The People and Environment Achievement Awards are now in their second year and making quite an impact on the green-scene.

I attended the inaugral event last year, which was hosted at The National Geographic Store in London and the buzz was intense to say the least.

Here am I and my dear friend, Community Award category winner Azul-Valerie Thome, as she proudly hoists up her chic green glass trophy.

She’s standing to the right of Maddy and Tim Harland, creators and of the most excellent read, Permaculture Magazine and this year, Maddy is a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year category, honouring an individual who has come up with the best new enterprise, venture or business idea based around greener thinking.

I am also in great company with another couple of committed eco-chums. In the coveted Community Interest Company awards, the inspirational Trudy Thompson is featured, she is creator of the Bricks and Bread Sustainable Living Centre in Hampshire and the Schools Award finds the incredible Karen Ford, founder of Footprint Friends Foundation and creator of the Wipe Out Waste Awards, which I’ve been lucky enough to be a judge for.

I am up for Campaigner of the Year with my little Downshifting Week and opportunist promotion of sustinable living in my writing and broadcasting and I sit proudly alongside another good friend, the incredible Polly Higgins, pegged as the ‘Lawyer for the Planet’, also well respected author of Eradicating Ecocide who tirelessly raises awareness of the importance of living simply.