Climate Innovation Acknowledged as Australia urged to stand firm on Paris
Winners of the 2017 UNAA Climate Action Awards have today been announced, with the UNAA urging Australian governments and the private sector to remain committed to the Paris Climate Agreement.
UNAA Climate Change Coordinator Graham Hunter said it was heartening to see US state governments, businesses and environmental organisations immediately restate their determination to abide by the Paris Agreement despite the Trump administration's decision to withdraw.
"There has been visible momentum around the world since Paris and it is vital that we maintain that momentum in Australia. Today's awards and Climate Collaboration Forum are about acknowledging what is being done already to cope with climate change and determine how we can all work together in the future to ensure we achieve a net zero future."
Today's awards were announced at the inaugural UNAA Climate Collaboration Forum. Some 60 schools, journalists, local councils, environmental organisations and individuals entered the 2017 Awards. Introduced to celebrate the environmental innovation and commitment of Australian organisations and individuals in 2000, the World Environment Day Awards were revamped this year to focus on climate action.
The Climate Collaboration Forum and Climate Action Awards are both key elements of the UNAA’s work to promote the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 Climate Action.
The United Nations Association of Australia is one of 100 associations around the world which promote the ideals and work of the UN in local communities.
Clean Energy Award (sponsored by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning)
WINNER: Moreland City Council - Enabling Community Tenants to Access Solar (VIC)
Climate Change Leadership Award (sponsored by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning)
WINNER: The Alternative Technology Association (VIC)
SPECIAL COMMENDATION: John Ive - Talaheni on-farm achievements underpin and nurture leadership (ACT)
Protecting Biodiversity from Rapid Climate Change Award
WINNER: John and Robyn Ive - Talaheni on-farm achievements underpin and nurture leadership (ACT)
Business Climate Action Award
WINNER: Habla Zig-Zag International Pty Ltd - Energy Efficient Brick Kilns (VIC)
Community Climate Action Award
WINNER: The People's Solar (VIC)
Excellence in Climate Research Award
WINNER: ClimateWorks Australia and Australia National University - 'Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2050' (VIC/ACT)
Climate Education and Engagement Award
WINNER: The Alternative Technology Association - Sustainable House Day (VIC)
Infrastructure Innovation for a Strong Climate Future Award
WINNER: Level Crossing Removal Authority - Level Crossing Removal Project: Sustainability in Public Infrastructure (VIC)
SPECIAL COMMENDATION: East Gippsland Shire Council - Bright Futures East Gippsland (VIC)
Local Government Climate Action Award (sponsored by ICLEI Oceania: Local Governments for Sustainability)
WINNER: Yarra City Council - Embedding Adaptation in Local Government (VIC)
Media Award for Climate Reporting:
WINNER: Michael Slezak, The Guardian Australia - Reports: Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef (NSW)
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