LENNOX Head 11-year-old Holley Somerville-Knott will be fronting Australia's top tier environmentalists when she speaks at this year's United Nations World Environment Day.

The Year 6 student said she received the exciting news last week.

"I'm so excited and honoured to be speaking," she said.

PLANET EARTH: Holley Somerville-Knott will speak at this year’s UN World Environment Day.
PLANET EARTH: Holley Somerville-Knott will speak at this year’s UN World Environment Day. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

"I'm really happy to have the voice of the youth heard; after all, it's the youth who have the most to lose in regards to climate change.

"We will inherit the planet one day."

Holley will be joined on stage by renowned environmentalists Dr Kevin Petrini, Geoffrey Cousins and Professor Lesley Hughes.

Holley said it would be a huge privilege to share the stage with such big names in environmental activism.

"I feel like they're really promoting climate change and they're really promoting sustainability for our future which is what I'm all about," she said.

Holley has also taken out the Green Globe Award for Youth Sustainability.

Judges applauded her initiatives around issues such as coal seam gas mining, climate change, sustainability, homelessness, koala populations and deforestations.

When she was 8, Holley launched her own charity, Stardust Entertainment Foundation. The aim is to fundraise through entertainment to support environmental and social issues.

 


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