Annie Lennox Receives Honorary German Sustainability Award

As reported earlier this year the Anniversary Honorary Award of the National German Sustainability Awards was presented to Annie Lennox during a ceremony in Düsseldorf on December 8th.

“Our honorary awardees are icons of social and environmental commitment,” says Stefan Schulze-Hausmann, founder of the award. “They promote the idea of ​​sustainability by reaching out to people’s hearts. Among them, Annie Lennox plays an extraordinary role; her commitment and passion are simply unique.”

You can read Annie’s acceptance speech now below.

“THANK YOU SO MUCH STEFAN AND THE GERMAN SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS TEAM FOR THIS VERY SIGNIFICANT RECOGNITION.

I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THE WORD ‘SUSTAINABILITY,’ WHICH LIES AT THE CRUX OF EVERY SINGLE ASPECT OF LIFE AROUND THE PLANET. THE VERY EXISTENCE OF OUR HUMAN SPECIES IS TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON THE HEALTHY SUSTAINABILITY OF ALL THE OTHER FORMS OF LIFE.

EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED, SO WHEN ONE ANIMAL, PLANT OR INSECT SPECIES IS AFFECTED BY HUMAN PREDATION, EXPLOITATION OR POLLUTION, THERE IS A KNOCK ON EFFECT AND EVERYTHING ELSE IS IMPACTED.

EVERY SECOND OF OUR LIVES EACH ONE OF US IS TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON THE AIR WE BREATHE. WE CANNOT SURVIVE IF IT BECOMES POLLUTED..

CONNECT THIS TO THE RAINFORESTS AND JUNGLES.. THE VERITABLE LUNGS OF THE WORLD… IF, OR WHEN THEY ARE ERASED, THE IMPACT OF DEFORESTATION WILL BE PERMANENT AND INCALCUABLE.

WE DEPEND ON THE EARTH, THE AIR, THE SUNSHINE AND RAIN TO HELP THE CROPS GROW, SO THAT WE CAN EAT AN ABUNDANCE OF HEALTHY FOOD, WHICH WE CONSUME IN VAST QUANTITIES FROM SUPERMARKETS, SUPPLYING US WITH EVERYTHING WE CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE, FLOWN IN FROM OVERSEAS.. WHILST IN PARTS OF IMPOVERISHED DEVELOPING COUNTRIES – PEOPLE  ARE DYING FROM MALNUTRITION.

WE EXIST IN A WORLD OF  EXTREME CONTRASTS BETWEEN ABUNDANCE AND ABJECT POVERTY..

AND WHILE POLITICAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC SYSTEMS ARE DRIVEN BY DENIAL, AMBIVALENCE AND GREED , THE INHERITORS OF THIS  INCONCIEVABLY DANGEROUS SITUATION  ARE THE NEXT GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE…

OUR CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN..

IF WE FAIL TO CREATE MORE ETHICAL, EQUITABLE GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND METHODOLOGIES – THEN ‘SUSTAINABILITY’ WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE.

I KNOW THERE IS NOT ONE PERSON HERE WHO ISN’T AWARE OF THIS.

SO PLEASE FORGIVE ME IF I’M REPEATING THE ISSUES YOU ARE ALL SO PAINFULLY AWARE OF.

IT’S VERY HEARTENING TO BE IN A ROOM WITH PEOPLE WHO SHARE THE SAME CONCERNS AND WHO TAKE ACTION TO REVERSE THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF HUMAN DESTRUCTION.

THAT IS WHY THE GERMAN SUSTAINABLITY PLATFORM IS OF SUCH VITAL IMPORTANCE.

LET’S KEEP OUR COMMITMENT GOING AND PUT HOPE OVER DESPAIR EVERY DAY.”

Annie Lennox