Winners for The Observer 2015 Ethical Awards in association with Ecover, were announced at an awards ceremony at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum last week.
The awards celebrated a decade of ethical awareness with founder Lucy Siegle hosting activists, sponsors, bloggers and celebrities in attendance.
The green carpet was rolled out for the 10th year celebrating some of the most dedicated in the environmental and ethical world. Actress and UN goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson was recognised as Campaigner of the Year, specifically for her work with her HerForShe campaign. The winner of this award was chosen by Guardian and Observer readers in what was one of three reader-voted awards.
Yoko Ono was also recognised with the Lifetime Achievement award. The judges honoured the Japanese-born activist for her dedication to ecology, peace and human rights. The 82-year-old thanked the evening’s audience for the recognition over video and said: “I want to thank you for giving me such an encouragement at a time of my life when I feel I am still at the starting point.”
Soap lovers were not left out with Coronation Street claiming the first Film and Television award, in partnership with BAFTA, for the efforts to boost the show’s environmental credentials. Producers committed to bringing sustainability to one of Britain’s most famous streets. The Coronation Street set has been transformed through taking on various green initiatives, such as the installation of LED lights in one studio and creating props out of sustainable resources. The series now uses 100% renewable energy. This new category was designed this year to recognise green achievements in the entertainment industry.
Find out more about the awards here.