mandela in September, 2000, The Earth Champion Quests have taken place in Australia, Switzerland and Hong Kong with outstanding results and international recognition.
Through this innovative year-long initiative, local heroes can become recognised leaders and mentors in community programmes that bring people together, empower them and show them how to make change.
With exciting events, workshops and celebrity appearances taking place throughout the year, nominees are interviewed and then reviewed by the Earth Champions International Advisory Board (chaired by Sir Crispin Tickell) which includes the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
All nominees are celebrated at an Earth Champions awards ceremony in June 2015 and a Community day in June 2015 will be held showcasing all nominated initiatives and innovations during the visit of European parliamentarians to Bristol at the 2015 European Green Capital.
Communities are then invited to learn and adopt the best practices in programmes led by local Earth Champions.
The important work, innovations and programmes of the Earth Champions will then contribute to the Knowledge Pond® which acts as an information sharing global hub and a blueprint for change.
Enquiries: Fiona Mathews +44 (0) 7726 780767
Row 1, L to R: Presenter, BBC News Reporter and BBC Bristol Radio host Laura Rawlings, Fiona Mathews, CEO Earth Champions Foundation.
Row 2, L to R: George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, Sir Crispin Tickell, environmentalist.
Row 3, L to R: Guitarist Michael Hennessy, Saffeyeh Cornelius, member of the 'Young Stars' group, London.