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Earthshot: Queensland Indigenous Women Ranger Network Wins Prince William’s $1.8 Million Prize

A Queensland-based, women-led Indigenous project to protect the Great Barrier Reef has won a prestigious $1.8 million environmental award from Prince William.

The Queensland Aboriginal Women Ranger Network won the 2022 Earthshot Awards in the ‘Revive our oceans’ category on Saturday morning (Australian time).

The award was launched two years ago by Prince William and David Attenborough, and the 2022 edition was distributed in Boston, USA.

The Queensland Indigenous Women Ranger Network combines 65,000 years of Indigenous knowledge with the latest technology, such as drones, to monitor coral change and wildfires.

The £1 million ($1.8 million) award was received by Larissa Hale, a Yuk Bahamlik woman. She said it could spark an upsurge in First Nations women-led conservation programs.

“This award will allow us to quadruple the number of female Indigenous Rangers to 500, engage 200 girls in our educational programs, and inspire the next generation of Indigenous Rangers. ,” said Hale.

“Beyond that, our ambition is to reach out to a network of countries around the world and build a global collective to help fix the planet.”

It is estimated that only 20% of Queensland’s Aboriginal rangers are women.

The Queensland Indigenous Women’s Ranger Network were the only Australian finalists in five categories.

“Indigenous reef rangers are essential to reef defense,” said Environment Minister Tanya Privasek.

“Indigenous rangers play an important role in the restoration and conservation of land and water, including coral reefs, by protecting both biodiversity and cultural values.”

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Earthshot: Queensland Indigenous Women Ranger Network Wins Prince William’s $1.8 Million Prize

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