The 2017 Sustainable City Awards on July 5th are fast approaching, and we already have our shortlisted candidates!
For now we would like to take a look back at last year’s overall winner, Client Earth, an international charity which uses the law to protect the planet. Working across continents, they find real, workable solutions to the Earth’s most pressing challenges.
Here are some reflections on the awards by James Thornton, CEO of environmental Lawyers, Client Earth.
We were tremendously honoured to be recognised as one of those “leading by example” on sustainable development in the city. We were proud to be named overall winner against fierce competition like that from Siemens’ revolutionary building The Crystal, Deutsche Bank and Nomura.
Winning the overall Sustainable Cities Award last year was a real honour for ClientEarth and all our staff and was one of the highlights of our year. We were extremely privileged to be recognised for the work we do in seeking to create more sustainable cities and societies.
Shortly prior to the awards taking place in 2016, my organisation had warned the government that we would take legal action, again, over its flawed plans to tackle pollution and improve the quality of the air we breathe in the UK. We won that case in court at the end of 2016 and we hope that victory will help to improve the health and wellbeing of all cities and their citizens across the UK. We are also working in states and cities across the EU to improve air quality.
Securing the backing of the judges and capturing the overall winners’ award sent a signal to those who still fail to see the need for urgent action. We and many other organisations work hard all year round to ensure that sustainability wins through in communities around the world. We all need to do all we can to fight for a sustainable world together.
We hope our success at the Sustainable City Awards gives hope to other charities and businesses that no matter what, you can have a positive impact on the environment – and that impact may well be recognised and rewarded. Such recognition should – and does – act as an incentive to us and others to do even more to help encourage sustainable activities – at work and at home.
We wish to thank the City of London Corporation and LSx for their hard work and commitment. All the organisations shortlisted must be commended for their amazing work in our fight to bring sustainability to our city – and to the wider world.