Friday 18 September 2015
The Bob Brown Foundation's four awards for Environmentalists of the Year will be announced in Melbourne this morning
ENVIRONMENTALIST OF THE YEAR is famed Victorian campaigner for native forests and wildlife, JILL REDWOOD. Ms Redwood is the Coordinator of Environment East Gippsland (EEG). The award is $5,000.
"Jill has put up with threats, intimidation and even the killing of her livestock, to bravely speak up for the forests. She has had a huge hand in greening the map of Victoria, including a pivotal court ruling against logging at Brown Mountain, and in protecting the habitat of endangered species like the long-nosed potoroo, glossy black cockatoo and Leadbeater's possum. This year her EEG won a reprieve for 2000 hectares of forest habitat for three species of owls. Besides her remarkable knowledge of the issues, Jill is a champion of organic food production, has a great sense of humour and is a fine role model for young Australian environmentalists," Bob Brown said.
The Foundation's YOUNG ENVIRONMENTALIST OF THE YEAR is Aboriginal climate change campaigner AMELIA TELFORD, a 20 year old Bundjalung woman. Ms Telford, who joined the Australian Climate Change Network at school, currently lives and works in Melbourne. This award is $2000 and is presented with the generous support of Patagonia.
"Amelia set up Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network to inspire and train young Aboriginal and Torres Strait people to become leaders in the campaign for a future world free of the menace of global warming. She was the 2014 National NAIDOC Youth of the Year and is a beacon of new hope for Australia's beleaguered natural environment," Bob Brown said.
The DENI GREENE AWARD for a professional showing courageous, passionate advocacy for the sustainable environment has gone to DOMINIQUE HES, a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Architecture at the University of Melbourne. Dr Hes is the co-author of 'Designing for Hope: Pathways to Regenerative Sustainability’. This award is $2000.
"Dominique Hes is an award-winning and inspiring teacher and practical advocate for environment-friendly homes, offices and buildings. This award commemorates the life work of my friend and late engineer, Deni Greene, who came to Australia from California to help save the Franklin River," Bob Brown said.
COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT PRIZE: This new award goes to the MAULES CREEK and GOMEROI COMMUNITIES, near Narrabri in NSW. More than 300 courageous locals and supporters, including farmers, church leaders, scientists, economists, an army veteran, sporting and music legends as well as campaigning environmentalists have been arrested for peacefully protesting Whitehaven's open-cut coal mining in the Leard State Forest. Whitehaven is lead by senior National Party figures.
"The Maules Creek protests have inspired communities around the nation as the onslaught of coal mining continues to roll over prime farmlands. The Gomeroi Aboriginal community has also made a legendary stand against political spinelessness, environmental corruption and the desecration of Aboriginal heritage - 12 of 13 special sites have been destroyed," Bob Brown said. An award of $1,000 is being presented to each community.
Former Leader of the Australian Greens, Bob Brown, set up his action-oriented foundation for the environment following his retirement from the Senate in 2012. This is the fourth annual presentation of the environment awards and, for the first time, is being held in Melbourne. It will take place at the Queen Victoria Womens Centre, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne at 10am this Friday, 18th September.
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Environmentalist of the year: Jill Redwood
Young Environmentalist of the year: Amelia Telford
Deni Greene Award: Dominique Hes
Community Environment Prize: Maules Creek and Gomeroi Communities
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