Great British Oceans campaign wins four PEA (People Environment Achievement) Awards on 3 October 2015 at a ‘green carpet event’ in Brighton.
Attending from the GB Oceans coalition were Jonathan Hall from RSPB, Fiona Llewellyn from ZSL and Clare Brook representing Blue Marine Foundation. Greenpeace, Pew, and Marine Conservation Society, who form the other three members of the coalition.
The Great British Oceans campaign won awards in all the three categories entered: Nature, NGO (which was the category BLUE won last year) and Team. The Great British Oceans campaign also won Overall Champion 2015.
So why GB Oceans?
What’s unusual about GB Oceans is that it is a coalition of NGOs who have all united around a very single-minded campaign: to encourage the UK government to protect the waters around its 14 overseas territories. By working together they have managed to secure what’s been described as ‘the biggest conservation commitment by any government ever’ – the designation of the world’s largest marine reserve around Pitcairn and the commitment to create a ‘Blue Belt’ around all the UKOTs.