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Sea Shepherd named a finalist in the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Monday, Nov 23, 2020

Sea Shepherd Australia's Marine Debris Campaign has been announced as a finalist in the Environmental Volunteering category of the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2020.

Sea Shepherd's Marine Debris Campaign set out to create action opportunities through clean-up events and the collection of data, bringing awareness to the critical issue of plastic and its damaging impact on the environment.

The Campaign has hosted 34 community clean-ups across Victoria with the support of 1,978 volunteers removed 4,018kgs of litter from the marine environment. The clean-ups recorded litter collection data for conservation research and have inspired change and the adoption of more environmentally responsible behaviours.

"Our Victorian teams are passionate about protecting our environment, providing education about marine debris while also continuing to learn more about the various forms of marine debris and its impact to our environment."

- Victorian Marine Debris Coordinator, Narelle Huxley
A marine debris clean-up at Mornington, VIC
Volunteers sorting and counting marine debris at Mount Martha, VIC
To date, Sea Shepherd's Marine Debris Campaign has removed 4,018kgs of litter from Victoria
Marine Debris volunteers provide education and outreach in their local communities
Volunteers from Warrnambool, VIC
Volunteers at a beach clean-up at Lakes Entrance, Victoria

The Environmental Volunteering category recognises leadership in volunteering, either by groups or individuals, in protecting and improving the environment for social, economic and environmental outcomes.

Sustainability Victoria CEO Claire Ferres Miles has congratulated Sea Shepherd on the achievement, saying the project demonstrates an innovative approach to driving a more sustainable future.

“The continued year-on-year growth of the Awards reflects optimism and momentum to achieve Victoria’s commitment to transition to a circular and zero net emissions economy to reduce, re-use and recycle. From volunteer groups dedicating countless hours to large businesses taking action, it is inspiring to see the quality of varied and innovative submissions this year.”

- Sustainability Victoria CEO Claire Ferres Miles

Winners will be announced at the Premier’s Sustainability Award’s online ceremony to be held on Wednesday 16 December.

Premier Daniel Andrews will personally select the winners of the overall awards, the Premier’s Recognition Award and Premier’s Regional Recognition Award, from this year’s list of finalists. The Premier’s Recognition Awards recognise submissions that showcase outstanding innovation in sustainability and demonstrate notable benefits for metropolitan and regional Victoria.

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