Lennox Head dynamo Holley Somerville-Knott has done it again, this time taking out the Young Sustainability Champion Award at the Green Globe Awards last week.
The award honours individuals up to the age of 25 years living in NSW who have been instrumental in delivering environmental projects, demonstrating outstanding leadership in influencing and changing community views, or driving change in sustainable practices.
And Holley certainly fits that profile.
At 12 years old, she is already the CEO and founder of Stardust Entertainment – a charity foundation (which she started when she was eight), designed to help the planet, people and animals in need.
She has raised thousands of dollars and awareness on many issues, including coal seam gas mining, climate change, sustainability, homelessness, koala populations and deforestation. Holley’s mission is to get people, youth in particular, to learn to live sustainably. She does this by singing and delivering message-driven performances at schools, events, fundraisers and rallies. Holley has a unique ability to engage a live audience and anyone she speaks with from any generation.
One of her projects is to save the Ballina koalas from a proposed highway upgrade and she has made a documentary, presented at a school assembly and interviewed the local Member of Parliament on the subject. Holley has also formed partnerships with a global youth movement called Earth Guardians, the US TV network HBO, the Lock The Gate movement and the Uplift Festival.