One Talented Kid: The Winner of the 2020 World Wildlife Day Global Youth Art Contest

Australian youth artist Tiarn Garland, 15, is the winner of the World Wildlife Day 2020 International Youth Art Contest, which was co-sponsored by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Secretariat, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).  Titled “Here today….but tomorrow?”, Tiarn’s work depicts a koala with a bushfire ravaging in the background, and its lifelike gaze struck the jury, which chose it as this year’s winner.  Our Daily Planet was thrilled to participate on the jury for this wonderful contest.

The selection was especially significant given a new scientific study commissioned by IFAW and released just yesterday that reveals the true impact of climate change and the recent bushfires on koalas across New South Wales (NSW) and concludes that there is an immediate, ongoing and significant threat of extinction to the NSW koala population.

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