Running since 2000, more than 40 schools, journalists, local councils, environmental organisations and individuals were finalists in the 2016 UN World Environment Day Awards.
And last night, in a glittering ceremony in Melbourne, Natura-Pacific was announced winner of the Business Award category.
Natura Pacific, which has a small team of just 15, provides environmental education services to more than 26,000 young people every year and that work is funded by Natura’s consulting practice.
This preeminent national UN Environment Day awards raise awareness about environmental issues while motivating people to take positives steps towards sustainability excellence.
“Sensational,” Kieran said, about how it felt to win the award. “In honesty, I feel honoured and humbled.”
“It’s incredible seeing what so many other organisations are doing out there and the good that they do is phenomenal. To be chosen out of that group to win that category is a real honour.”
Kieran said Natura Pacific delivered environmental education programs for between 26,000 and 36,000 kids depending on the year and that their reach is constantly expanding.
“We’ve done that through southeast Queensland, northern NSW and the Kimberley,” he said. “We’ve even delivered programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo through Skype.”
“This award has a massive impact on our team,” Kieran said. “Natura-Pacific staff constantly go over and above what’s expected of them and this award means that people outside our team value that work immensely.”
“We are just thrilled.”
Natura Pacific is also a finalist in the Healthy Waterways Awards for their waterways guides, developed with the support of City of Gold Coast and released through the City’s Waterwatch Program. Winners for that award are announced in July.