- The Queensland Indigenous Women Rangers Network has been awarded a £1m ($1.8m) Earthshot Prize.
- The network link technological solutions and start-up opportunities to environmental outcomes in Australia.
- Launched by Prince William, the Earthshot Prize rewards innovative solutions in the fight against climate change.
Queensland’s women’s Indigenous ranger program was one of five winners on Saturday, with each taking home $1.8 million in the 2022 prize awarded by Prince William at a ceremony in the US city of Boston.
“Beyond that, our ambition is to reach out to a network of countries around the world to build a global collective helping to repair the planet.
“But I believe it isn’t too late to act. We have the power to shift this if we stand up now, work together and take action.”
The Queensland Indigenous Women Ranger Network combines thousands of years of cultural knowledge with digital technology to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Source: Supplied / Great Barrier Reef Foundation
The foundation’s managing director, Anna Marsden, said the region’s Indigenous rangers were an important defence in the battle to protect the World Heritage Site, which remains under threat from climate change and other environmental problems, such as poor water quality.
“Their knowledge and the data they have collected already has given us critical insight into one of the most important ecosystems on the planet.”
What is the Earthshot Prize?
The Prize is centred around the goals of protecting and restoring nature, cleaning air, reviving oceans, building a waste-free world and fixing the climate.
The Indigenous Women of the Great Barrier Reef was the only Australian entry amongst the 15 finalists announced across the five categories.