Birmingham Friends of the Earth (BFoE) were shortlisted at the Friends of the Earth (EWNI)’s annual Earthmovers Awards this weekend. Our Citizen Science project was one of two runners-up in the Campaign or Project of the Year category.

The Earthmover awards happen every year at Friends of the Earth’s annual get-together Basecamp, and are to celebrate the excellent work that local groups do across the network. This year there were four categories: Friend of Friend of the Earth, Campaign or Project of the Year, Group of the Year and Friend of the Earth.

Naturally we’re very pleased that our hard work engaging with schools on air pollution was recognised, and it was nice to share something that we’d done with other groups.

However the Citizen Science project was not the only thing related to Birmingham Friends of the Earth that won an award. Long-standing campaigner Karen Leach was joint winner of the Friend of the Earth category. This was for her work on Dialogue and Influence between local groups and the national organisation, as well as her longstanding service and her work tirelessly fundraising at festivals for BFoE.

We’re obviously very happy to see Karen get the recognition she so thoroughly deserves for all her hard work, advocating for Friends of the Earth local groups and for the time she’s put into BFoE. All of us at BFoE are rightly very proud of her. Well done Karen!