Huge congratulations to NAEE trustee and Coventry environmentalist and artist Gabrielle Back,  who has been honoured as an International Green World Ambassador at a presentation ceremony at the Houses of Parliament.

This recognition comes as a result of the success of Gabrielle’s Creative Recycling and Climate Change Surveyance project, which has won an International Green Apple Environment Award.

Gabrielle’s winning paper is being published in The Green Book, the world’s only annual work of reference on environmental best practice; this is distributed to environment professionals, universities and libraries around the world by The Green Organisation. The award judges commented:

This educational project encouraged thousands of schoolchildren to study current and past local butterfly populations as indicators of climate change.  It also had them creating butterfly artwork using recycled items.  The studies did show population decline in some species, which has raised awareness in the children, and the artworks have been combined into a mural on display at Holy Trinity Church in Coventry – helping to raise thousands of pounds for Myton Hospice.”

Gabrielle’s winning paper now goes forward for further judging and the possibility of representing the UK in the Brussels-led European Business Awards for the Environment.  We have our fingers crossed.


  1. As current Executive Chair of NAEE I’d like to reiterate the Executive’s pride in Gabrielle’s national recognition for her work on Creative Recycling and Climate Change with schools around Coventry.
    It would be great to see Sustainable Development groups work with schools in other parts of the UK to combine fun art and awareness of environmental issues.
    Let NAEE know if you are doing this!

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