Award for campaigner who highlighted Church's unenvironmentally friendly investments

Award for campaigner who highlighted Church's unenvironmentally friendly investments

By staff writers
19 Sep 2012
Siobhan Grimes collecting her certificate from Tony Juniper

A campaigner has won an award for her work in highlighting the environmentally unfriendly companies that the Church of England invests in.

Siobhan Grimes founded , which has been calling on the Church of England to divest from the oil industry and become more active in tackling climate change.

Siobhan has been given this year’s SMK Environment Award, which is sponsored by Tellus Mater. It is given to emerging campaigners working to provide sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

Siobhan joins six other Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) Campaigner Award winners, who were announced yesterday (18th September) at a special ceremony hosted by Channel 4 newscaster and SMK Patron Jon Snow, at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square.

Some of the Church of England’s biggest investments, worth hundreds of millions of pounds are in oil and mining companies.

The awards recognise the outstanding contribution that a new generation of campaigners are making towards achieving social, environmental and economic justice in the UK. The winners will receive a tailored package of support to help them develop their campaign.

SMK is the UK’s only charity dedicated to connecting, informing and supporting campaigners.

The award was presented by environmental campaigner Tony Juniper. Tony Juniper is a campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor and leading environmentalist. His work has included Executive Director of Friends of the Earth UK and Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International.

Linda Butcher, Chief Executive of SMK, said: “At a time when campaigners across the globe are taking action on issues they care about, it is extremely important to recognise the people across the UK who tackle the injustices and inequalities we face in our society.
“Our winners do just that. These inspiring individuals, from all walks of life, care deeply about an issue and have got great ideas about how to make things better. We eagerly look forward to the year ahead in supporting them to become even more effective in their campaigns”.

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