The shortlist for this year’s Ethical Awards’ instituted by The Observer has been announced. The Ethical Awards honour and celebrate projects, activists, businesses, ideas as well as campaigns that have made commendable contributions for the cause of sustainable change. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver finds a place in the shortlist, along with campaigner and chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. Eco-energy company Ecotricity and fruit and veg delivery scheme Riverford are also shortlisted.
Founded by The Observer’s Lucy Siegle, the awards are into their seventh year, and include a mix of reader-voted categories and judged categories. The jury panel picked many ethically-minded celebrities and experts including Colin Firth and Livia Firth, poet Ben Okri, supermodel Lily Cole as well as TV presenter Ben Fogle.
The judgements were made earlier this month. Two new categories, for sports and arts and culture, have been included this year. According to Siegel, this really helps broaden the discussion of environmental and social justice. There are now 11 categories in total.
Many of the local initiatives shortlisted this year include the local eco football stadium called Dartford Football Club. Also, many different and unique ventures like the aerial theatre ‘As The World Tipped’ have been shortlisted for their productions based on the issue of climate change.
A ceremony in London on the May 30th will see the winners being announced. Keep updated by following this link .