Young Conservationist of the Year 2015
AMELIA TELFORD, a 21-year-old Bundjalung woman who grew up on the NSW north coast, had planned to study medicine after high school. Instead, she joined the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, and in July 2014 founded Seed.
This network of young Aboriginal people provides access to training and support for those keen to make a difference in the areas of climate change, sustainability and conservation. In 2014 Amelia was named as the joint NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) ‘youth of the year’.
Many Aboriginal communities are facing the loss of sacred country and culture, says Amelia, and are feeling the effects of environmental degradation.