Linda Norgrove was a Scottish environmentalist and a leader in helping Afghanistan to rebuild both environmentally and socially from the devastating effects of war. Tragically, Linda was killed in October 2010 in Afghanistan. In 2011, Linda was awarded a posthumous Green Star Award in acknowledgment of her dedicated and outstanding work in preventing and rectifying the environmental casualties of war. Linda’s parents, John and Lorna Norgrove have kindly described for us what the recognition means to them and their new charity, The Linda Norgrove Foundation.
Before the Green Star Award
Linda Norgrove had been working in Afghanistan from 2005-2008 as the director of the United Nations Office for Project Serves Environment Programme. There she helped contribute to the improvement of biodiversity and natural resource management. Furthermore, she worked to improve the fortunes of the rural population, by building capacity to restore and manage forests rangelands and watersheds in the aftermath of warfare. Linda was an inspiration to people wherever she went and her death was not only a tragic blow for her family and friends, but also for the Afghan people and the many projects she worked tirelessly on.
After the Green Star Award
The Green Star Award meant a great deal to John and Lorna Norgrove. The recognition that Linda received from the Green Star Award allowed them to see and hear about the importance of Linda’s work from many different quarters. Furthermore, it demonstrated the appreciation and admiration that so many people felt for Linda.
Additionally, the award gave the Linda Norgrove Foundation, which John and Lorna set up in 2010, very valuable publicity and helped bring attention and awareness to some of the causes Linda had been fighting for.
Plans for the future
The Linda Norgrove Foundation hopes to continue Linda’s work of helping the people of Afghanistan to fulfill their potential of “prosperity and stability”. In educating women and children in Afghanistan, the foundation will continue to help the innocent victims affected by the decades of war by promoting literacy and numeracy programmes, supporting orphanages and providing basic kits to assist women during childbirth.