Last night Hermione and I had the exciting opportunity to attend the Ethical Observer awards on behalf of one of our top Doers, David Kemp. David used The DoNation as part of his entry to the Great Energy Race sponsored by B&Q. He was shortlisted for an award after renovating his home, adopting new low carbon habits within the family, and inspiring others to do their bit via his Donate by Doing page.
The results were announced last night at a glittering celebration of all things sustainable and ethical. From the green carpet entrance and the fashionable crowd, to the potted plants atop tables and vegan canapés; it was a shining example of sustainability becoming ‘cool’.
Lucy Siegel kicked it off with the powerful statement that ‘changing the world does not depend on politicians; it depends on the acts of individuals’ – here here! We couldn’t agree more, and we were glad to see that despite the glamour, the awards were about just that: ordinary people doing incredible things for what they believed in.
Breaking up the show was a flashy catwalk, showcasing sustainability in fashion and featuring our lovely friend and fab co-founder of The Edible Bus Stop, Makaela. They’re all about bringing green spaces to the city and are well worth a look.
Sadly David didn’t win the Great Energy Race but we were happy to see that another previous Doer Tom Yearly scooped the prize! They have both made fantastic contributions to saving energy and we’re pretty proud to support them!
To end the night we were given the most enormous goodie bag full of ethical treats (although many joked it may have been ‘full of ethical rocks’!). With a slight arch in my back I lugged it home to discover a plethora of exciting new products, including a good month’s supply of coffee to keep me going.
Thanks Ethical Observer Awards and a big thanks to David for sending us there. I wonder if we’ll get another invite next year?