Sunday, November 26, 2006

In the latest issue of its quarterly magazine Your Environment, the UK Environment Agency has compiled a list of their top 100 eco-heroes. The list contains some predictable entries and some surprising ones. Charles Darwin (ranked 87), Henry David Thoreau (49), Petra Kelly (45) and Sir Peter Scott (21) will raise few eyebrows. Father Christmas (100), Joe Strummer (98) and G.K. Chesterton (52) may need a little thinking about.

Good to see there's no room for recently deceased blokeish Aussie animal-botherer Steve Irwin. Disappointing that bearded bumbling climate change sceptic David Bellamy charts at number 18 (not "with a bullet", sadly).

Here in reverse order are, or is, the Top Ten:

(10) Gro Harlem Brundtland
(9) Al Gore
(8) William Morris
(7) HRH Prince of Wales
(6) Wangari Maathai
(5) James Lovelock
(4) Sir David Attenborough
(3) Jonathon Porritt
(2) E.F. Schumacher

And the winner is ....

(1) Rachel Carson

Make of that what you will.

For the latest issue of Your Environment, with details of the full list and how it was compiled, click here.


At 12:06 pm, Blogger Matt Burge said...

Say wot. The Coffee House ain't in there. They takin the piss,.. innit.

At 12:15 pm, Blogger Pete Smith said...

Yes, well... My first thought was it was purely individuals rather than collectives. But on closer examination it seems "The Coffee House" editorial team has been passed over in favour of the people of Bougainville (55) and Tom and Barbara from 'The Good Life' (91). Ho hum.

At 2:54 pm, Blogger Keith Scott said...

An interesting selection. If only Al Gore had done more while Vice President he would surely have come higher in the list.

At 5:40 pm, Anonymous Jane Ennis said...

I agree with you about William Morris!

At 10:33 pm, Blogger Earthpal said...

Very interesting.

Glad to see Sir David Attenborough high up there.

I was also glad to read your comments regarding Steve Irwin. After he died, I got so many lashings from my friends for dutifully informing them that he wasn't the animal respecter they believed him to be. I'm sorry he died but he was no hero of the animals and people should know that.

And lol at the Bellamy comments. Staggering to read that he ranked better than George Monbiot!

I like what they said about Gandhi..."Because a wise man lives simply." He should have been ranked higher in my opinion.

James Lovelock gaining 5th: Hmmm...great eco-person but he believes in nuclear power which would push him down the rankings if it were my list.

I really enjoyed reading this list. Thanks. :-)

At 4:59 pm, Anonymous Environment Agency said...

We really want to know who you think is missing from the list. Email the editor (her email address is on page three of the mag) to make your nomination. We're going to do a follow-up piece in the new year.

David Cameron, Head of Publishing.

At 3:09 pm, Blogger Pete Smith said...

Just the one nomination? Tricky. Here's a few to choose from, in no particular order.

The Woodland Trust, conservation charity working for the UK's native woodland heritage

Brenda and Robert Vale, authors of "The Autonomous House"

Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, Permaculture pioneers

Barbara Ward, economist and author, early advocate of sustainable development before the term became fashionable

John Seymour, self-sufficiency guru

Pete Smith - no, sorry, I'm not nominating myself, that's my signature 8-)

At 5:03 pm, Blogger groeswenphil said...

I'm sure that somebody is missing from this list......Sadly from a member of a race that is often forgotten when it comes to issues such as this.

Every part of this soil is sacred in the estimation of my people. Every hillside, every valley, every plain and grove, has been hallowed by some sad or happy event in days long vanished.

Chief Seattle. 1854

Philip Edwards,


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