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Harden Up Awarded

Green Cross Australia is thrilled to be named as Climate Adaptation Champions for 2013 due to our great work on the influencial Harden Up project.

Following a nationwide search, the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility has announced the four Climate Adaptation Champions for 2013.

Launched in 2011, these awards highlight the achievements of people taking concrete steps to change behaviour, techniques, businesses practices and policies to adapt to an uncertain future.

Across the country 22 people and groups were nominated in four categories: Business, Community, Government and Individual.

Announcing the Champions, NCCARF Director Professor Jean Palutikof said "There is growing awareness among the Australian public about the threat climate change poses."

"The Champions are evidence that people at all levels of the community are getting on with the job of adapting to climate change," Professor Palutikof said.

Green Cross CEO Mara Bún said the organisation was thrilled to be recognised for promoting sustainable and resilient communities.

"We're passionate about our work educating and empowering our communities to increase preparedness for natural disasters," Mara said.

"We hold the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility is such high regards, we're truly honoured to receive such a significant award," she said.

The 2013 NCCARF Adaptation Champions are:

Community: Green Cross for the Harden Up Program providing innovative online resources to assist Queenslanders to prepare for and manage severe weather events.

Business: Sydney Water for incorporating climate risks into their long term planning to deliver water to more than 4 million people annually.

Government: South Australia State Government and South Australia Local Government Association for their partnership in the SA Climate Adaptation program which has shown long term commitment to enact climate adaptation policies for South Australia.

Individual: Brian Foster for his early and continuing efforts to promote the need for action to address climate change amongst NRM groups and farm communities on the Eyre Peninsula.