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Lush Spring Prize 2018

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Today is the launch of the second year of the Lush Spring Prize, a collaboration with Ethical Consumer and Lush 


Lush Spring Prize is a £200,000 annual fund that aims to support projects around the world that are working towards environmental and social regeneration. 

The Spring Prize celebrates projects around the world that are increasing the capacity of communities and societies to thrive in harmony with nature and each other, building health, wholeness and resilience.

 

The Lush Spring Prize 2018 from Lush Spring Prize on Vimeo.

 

It aims to raise the profile of regeneration and its potential to move livelihoods and economies beyond ‘sustainability’.

In the 1990s, sustainability became a buzzword. A lot of amazing work has been done to develop systems that meet the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

But the word ‘sustainable’ has been used a lot to describe situations which prolong ‘business as usual’ and maintain inequalities. Many environments and societies are still degraded, and need more than sustaining – they need regenerating.


Prize details


The 2018 Spring Prize will award prizes in the following four categories:


Intentional projects (£10,000)

...to four great ideas in the early stages.


Young projects (£20,000)

...to three projects 1-5 years old seeking to grow.


Established projects (£25,000)

...to two beacons demonstrating success and withstanding the test of time.


Influence award (£25,000)

...to two campaigns influencing policy or public opinion in support of regeneration.


Applications are welcomed from anywhere in the world and to support this, the website contains information in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.

For more information and to apply see the Lush Spring Prize website. Entries close at 23.59 GMT on the 10th December 2017.


Who won last year?

11 prizes were awarded in 2017. Winning and shortlisted project profiles are available on the spring prize website

 

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Anna from Ethical Consumer introducing Lush Spring Prize 2017



The winners demonstrate the variety of approaches that can be taken to create a more regenerative society: from restoring degraded landscapes to creating platforms that give a voice to marginalised communities.

For example, the Timbaktu Collective received an award for their work in the drought-prone and ecologically challenged Anantapur District in South India.

Since 1991 Timbaktu has worked with 20,763 families on community-led conservation, nature restoration, and social and economic empowerment. The Collective’s work showcases viable models for ‘making markets work for the poor’, and the environment.


Siddharth Rao, Director of Ecology and Conservation at Timbaktu commented:

“Nothing is more important than maintaining a healthy relationship with nature and the environment. As a society, we have all but forgotten this in our quest for development and monetary returns. The Spring Prize reiterates that collective action and community-led efforts are valued and cherished.”

 

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Siddharth Rao at Lush Spring Prize 2017

 

Regeneration is made possible by holistic systems designed to create win-win scenarios, where people work in harmony with nature and each other.

The Lush Spring Prize is designed to support this approach and we hope that the winners’ stories will inspire others to join the movement for environmental and social regeneration.

 

Fringe events

This year there will also be a number of fringe events taking place around the prize, such as ‘Meet the Winners’ events in London and Poole in May 2018. The Spring Prize will also have a presence at the Lush Summit in February, alongside many other campaigns supported by Lush.

You can follow the progress of the prize on Facebook and Twitter

 


 

 

 

 


 

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