The Cassowary Awards has introduced Climate Change Leadership as a new category in 2019 in recognition of exceptional leadership in climate change response.
This award, sponsored by CQUniversity Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities, acknowledges those who advocate for action, lead research, educate and inform the community on risks, and develop or implement adaptation or mitigation strategies in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
Nominees of this award facilitate positive action in communicating climate issues and brokering local solutions.
The recipient will be announced at the Cassowary Awards on 15 June at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.
Climate Change Award nominees—sponsored by CQUniversity Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities
Dr Catherine Moran
Dr Catherine Moran has consistently demonstrated her excellence as a field ecologist, science communicator and facilitator in natural resource management. In a recent project, Cath successfully navigated the gap between researchers’ world views on climate change impacts and adaptation pathways, and real world challenges faced by NRM organisations and their stakeholders. Cath’s hardwork and creativity helped broker a co-research model that will result in significant and long-lasting benefits in management of Wet Tropics landscapes.
Cairns and Far North Environment Centre—Marine Response Team
Cairns and Far North Environment Centre’s (CAFNEC) Marine Response Team has taken a leadership position to educate the public and decision makers and prevent threats to the Wet Tropics and surrounds—including those of climate change. CAFNEC staff and volunteers commit significant time and effort into community awareness on climate change, with a focus on helping individuals understand how they can assist. In addition to undertaking direct activities to protect and restore threatened habitat, CAFNEC is a key player in ensuring the threat of climate change is on the community’s collective radar.
Committee for Waste Reduction
Established and incorporated in 2017, the Committee for Waste Reduction is a diverse membership of more than 70 businesses, community groups and academics. It aims to educate businesses and individuals and equip them with the tools and know how to reduce waste. The Committee already has some impressive runs on the board with its Business Waste Wise Membership Program and its ‘re3.eco’ app, which leads users to water bottle refill points.
Jaragun Natural Resource Management
Jaragun NRM is a Babinda-based natural resource management organisation at the forefront of conservation and NRM innovation in the Wet Tropics. Directors Liz Owen and Dennis Ah-Kee—a Traditional Owner of Bunna Binda (Babinda)—successfully integrate traditional knowledge with mainstream NRM innovation. They have trialled new methods of replanting eroding banks and weed removal and share their knowledge with the wider Wet Tropics community.