Group Award: Australian Youth Climate Coalition ACT
Group Award: Australian Youth Climate Coalition ACT

Those who have made a significant contribution to the environment were recognised at the ACT Region Environment Awards on Saturday 29 March.

The Awards were presented at the Conservation Council ACT Region symposium ‘Being an Effective Voice for the Environment’. The Conservation Council is the region’s peak non-government environment group.

Conservation Council President, Peter Ottesen, presented the awards and said, “There are many people here in the ACT doing so much to protect the environment. They put in tireless volunteer hours and it was a hard task to name just two individuals and one group in this year’s ACT Region Environment Awards.”

Recipients of the awards were:

  • Group – Australian Youth Climate Coalition ACT

The Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) ACT are awarded for their advocacy for real climate action and empowering, organising and engaging hundreds of young people in climate action. They have supported successful campaigns like ‘Say Yes’, contributing to Australia’s adoption of the carbon pollution reduction laws and local ACT campaigns like ‘Canberra Loves 40%’ to secure stronger local climate action laws and policies. They have educated hundreds of Canberra young people about climate change, hosted a Power Shift summit on Climate Action, and run regular trainings for young people to learn the skills they need to educate people in their community about climate change.

  • Young Environmentalist – Moira Cully
Moira Cully, recipient of Young Environmentalist Award.
Moira Cully, recipient of Young Environmentalist Award.

Moira Cully is a young environmental leader leading the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) ACT. Moira has been engaged in the protection of the environment through campaigning, education and awareness raising on climate change over the past three years. She has met with politicians and political advisors to raise the concerns of young Canberrans about the threat climate change poses to our environment and their future. She has been involved in campaigns that engage other young people to get active, as part of the “Meet your Member” AYCC campaign in 2011, that saw young people from across the country meet with nearly every member of Parliament following the Federal election. She has also been empowering, organising and engaging other young people to protect the environment as a mentor in the Switched on Schools program. In 2014, Moira has stepped up to become the state coordinator of AYCC ACT.

  • Individual – Bill Handke

Bill is the President of the Canberra Indian Myna Action Group (CIMAG). Due to Bill’s passion and action, since 2006 more than 1500 people have joined CIMAG and over 47,000 Myna have been removed from the environment. The Myna has now gone from the 3rd most common to the 20th most common bird species in the Canberra environment. Bill has used science, forged links and engaged groups and people to ensure the success of the program. Under Bill’s leadership, CIMAG has continually sought to increase the scientific and practical understanding of the myna, its biology, behaviour and impacts. Removal of the myna has positive impacts on biodiversity of native species. There are now Myna action groups in 38 centres reaching from Bendigo to Cairns.

The ACT Region Environment Awards are an annual event coordinated by the Conservation Council ACT Region.

Contact: Conservation Council ACT Region on 02 6229 3200.

Thank you to Framing Matters of Manuka  for their generous sponsorship of framing for these Awards.