Liz Parkes, deputy director for climate change and business services at the Environment Agency has received an MBE for services to environmental protection and addressing the climate emergency.
The Environment Agency explained that “Liz has spent the past 10 years leading the Environment Agency’s work on climate change and adaptation, including leading the delivery of key climate policies and schemes which have helped the UK make major strides in mitigating the impacts of climate change.”
Prior to this role, Liz headed up the Agency’s work on waste management. She is a Fellow and Trustee of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.
Liz Parkes said: “I do feel honoured, but also humbled to have received this recognition. I have been privileged to work alongside inspirational and dedicated colleagues in the Agency in tackling the climate emergency – the fight goes on!”
In Nottinghamshire, campaigning sisters, Amy and Ella Meek, who set out to raise awareness of environmental issues were honoured in the 2022 New Years Honours list with British Empire Medals (BEM).
The duo, from Arnold near Nottingham, and now aged 18 and 16, set up the Kids Against Plastic charity and call for action against plastic pollution, encouraging individuals, schools and businesses to be more ‘Plastic Clever’ by shunning unnecessary single-use plastics.
When asked about the honours, Amy said: “We were shocked really; surprised! We couldn’t believe it because we just started our charity back in 2016 just wanting to start something small. We can’t believe where it’s come to today already, never mind to have been included in the New Year honours list.”
The Wastepack Group have been long term supporters of the work of Amy and Ella.
Lynne Cullis, CEO of the Wastepack Group said: “We are so proud of how far Amy and Ella have come over the past few years, they are an inspiration for us all. They could not be more deserving of the recognition they are receiving; their commitment and enthusiasm is second to none and we’re pleased to support their cause. We can’t wait to see what the trail blazers have in store for 2022!”