I had the privilege of meeting Bryony Worthington, founder of Sandbag.org, in July 2009 when she was a member of the panel that would deliver the Manchester Report, which was a part of the Manchester International Festival sponsored by the Guardian newspaper. Sandbag works to purchase and “retire” carbon credits, thus reducing the amount of CO2 emitted to the atmosphere under European carbon trading regulations.
She was a delight to meet in person, and we have kept in touch since then about her fight against climate change and my efforts to promote thorium as a clean energy source.
Recently, Bryony became a “life peer” and a member of the House of Lords, and became Baroness Worthington. Her ascension to the House of Lords has met with a great deal of interest from the media since she doesn’t ascend alone but takes her beautiful little boy Rohan Chennu with her. She tells me that he has been a real hit amongst the Lords who never miss an opportunity to smile or wave to him in an attempt to catch his attention.
Baroness Worthington gave her “maiden speech” before House of Lords on March 31, 2011 and she emphasized her work in fighting climate change and gave particular attention to the role thorium might play in our future use of nuclear energy. I greatly appreciate that in such a brief and notable speech she took the time to highlight the value of thorium, and so greatly appreciate her desire to be a leader on this issue. She will be in the House of Lords for the rest of her life, if she so desires, and so she will be able to continue her efforts for many years to come.
She also writes regularly for the Guardian…