Never able to find a top Environmentalist when you need one?

On 4th December 2013, in London, a hundred leading environmentalists converged to meet, in a Library, with two Bishops and a Dame.

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The occasion was the annual Christmas Reception of The Society for the Environment, the venue Carlton House Terrace, the rules Chatham House, and the Library packed.  “Putting the ‘A-list’ into Environment-alist” – one guest quipped.

Celebrity apart, this body of professionals is quietly growing the green economy, with new talent and leadership emerging – coupled with environmental skills – ‘greenest ever professionals?’  As Alex Galloway CVO, CEO of the Society said: “we have enrolled a small army of 7,000 Chartered Environmentalist professionals, from across all sectors.”

Dame Fiona Reynolds was Guest of Honour and gave a rousing and inspiring speech.  She welcomed the new dawn: that good ecology and good economy go hand in hand.

Seven remarkable individuals had been selected by the Society, for the award of Honorary Fellowship (HonFSE) for their leadership around the topic of environment.

Dozens of Presidents and VPs of Institutions, Chief Executives, Captains of Industry, and other key influencers were in attendance, across a very diverse span of the natural and man-made environment: a big umbrella: professionals across water, trees, fish, energy, construction, materials, architecture, engineering, planning, surveying as well as from accountancy, PR, law and the creative industries.  And the faith sector too…

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Photos – Steve Press,  Guild of Health

The Bishop of London and the former Bishop of Liverpool (Richard Chartres and James Jones resp.) were among those honoured by the Society. Both have shown great leadership in tackling our carbon footprints inspirationally, alongside their wider strong leadership.

Also honoured were Dr Liz Goodwin, Professor Sir John Lawton CBE, Dr Alan Knight OBE, and Keith Clarke CBE.  Dr Caroline Lucas, Britain’s first Green MP, was due to receive an HonFSE, but was instead occupied fighting for the environment on the green benches!

Amongst the audience were many other eminent Hon. Fellows including Peter Ainsworth, Pamela Castle OBE, Sue Illman, Sir Crispin Tickell, and Sara Parkin.

Alongside Dame Fiona Reynolds in making the presentations was Chair of the Society for the Environment, Professor Carolyn Roberts who said, “All of our new Honorary Fellows have shown outstanding leadership and are true professionals in their various spheres. Their leadership has inspired many, and brought tangible results. Their breadth of vision and their willingness to work for the good of future generations is an example to us all, and we are delighted to welcome them as Honorary Fellows.”

As one guest remarked on departure: “what a wonderfully diverse mix of people there was in the room tonight – bodes well for the future.  A truly great Green Britain perhaps?

More info, photos, and a pdf booklet with full text of the seven HonFSE “citations” can be found here:

http://www.socenv.org.uk/news/christmas-honfse-awards/