Ethical Consumer and Lush Cosmetics launched the Lush Spring Prize on 5th December 2016.
£200,000 has so far been awarded to projects around the world working on environmental and social regeneration.
There are four prize categories:
Consultation and feedback will continue throughout the prize process and beyond, and we invite you to let us know what you think.
The Prize celebrates projects around the world that are increasing the capacity of communities and societies to thrive in harmony with nature and each other.
This may include organisations that are generating renewable resources, restoring ecosystem functions, and supporting communities in becoming more resilient.
The prize aims:
Think of the earth as a whole; all its natural processes, all its diversity, all its wealth. Think of the role of humans on the planet; how we treat each other, and how we treat the planet.
If the whole of earth and humanity was looked at from the outside, what would impress, and what would dismay? How could we do better?
1. Exploitation has gone too far.
There are too many win / lose situations, where one goal is pursued at the expense of another. Where short-term gain undermines long-term survival; where the economy grows, but the environment is degraded, or where some people benefit from other people’s suffering.
This exploitation has gone too far and the Earth’s systems are in danger of being damaged beyond repair.
2. The whole system needs attention.
Our own wellbeing relies on the health of natural and social systems and the many inter-connected relationships. We are interdependent, and things could be better organised to benefit all.
We need to take into account the whole system and all its complexities when trying to solve problems.
3. We need to move beyond the ‘sustainable’.
The word ‘sustainable’ has been used a lot over the last 20 years to describe situations which prolong ‘business as usual’ and maintain inequalities.
We now need to move livelihoods and economies beyond the sustainable if we are to revive damaged environments and communities. We need to move towards environmental and social regeneration.
4. The Lush Spring Prize supports environmental and social regeneration.
Communities all over the world have developed ways to live in harmony with nature and each other: generating renewable resources, restoring ecosystem functions, and supporting solidarity, community cohesion and resilience.
The LUSH Spring Prize aims to highlight inspiring examples and support organisations that are moving livelihoods and economies beyond the sustainable, to revive damaged environments by putting back more than what’s taken out.
The prize will support a range of projects – from the ideas stage, through to young and established organisations, and campaigns.
Read more about what we mean by Regeneration.