YLNM is delighted to be shortlisted as one of 50 projects worldwide being considered for the Lush Spring Prize 2019!
That we have got this far is down to the work of the vibrant, diverse and incredibly courageous individuals, communities, organisations and networks that make up YLNM.
These people are defending our living Earth from mining destruction every day, whilst actively working on regenerative projects for a more social, ecologically and economically just world.
As our global economy becomes more and more mineral intensive and states, corporations and economic elites a-like double-down on their faith in economic growth and extractivism as the solution to our crises, the work and example of the groups YLNM is made up of has never been more important.
Read the LUSH press release below to find out more
Press Release. 10th February 2019
2019 Spring Prize shortlist announced
50 projects from around the world have been shortlisted for the £200,000 Lush Spring Prize for environmental and social regeneration.
The 2019 Lush Spring Prize received over 250 applications, which were shortlisted to a group of 50 in January this year1. Applications were received from across six continents and 68 different countries.
Although the shortlist is extremely diverse, interesting common themes can be identified.
Shortlisted projects were seen to be taking ownership of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, using regenerative practices as a means of achieving them in a way that remains relevant to the local context. Climate Change was the most common issue being addressed – not just in terms of preventing it but adapting to and mitigating the effects that are already being felt by projects and their stakeholders.
Projects were driven by a range of stakeholders, including grassroots campaigners, small scale agro-ecological producers, regenerative businesses, indigenous groups, academics, global solidarity networks and think tanks. Their work addresses multiple issues needed to support life, including ecosystem restoration, regenerative food production, building community, creating resilient housing and circular economies, whilst also supporting displaced people, protecting indigenous rights and access to land.
What is the LUSH Spring Prize?
The LUSH Spring Prize was set up to support ‘regenerative’ projects – those that go beyond sustainability by taking holistic approaches to restoring degraded land and communities. It seeks to support those who are actively involved in restoring all the systems they are part of. By supporting regenerative projects the Spring Prize hopes to raise the profile of the movement as a whole to inspire more individuals, groups and communities to start the regenerative process. The LUSH Spring Prize is a joint venture between LUSH Cosmetics and Ethical Consumer and is now in its third cycle, having started in 2017.