2018 YOUNG CONSERVATIONIST
OF THE YEAR
Australian Geographic Society Gala Awards 26 October 2018
Sophia was awarded the Young Conservationist of the Year due to her efforts in obtaining nearly 12,000 hard copy signatures for legislation to ban the plastic bag in NSW. The Award was presented by HRH Duchess of Susses, Meghan Markle. The award is given to a young person who has achieved significant outcomes in the fields of conservation and environmentalism.
Sophia first recognised a need to ban plastic bags in NSW when she observed the amount of plastic and rubbish at the soccer grounds she trains at. Rather than ignoring the problem she had a vision to be part of the solution and identified that NSW was the only state that had not banned the plastic bag. This motivated her to commence a NSW Government approved petition to ban plastic bags. Her goal was to obtain 10,000 signatures as this would mean that the petition would be required to be tabled in NSW Parliament and that there would be a conversation.
Sophia and Duchess of Sussex watching video of Sophia’s quest to petition for legislation to ban plastic bags in NSW