“Eco-logically” beneficial products, services and people who are taking effective action to protect and preserve our environment were recognised at the ninth annual Eco-Logic Awards on Monday 21 September.
Hosted by the Enviropaedia, the event was held virtually for the first time and included an address from the minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, Barbara Creecy. The minister emphasised the need to focus on a nature-positive future as part of South Africa’s overall economic recovery following Covid-19, calling for investment in green and sustainable solutions.
“South Africa’s conservation landscapes and “eco-logical” infrastructure play an important part in the development of an inclusive and climate resilient economy. Without the necessary and relevant financial backing, this sector faces a major setback,” said Creecy.
Initially scheduled for Friday 5 June (World Environment Day), the Eco-Logic Awards was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Live streaming the event seemed like the perfect alternative and meant we were able to open it up to reach more than our 300 invited guests, to include members of the public,” says David Parry-Davies, director of Enviropaedia and the awards.
Finalists in each of the 12 categories were selected from across the country in August this year. The entries were assessed by a panel of judges made up of influential environmental voices.
A highlight of the ceremony was honouring Craig Foster, a co-founder of the Sea Change Project, as this year’s Eco-Intelligence Award recipient.
The Sea Change Project represents a community of scientists, storytellers, journalists and filmmakers dedicated to raising awareness of the Great African Seaforest – the inshore kelp habitat which stretches 13 000km from De Hoop on the East Coast past the beaches of Milnerton, Big Bay and up to Namibia.
Recently making headlines for his Netflix documentary My Octopus Teacher, the Simon’s Town resident was selected for this award due to his profound understanding of what it means to be “eco-logical”.
According to Foster, eco-intelligence may be as simple as realising that we are not separate from nature and that we rely upon her for every single thing we do, including breathing.
Enviropaedia also launched its new ecologic calculator at the event. The calculator is a digital tool that prompts users to answer a five-minute questionnaire that assesses how “eco-logical” they think and how “eco-logical” their lifestyle is.