Who's Who entrants shine at the UNAA Environmental Awards

Tayla Gentle / June 13, 2013 12:15 PM

Two Who’s Who entrants have picked up the top prizes at the 2013 UNAA World Environmental Day Awards for their outstanding commitment to environmental advocacy.

Don Henry, executive director of the Australian Conservation Fund, was named the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year, while Kirsty Albion and her colleague Lucy Manne took out the Young Environmentalist of the Year award.

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Henry was propelled into his life as an environmental activist and advocate in his early teens, after his favourite bushwalking track was threatened by mining plans.

Since then, Henry has acted as director of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, editor of Wildlife Australia and travelled the world as the Australian director of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Henry spent much of 2012 and 2013 in South Australia advocating for a strong Murray-Darling Basin plan and in Tasmania working to establish the Tasmanian Forest Agreement with industry, government, unions and environment groups.

Kirsty Albion and Lucy Manne are the national co-directors of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), an organization striving to build a generation wide movement to solve climate change.

The coalition is one of Australia’s largest youth organisations with more than 80,000 young people signed up as members across the country.

From July 13th to 15th, the AYCC will host Power Shift 2013 in Melbourne. Power Shift is a three day youth climate summit, bringing together 2,000 young people all passionate about climate change.

 “Eight weeks out from the Federal election, Power Shift will be an opportunity for young people to show our leaders that our generation wants them to take strong action on climate change,” Albion said.

The recipients accepted their awards at the Melbourne ceremony last week and the team at Who’s Who and Crown Content offer sincere congratulations!

You can read more on the biographies of Don Henry and Kirsty Albion, as well as thousands of other prominent Australians, in Who’s Who Live. You can find out more here.

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