An environmental campaigner from Horsham district had a date at the Palace of Westminster in London this week.
Carrie Cort, who lives in the hamlet of Coneyhurst, near Billingshurst, is one of 18 shortlisted entries for the World Wildlife Fund Earth Hour Heroes national competition. Category winners receive a £1,000 prize to reward their Earth Hour Hero initiatives.
The competition, run in conjunction with People’s Postcode Lottery, invites people to nominate themselves, or others, if their actions are helping to save the planet.
Carrie is one of six finalists in the Community Hero category, for her inspirational work in West Sussex campaigning for the environment.
As a mother, wife and carer to a menagerie of animals, Carrie says she is fiercely committed to motivating those all around her to pursue a green lifestyle. She gave up a high powered corporate job running a video communications business to set up the environmental education and awareness initiative Sussex Green Living, and has trained with Keep Britain Tidy as an Eco School assessor.
Carrie is dedicated to encouraging general environmental awareness and inspiring change to Sussex residents of all ages, including delivering educational lessons to primary school aged children, and running ‘Green Clubs’ after school in the local area.
In recent times Carrie has not only set up a community eco-fashion show project, and is currently campaigning with Sussex MP’s and Councillors to raise awareness about climate change and need to build a more sustainable Horsham District and West Sussex.
Naomi Hicks of World Wildlife Fund-UK, said: “The Earth Hour Heroes competition is all about finding unsung heroes from across the UK who help protect our brilliant planet – and Carrie certainly does just that.”
To find out more about the fund’s work visit: wwf.org uk/earthhourheroes