Walking in Famous Footsteps with our Climate Champions
Over the past few months NFG had the opportunity to paint some inspirational feet with bright orange paint!
Near Future Garden collected the footprints of famous Climate Champions who share our vision for a low carbon future.
These personal footprints were made into wooden versions from a sustainably harvested oak tree and will feature on the Carbon Path of Near Future Garden at RHS Hampton Court 2016.
Many thanks to our Climate Champions for supporting NFG’s campaign to create the world’s largest collection of footprints for a low carbon future.
Take part in this campaign and donate your footprint image.
Jon is among the most highly regarded newsmen of our time, renowned for his independence of mind and his unerring ability to get to the heart of the matter. He is best known as the longest-running presenter of Channel 4 News, which he has presented since 1989.
Jon is totally committed to raising climate change higher up the political, social and economic agenda as he believes “it is one of the most serious threats facing the world”.
Jon donated his footprint to NFG as he feels it is vitally important to take collective action on climate change to create a lasting legacy for future generations.
“We owe it to those who come after us to come together and begin to achieve the changes in human behaviour that we know must happen. Without it future generations of humanity will suffer in a world from which we, in our time, have extracted and despoiled so much.”
Jon Snow 2015
Julia Bradbury is a well known TV presenter specialising in documentaries and consumer affairs. As well as the BBC1 series Watchdog, she co-presented Countryfile with Matt Baker for 6 years.
Her series of walks which have run for many years including Wainwright’s Walks in the Lake District and, more recently on ITV, “Best Walks with a View” featuring many of the UK’s most stunning landscapes, continue to be extremely popular and watched by millions.
Julia is passionate about encouraging everybody to experience nature and many of her series are dedicated to exploring the great outdoors. A genuine adventurer, she never misses an opportunity to take up a challenge whether that’s learning to rock climb on the Old Man of Stoer in Sutherland or being the first person to camp overnight on top of the O2 Arena.
Her motivation to get others outside and walking is shared through her website The Outdoor Guide. This is an online resource where you’ll find all you need to know. From Julia’s favourite routes, which are available to download, to the best gear, the best places to stay along the way, news about walking festivals, the latest information from the National Trust as well as tree-planting initiatives and family forest adventures. This is the online resource with the lowdown on the outdoor world.
“When I was a little girl my Dad taught me to tickle trout in a stream in Buxton. It was an experience I have never forgotten and I genuinely believe if we can get our little ones to engage in just the smallest of outdoor adventures, bug hunting in the park or building shelters in the garden, then we can secure the passion of future generations to love and protect our earth.”
Many thanks to Meanwhile Gardens who kindly allowed us to visit their beautiful green space in London to take images of Julia featured above.
Sir Tim Smit
Sir Tim Smit KBE is Executive Vice-Chairman, and Co-founder of the Award winning Eden Project.
Sir Tim Smit is best known for taking a ruined and discarded landscape to create one of the most popular, and arguably most imaginative, botanical gardens in the world— a model “for how people can live with the grain of nature.”
Eden began as a dream 1995 and opened its doors to the public in 2000, since when more than 18 million people have come to see what was once a sterile pit turned into a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and startling architecture symbolic of human endeavour.
Sir Tim Smit was jointly responsible for Eden’s vision, raising the £80 million funding needed and for pulling the team of people together to build what has been described as the eigth wonder of the world.
The Eden Project educates visitors about a range of important environmental matters and in particular, encourages a greater understanding and empathy of man’s relationship with plants. It houses the world’s largest transparent biomes which contain two distinct biospheres.
The Humid Rainforest Biome contains over 1,000 plants from the threatened rainforest environment that is crucial to the balance of the earth’s climate. It is the largest indoor rainforest in the world with plant specimens from the Tropical Islands, Southeast Asia, West Africa and Tropical South America.
The Mediterranean Biome displays plant species from the warm temperate regions of the world including the Mediterranean, South Africa and California.
Eden is immensely proud of its success in changing people’s perception of the potential for and the application of science, by communicating and interpreting scientific concepts through the use of art, drama and storytelling as well as living up to its mission to take a pivotal role in local regeneration. It demonstrates once and for all that sustainability is not about sandals and nut cutlets, it is about good business practice and the citizenship values of the future.
“I donated my footprints to NFG because I believe the metaphor of seeing a lot of people’s feet will render us all ordinary and make people think about the fact that it is ordinary people getting together that will actually change the world.”
Juliet Davenport, OBE, Founder and CEO of Good Energy
Juliet is an exceptional renewable industry entrepreneur and Climate Champion since she has built Good Energy from scratch in 1999.
Her mission then, as it is now, is to tackle climate change, help deliver energy security for the UK, and give consumers the opportunity to buy and invest in 100% renewable electricity.
Her passion for renewables grew out of an early interest in climate change, which she studied as part of her physics degree at Oxford University.
Juliet is consistently driven by the belief that renewables can and must play a part in an environmentally sustainable, economically affordable and diverse energy supply structure.
Juliet sits on the Energy UK board as a representative of smaller suppliers and in June 2015 was appointed to the board of the Natural Environment Research Council. She is also a founding director of the POWERful Women initiative, which supports improving gender diversity in the energy industry.
“The Near Future Garden is both beautiful and mindful of the issues we need to face.”
In 1967, with his brother Gregory, he established the UK’s first macrobiotic restaurant and then Ceres, the first natural food shop. These evolved into the Whole Earth Foods organic food company.
This was followed in 1991 by the creation of Green & Blacks chocolate with Josephine Fairley, his journalist partner. The name derived from a wordplay — “Green” standing for the environmental concerns of the founders, and “Black” for the high cocoa solids chocolate they wished to provide. In 1994, the company began purchasing Fairtrade cocoa from Maya farmers in Belize for the Maya Gold chocolate bar, and was awarded the Worldaware Business Award in 1994 for good business practice. Maya Gold was the first Fairtrade-marked product. Green & Blacks changed forever the way that chocolate is produced through these ground breaking Fairtrade criteria.
In 2007 Craig, who was Chairman of the UK’s Soil Association for many years, and Dan Morrell, founder of the Carbon Neutral Company, set up Carbon Gold. The aim was to help mitigate climate change and support sustainable food production through the development of biochar-based products and projects which remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and improve soil fertility.
Carbon Gold believes that biochar can play a significant role in the fight against climate change, but it is not a ‘silver bullet’. It can only be truly effective as part of a wider effort to cut energy consumption, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and resist intensive farming practices which can lead to deforestation and the destruction of natural ecosystems.
What is a Carbon Footprint?
A carbon footprint measures the impact our activities have on the environment and, in particular, climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transport etc.