Environment campaigner wins prestigious award
A member of a key environmental group at the University of St Andrews has won a major “green” award.
Jamie Peters, project co-ordinator of Transition University of St Andrews has been awarded Best Green Campaigner/ Activist at the Scottish Green Awards this year. The award is designed to encourage and reward the techniques of a Scottish campaigner. Jamie was recognised for his work encouraging young people to get involved in climate change issues and volunteer their time.
Mr Peters said: “It was really pleasing to win the award but of course for environmental work it is definitely a collective effort and shared goals are the ultimate aim rather than individual ones.” In his previous role at Aberdeen University, he launched a behavioural climate change project which saw students volunteer thousands of hours of their time for the cause.
He also worked with students to reduce their carbon impact by hundreds of tonnes and helped plant hundreds of trees.
So successful was the Aberdeen Climate Change Project that the university went on to spend £90,000 over three years to continue the project. Jamie also addressed the United Nations through the UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC) as part of their delegation, as UKYCC Scottish Coalition Officer.
He is set to attend the next annual climate change meeting of the UN in Durban, South Africa in December.
Mr Peters added: “It has been amazing to be involved with UKYCC and Transition University of St Andrews.
“I am really excited at what is going on here at a grassroots level as well as taking on these challenges at a global level. I would encourage everyone to get involved with what is going on here at St Andrews.”
Transition University of St Andrews is a growing movement comprising students, staff and members of the St Andrews community with the aim of working together to combat the global issues of climate change and falling oil supplies as well as reduce carbon footprints.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
Jamie Peters is available on 01334 464000 or 07545179818.
Issued by the Press Office, University of St Andrews
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Ref: (environmentaward 07/10/11)