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green is winning

(Written on International Olympic Day, 2014)

First there was  #greenIsWorking

In 2012 in London leaders like Deborah Meaden demonstrated outside the Treasury, with a simple enough message:-
That going green boosts the real economy.

Image FoE Stop Climate Chaos coalition

But now… #greenIsWinning

(First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you… win  – Gandhi)

It was never going to take forever.  Common sense was always going to surface.  Eventually.

Yesterday, on International Olympic Day, Olympian Sarah Winckless ‘nailed’ a simple but absolutely vital overlooked message – in front of a VIP House (of Lords) – packed full to overflowing – with winnng environmental leaders – and would-be environmental leaders.  Perhaps June 23 2014 marks the day that we all start to (green) win – together.

Olympic values are respect, excellence and friendship.
Sarah conveyed how respect boils down to responsibility: responsibility for yourself, responsibility for others, and responsibility for our actions. See Sarah’s address here:

Who cares wins?  Sarah saw a room full of talent, good intention, and enthusiasm; but challenged us to look at how (and whether) we are working together – at how much (more) we can help each other – so we can all be at our collective best. Being part of something bigger than ourselves – the CREW on Spaceship Earth.  Eco-Collaboration – Big Green Team GB – Big Team Green

Never before has so much (everything) hinged on whether we can learn to get along, work together, paddle in time, and work as a unit, as one big green team.  Sarah, the Chef de Mission for GB Youth Olympics, and Olympic rower, effectively reminded us:-  we have to pull together!

Then not only will we win for ourselves, but for all members of Team Spaceship Earth, including those yet to be born.

Leadership is over glorified
Leadership is over glorified (ICYMI) – says Derek Sivers in his famous TED talk –  on how it takes courage and followership
To start a Movement – and I, for one, agree with Derek.

Let the race to be greenest begin.

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“The Society for the Environment (SocEnv) is delighted to announce that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has accepted an Honorary Fellowship of the Society for the Environment.”


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.


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: