UNIC Canberra joined the United Nations Association of Australia to recognise innovative environmental initiatives and the work of Australian environmental leaders in the 2014 World Environment Day Awards on the 13 June. The awards acknowledged the work of individuals, organisations, businesses, local councils, schools, journalists and community groups in a ceremony in the Crystal Ballroom of Luna Park in Sydney.
Speaking at the event, UNIC Canberra Director, Mr Christopher Woodthorpe highlighted the importance of contributing to the protection of the environment.
“Your work and that of millions of others coming together at community, national and regional level, show that together we can achieve positive action on the most-pressing environmental challenges of our day and that we can all make a difference”.
The NSW Governor, Federal and state parliamentarians, members of the UNAA, private business leaders and university representatives presented 16 prizes at the dinner.
An SBS World News report on the Solomon Islands battle with rising sea levels by Stefan Armbruster was awarded the Media Award for Environmental Reporting and Daniel Brindley won the Individual Award for the creation of the Habitat Restoration Fund that works with disadvantaged people in Victoria.
Other prizes went to Charter Hall and Cbus Property, the Daintree Discovery Centre, Teachers Mutual Bank, Seeley International, Kangaroo Island Dolphin Watch, Hydro Tasmania, Republica Coffee, Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association, Bentleigh Secondary College, Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, City of Boroondara, Shoalhaven City Council and Cultivating Communities.