Campaigning photographer Ashley Cooper has won an international award for his work on the impact of climate change.
Ashley, from Ambleside, was presented with the Green Apple award for Environmental Best Practice at a ceremony at the House of Commons, in the media and marketing category.
His book, Images from a Warming Planet, is already shaking the political establishment and a plan is under way to send a copy to every world leader. The book documents his 13 year journey photographing the devastating impacts of climate change on every continent around the world.
The Green Apple Awards were The Green Organisation’s first initiative when it launched in 1994, and they have gone from strength to strength ever since. The Green Organisation is an international, independent, non-profit, non-political, non-activist environment group, dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.
Initially aimed only at local authorities, the organisers were soon asked to set up a similar scheme for commerce and industry. Then there was growing interest from overseas, so all of these sectors are now a permanent fixture on the calendar with a presentation ceremony every November in the House of Commons.
The aims are to improve environmental performance, encourage the efficient use of resources, enhance the competitiveness of organisations, and support the wider goals of sustainable development.
Ashley’s book, which appeared in print last year, had a national launch in London recently sponsored by Impact, the multi-award winning global leadership action company.
He is pictured receiving his award from Michael Cook of The Green Organisation