Young environmental advocates in spotlight

Inner West Council’s Marrickville Library Anne Nguyen Award for Young Enviro Champions will unearth passionate environment supporters aged 12-18 who live, work or study in the local area.

The entry date for the Award has been extended until Sunday 31 July.

Anne, who passed away in 2015, was a committed Library staff member who treated everyone with respect and friendliness. She was kind, warm and witty – with an infectious laugh that filled the Library with joy, as did her bantering conversations and love for obscure books. This Award is supported by Anne’s family and is dedicated to Anne and her passion for ecological pursuits.

The Award named for Anne will ask entrants to discuss how they can positively impact the local environment, by addressing this statement:

Young people in Sydney's inner west play a powerful role in inspiring and motivating a love and care for the environment amongst friends. For this award, please share your response on how you think young people can positively impact the local environment, its preservation and the areas strong sense of place.

Winners in two age divisions will take home $250, with three high profile judges reviewing the entries.

David Imrie, Chief Executive of Keep NSW Beautiful – and judge for the Anne Nguyen Young Writers category – says:

“When children know the value and joy of preserving the natural resources of the communities they are going to inherit as their own, they are likely to keep their environment healthy for a long, long time. Becoming involved in the environment at a young age introduces children to the beauty and surprises of our natural world.

“It takes a little bit of work to break a habit, but for environmentally conscious young people, this ability to prevent problems will be a powerful asset.”

The Awards close Sunday 31 July. More information:

Judges for the Anne Nguyen Award for Young Enviro Champions:

  • Ben Cubby: Environment Editor, Sydney Morning Herald
  • David Imrie: Chief Executive, Keep NSW Beautiful
  • Tim Moore: Marrickville Council’s Director of Environmental and Planning Services

For an interview with one of the judges, or a print quality image, contact the Communication team.

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Page last updated: 27 Jul 2018