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Frank Field MP Nominated for Championing Climate Change with Cool Earth

Frank Field

Frank Field

London, UK – March 5, 2015 – Frank Field MP for Birkenhead has been shortlisted from over 100 candidates this year for the 3rd Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. The award recognises outstanding politicians and diplomats who are representing civilian interests at the highest level in areas of policy, social and business overall. Frank Field is nominated for his work with climate change charity Cool Earth.  

Set up in 2007, Mr Field founded the organisation with businessman Johan Eliasch as a reaction to the failure of any progress made to halting deforestation. The idea was originally conceived when Mr Field read how Johan had bought a part of the Brazilian rainforest a little larger than London, where he employed members of the local community as rangers and gave open access to local communities for sustainable farming. The story signalled a new and innovative bottom-up approach of enabling individuals and businesses a platform to sponsor small acres of land that would have been sold to loggers and rangers or otherwise destroyed.  

The uniqueness of Cool Earth is that the charity works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction as a bottom-up solution to an aging problem. Rather than putting up fences around protective areas, the charity puts indigenous people, have lived in the forest for countless generations, back in control by giving them the  resources they need to keep their forest intact. Money from donations is transferred to local trusts in order to assist rainforest communities in becoming the legal custodians of their land and assist with the development of schools, clinics and local jobs. 

Cool Earth is now said to be working alongside 113 rainforest villages throughout the world with partner villages protecting over 500,000 acres of forest that lie directly in the path of chainsaws and bulldozers. The charity currently has community based conservation projects in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, and Papua New Guinea.  

In addition to his commitments to Cool Earth, Mr Field has introduced many influential bulls including the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme which provides financial to victims of terrorist acts, the Pensions Bill whereby unclaimed assets of banks and building societies are distributed to pension schemes, and the Modern Slavery Bill currently reviewing company supply chains of human trafficking.  

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Executive Director of Grassroot Diplomat, said: “All too often, we hear stories of our governments not representing our needs but Grassroot Diplomat looks upon selfless individuals who work tirelessly for their communities. The award seeks to create a culture of positive role models within our governments which encourages others in power to follow suit.”  

Mr Field is an outstanding politician who has brought about major change to issues that have overgrown society and is an example of what is means to be a ‘grassroot diplomat’. 

Join Frank Field and other government nominees for the gala dinner at The May Fair Hotel, London on Thursday 5th March 2015. For ticket information please visit: http://www.grassrootdiplomat.org/book-tickets or call 07511 816689. 

Further details about the awards can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org/annual-awards

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About Grassroot Diplomat

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Andrew Forsey
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