Environment Secretary Hilary Benn praised the ECA in his keynote speech at the Every Action Counts celebration event.
The event, held at the Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, London on Wednesday 6th May, was attended by members of the Every Action Counts Consortium, representatives from Defra and the Office of the Third Sector, funding bodies and voluntary groups. Chair and CEO Bernard Godding and National Treasurer Naomi Godding represented the ECA. Bernard was â€œdelighted that the successes of the ECA team were specifically recognised by the Minister in his addressâ€
The ECA was one of the 29 partner organisations delivering the initiative, over the past 3 years, to encourage voluntary and community groups to become environmentally sustainable. More than 2,000 organisations across England signed up to take action reduce their impact on the environment as a result of the programme.
Mark Walton, Head of Every Action Counts (EAC), said:
â€œAction on climate change requires commitment, innovation, dedication and collective action. The third sector is therefore well placed to provide leadership within our respective sectors and communities. We are very impressed with the strides that local communities and voluntary organisations have made in the past three years as part of the EAC program. We are proud of everyone who has taken part and feel confident that we will be leaving behind a legacy that will serve as role model for other communities wishing to do their bit to support pro-environmental behaviour change and environmental sustainability.â€
Hilary Benn, who planted a tree in the garden at the venue, congratulated the programme for being inspirational. He highlighted the new Greener Living Fund which will provide the opportunity for the Third Sector to continue to work with Defra to encourage people to reduce their carbon footprint and pressure on natural resources. Other speakers at the event included Tim Smit CEO and Founder of the Eden Project.
The event marked the end of the Every Action Counts initiative which ran for three years, finishing on 31st March 2009
Date Added: May 11th 2009