Following the success of the inaugural Green Giant Awards at our COP26 Fringe Festival in 2021, this November Holyrood Events will once again be celebrating the best within Scotland’s climate change movement.
The awards ceremony will take place on day one of our 2-day Climate Emergency Summit. The Summit will focus on the policies, actions and track record of the Scottish and UK Governments and the wider world in delivering on the commitments made in the Glasgow Climate Pact. As the festival and awards will coincide with COP27 in Egypt, we will consider how this looks to build on Glasgow to meet the challenges posed by the climate crisis.
In contrast to these substantial discussions, the awards ceremony and ceilidh will be an opportunity to celebrate the excellence and hard work, within the climate change movement in Scotland. The Holyrood Green Giant Awards is all about highlighting some of the outstanding achievements of those working across the public, private and third sectors to deliver a net-zero nation by 2045. It’s a chance to let our hair down, have a bit of fun, and dance the night away at the popular post-awards ceilidh! The awards will be hosted renowned Scottish comedian Craig Hill!
To judge the awards shortlist, we assembled some of the most respected voices from across Scotland, who have made their own distinctive contributions to tackling climate change and restoring and enhancing the natural world. This includes last year’s Lifetime Achievement winner, Professor James Curran MBE, who will be joined by:
- Chris Stark, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change
- Professor Janette Webb, Co-Director, UK Energy Research Centre & Chair, UK Committee on Climate Change 2016 Advisory Group on Energy Efficiency and Heat
- Gina Hanrahan, Head of Policy & Advocacy, WWF Scotland
- Emma Yule, Operations, 2050 Climate Group
- Dr Deborah Long, Chief Officer, Scottish Environment LINK
The winners have now been announced!
Youth Champion Award: Dr Hannah Ritchie, Our World in Data
Technology & Innovation Award: Circular Disposal of Wind Turbine Blades – ReBlade Limited
Scotland’s Champion Award: Elizabeth Leighton, Secretariat, Climate Emergency Response Group
Diversity & Inclusion Award: The Glasgow Barons
Nature & the Environment Award: Aline Finger and Martine Borge, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Lifetime Achievement Award: Claudia Beamish