Conservationist of the year: Bookend Trust
WHILE MOST OF us are committed to improving our environment, there are some whose efforts stand out within the field of conservation. The 2012 Australian Geographic Award for Conservationist of the year is being awarded to Bookend Trust.
Run by environmental experts actively working with education specialists, Bookend is fundamentally an environmental education charity – with a series of interactive, or hands-on ‘projects’ designed to inform and inspire. Bookend Trust is an organisation that strives to both educate and inform students and their communities, with hopes of passing on inspiration and opportunity to further generations.
The Trust achieves this mammoth feat through these diverse projects – which include documentaries, school visits, scholarship programs, public presentations, on-ground field courses, and their award winning Expedition Class adventure learning program. Their work this year alone has seen intensive studies into environmental conservation issues, such as camera monitoring of Tasmanian devils, investigations into the effects of marine debris and plastics on sea birds, and on-going measurement of the effects of climate change in one of the most remote regions of Tasmania, Mount Weld.
Although the vital work in both adventure and conservation began in Tasmania, Bookend now undertakes projects Australia wide – educating and inspiring students and communities in both metropolitan and remote areas, continuing to encourage the next generation to preserve and conserve our native environment.