50 projects from around the world have been shortlisted for the 2019 Lush Spring Prize for environmental and social regeneration.
Over 250 applications were received from across six continents and 68 different countries. You can view the shortlist, and below that all other nominations listed by country, on Lush Spring Prize website.
Although the shortlist is extremely diverse, interesting common themes can be identified. Shortlisted projects were seen to be taking ownership of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, using regenerative practices as a means of achieving them in a way that remains relevant to the local context. Climate Change was the most common issue being addressed – not just in terms of preventing it but adapting to and mitigating the effects that are already being felt by projects and their stakeholders.
Projects were driven by a range of stakeholders, including grassroots campaigners, small scale agro-ecological producers, regenerative businesses, indigenous groups, academics, global solidarity networks and think tanks. Their work addresses multiple issues needed to support life, including ecosystem restoration, regenerative food production, building community, creating resilient housing and circular economies, whilst also supporting displaced people, protecting indigenous rights and access to land.
A skill sharing event will be held at Emerson College in East Sussex from the 19-21 May for the winners, and a press and awards event will be held in London on the 22nd May. 2019’s Spring Prize winners will be announced during this time, having been decided by a panel of 12 judges.
The Spring Prize judging panel is comprised of prominent people in the regenerative movement as well as one Lush staff judge and one Lush customer judge. You can read more about the judges here: Spring Prize Judging Panel.
You can read the press realease here. It includes a description and photo of an example project from each category.