The Australian Youth Climate Coalition

Climate Awards

Climate Awards

Climate hero of the year awards

This summer while Australians are facing the impacts of climate change, our Government is trying to take us backwards on climate action. However this lack of leadership from the Government is in contrast to the incredible leadership being shown by Australians on climate change.

Today we're celebrating these Australians who are working in their communities to ensure a safe climate future for young people with the inaugural “Climate Hero of the Year” awards.
These awards are about recognising the extraordinary steps being taken by the recipients to make this vision a reality, and be proud of the world they are leaving to their children and grandchildren - a world in which we reducing our pollution, transition to 100% renewable energy, and move beyond coal and gas.

Ginny Gerlech

Ginny is a tourism operator and yachtie from Yeppoon who has been working tirelessly on the "Protect Keppel Bay" community campaign. Together with locals she’s working to protect her home from new coal ports that would have a devastating impact on the Great Barrier Reef.



The Knitting Nannas 

The Knitting Nannas Against Gas are an energetic group of grandmas who want to ensure that our land and water are preserved for their children and grandchildren. They combine knitting and drinking tea with another of their favourite pastimes - helping protect farmers’ land from new coal and gas developments.



Gary Rowbottom

Gary works in a coal-fired power station in Port Augusta, since 2012 Gary has been championing Australia’s first ever solar thermal plant in his hometown. He sees Port Augusta as a golden opportunity to build Australia's first solar thermal facility. 



James Wheatley 

James is a volunteer firefighter in regional NSW, who was on the frontline of the bushfires in October when Australia experienced the earliest ever start to the bushfire season. James is also an AYCC volunteer who is passionate about climate action and wants to see a safe climate future for our generation.