Each year, the Shelia McKechnie Foundation celebrates the best campaigns and campaigners with their SMK National Campaigner Awards. Their aim is to recognise and honour those who have made change happen – most effectively, creatively and courageously. And the shortlists have just been announced!
JRRT is proud to sponsor the David & Goliath category at the SMK Awards. It celebrates individuals or small campaign groups that take on much bigger organisations and challenge vested power. Our sponsorship is made in memory of our friend and former Director, Lord David Shutt.
The campaigns nominated in the 2023 David & Goliath category are:
Forgotten Fish Animal Equality’s ‘Forgotten Fish’ campaign highlights the overwhelming scientific consensus that fish can feel pain and suffer, just like all animals, and therefore should receive adequate protections in law.
The Community Energy Revolution Their campaign aims to unblock the remarkable potential for community energy schemes to flourish across the UK, creating new jobs, lowering energy bills, and generating money for community benefit.
Windrush Against Sewage Pollution A grassroots group of activists based near the River Windrush in Oxfordshire, WASP hit the news in June 2022, when their ground-breaking investigative work was used by environmental non-profit Wild Justice to take the water regulator Ofwat to court over its alleged failure to stop water companies discharging raw sewage into rivers.
Winners of the David & Goliath Award – and all the other SMK Awards – will be announced at a ceremony in London on 24 May 2023.
Check out the shortlists for all of the categories in the Awards, on the SMK website.