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