Libby Liggins of
The award, developed by Antarctica New Zealand in partnership with the Sir Peter Blake Trust, aims to provide an opportunity for a young New Zealander to contribute to environmental work in
“I was very impressed by the calibre of people who were applying for this award. Most of the applicants were already contributing a lot to the environment and it was inspiring to see so much passion in the new generation of New Zealanders,” said Laura Fayerman, Environmental Programme Manager from the Sir Peter Blake Trust, and a member of the award selection panel.
Libby Liggins, 25 years old, has just completed a Master of Science in Conservation Biology. She has experience as a Research Assistant for Victoria University Coastal Ecology Laboratory and as a Research Assistant for the Latitudinal Gradient Project in the
“I am very excited about gaining the Antarctic Youth Ambassador position. It is an amazing opportunity. I feel hugely honoured to represent Antarctica New Zealand and the Sir Peter Blake Trust, to relay their values and the importance of
Libby will be travelling to Scott Base in January 2009 where she will be contributing to the environmental monitoring of the Crater Hill wind turbine site. The wind turbine project, which is a collaboration between Antarctica New Zealand and Meridian Energy, will begin construction this coming summer season. Libby will be contributing to the team which will monitor the impacts of construction over a three year period.
Environment Manager for Antarctica New Zealand, Dr Neil Gilbert, says he is pleased with Libby’s selection and with the Youth Ambassador programme. “Libby is an outstanding recipient for this award which invests in the future of the Antarctic environment by building capability and understanding in young New Zealanders,” he said.
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