The Bob Brown Foundation presented its 7th annual Environment Awards in Hobart today, honouring environmentalists from across the world and around Australia.
The awards were established in 2012 to acknowledge environmentalists campaigning to protect the natural world, with a particular focus on activism and a preparedness to confront environmental destruction head on.
The Environmentalist of the Year award, and $5,000 prize money, was presented to Clare Rewcastle Brown, a British investigative journalist whose relentless work exposing the corruption surrounding the logging industry in Sarawak helped to bring down former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Rewcastle, now 58, has been a thorn in the side of Malaysia's ruling elite for years, working from abroad to expose larceny and misrule, focussing mostly on the rainforested state of Sarawak where she was born and spent her early years. In 2010, she started Sarawak Report and short-wave broadcaster Radio Free Sarawak - operated in secret from London, and later Bali, Brunei and Sarawak itself.
Young Environmentalist of the Year, with a $2000 prize, goes to 20 year-old Harry Burkitt from NSW. Harry is the Colong Foundation for Wilderness Campaign Manager, campaigning against the proposed raising of the Warragamba Dam wall which would flood and permanently destroy extensive areas of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park.
The Community Environmental Prize, with $2000, was awarded to the Mackay Conservation Group, a community group at the forefront of the Stop Adani campaign. The MCG is represented by Peter MacCallum and Christine Carlisle.
Mackay Conservation Group is the peak environmental organisation in the Mackay region in Queensland, Australia and have been operating for 34 years.
In 2015 on behalf of the Mackay Conservation Group (MCG), EDO NSW successfully challenged the Federal Government’s approval of the Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland, which would be one of the largest coal mines in the world
The Deni Greene Award, and $2000 prize, was presented to Professor David Lindenmayer, represented by his wife Karen Viggers, for his outstanding contribution to conservation, and his tireless advocacy for Victoria’s tall forests and their wildlife, including the critically endangered Leadbeaters Possum. Professor Lindenmayer is an Australian scientist and academic. He is an expert in landscape ecology, conservation and biodiversity. His areas of expertise also include environmental management, forestry management and environment, terrestrial ecology, wildlife and habitat management, environmental monitoring, forestry fire management, natural resource management, zoology and forestry sciences.
The award winners were presented with their awards at a ceremony in Hobart today in the Bob Brown Foundation offices.
On Sunday, they visited the Styx Valley in Southern Tasmania and explored the huge trees in the World Heritage Area forests.
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