Keynsham campaigner Fiona named a 'Green Heart Hero'
A Keynsham campaigner has been recognised for her work to tackle plastic pollution and reduce food waste at an awards ceremony held at the Palace of Westminster.
Fiona Edwards was shortlisted in the Individual Inspiration category in The Climate Coalition’s Green Heart Hero Awards and travelled to London on March 11 for the event, which was hosted by TV and radio presenter Clive Anderson.
Her nomination came after she helped launch the Keynsham Plastic Re-Action protest in March last year, in which shoppers visiting the town’s Tesco supermarket removed all of the packaging at the checkout and left it at the store. A video of the event was viewed around the world, inspiring people across the UK and in many other countries to organise similar protests.
Fiona is also working with the Eco-Congregation at Chewton Keynsham Church to set up a community fridge to redistribute surplus food from businesses to prevent it going to waste.
She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I heard I had been nominated for an award. After working with the groundbreaking Keynsham Plastic Re-Action group and helping to develop the Community Fridge plans over the past year, ecological work has become an important part of my life. It is important to increase awareness of environmental issues, so that people can change their ideas and make different decisions.
"In this way change can be real and bottom up, encouraging those at the top to follow the lead. This honour recognises the actions of the people who planned and carried out the Plastic Re-Action event, which was so much more successful than anyone could have foreseen.”
Fiona attended the event with Mike Burke from Keynsham Team Ministry and met host Clive Anderson and Green MP Caroline Lucas among other guests at the awards.
To find out more about Keynsham Plastic Re-Action, visit www.facebook.com/keynshamplasticreaction or for Keynsham Community Fridge, visit www.facebook.com/Keynsham-Community-Fridge-2459361917621546