New award launched in memory of Welsh environmentalist

New award launched in memory of Welsh environmentalist

The Morgan Parry Foundation will today (Monday 20 July 2015) launch its first annual award for young people, at an event to celebrate the life of the leading environmentalist.

Morgan died at the age of 56 in January 2014, after a six month battle with a serious illness. He was a leading figure in the environmental movement in Wales for more than 30 years, campaigning for CND and Friends of the Earth among others. He went on to become Director of the North Wales Wildlife Trust, set up WWF Cymru and chair the Countryside Council for Wales and Cynnal Cymru.

Morgan, who was passionate about living an environmentally friendly lifestyle, is survived by his wife and two children.

At the Royal Welsh Show today, friends and colleagues will gather to remember Morgan’s work and launch a new annual writing competition for 16-19 year olds.

The Foundation is inviting young people to write an essay about securing Wales for future generations in the year 2050. The winner will receive £500 to progress the ideas and actions described in the essay.

Jane Davidson, former Minister for the Environment and Sustainability and Chair of the Morgan Parry Foundation said:

“Morgan died at a tragically young age, but his dream of a world where we tread lightly on the earth lives on.

“We hope this award will be both a tribute to his work and make a practical difference by supporting young people who share that passion for a sustainable Wales.

“If you or someone you know has a great idea for creating a better future, please take part, share your story and make it a reality.