NORTH RYDE conservationist James Stanton-Cooke has won the prestigious Rising Star Award for an outstanding environmentalist aged under 30.

In 2014, Mr Stanton-Cooke is passionate about saving the planet and preserving rainforests so he founded BeardsOn for Conservation with the goal of encouraging men to grow a beard and start a conversation about conservation.

BeardsOn’s motto is “Grow something great, leave something greater”.

Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski said: “The environment movement in NSW would be nothing without people like James Stanton-Cooke and the thousands of volunteers who work tirelessly to protect the places and the wildlife we love.

“These awards recognise the work of some of the community’s most outstanding individuals and organisations. They also celebrate the achievements of the movement as a whole.”

The 2017 awards were presented by Wendy Bowman, an environmentalist and farmer from the Hunter Valley who won this year’s international Goldman Environmental Prize, NCC Chairman Professor Don White and Ms Smolski.

BeardsOn website: https://www.beardson.org/

Prof. Don White, Jessica Clarke, James Stanton-Cooke and Wendy Bowman.