Ian Bruce Carrick Kiernan
It has been said that great acts begin with small ideas and Ian Kiernan is just the man to ask when you want to build things up from scratch. Returning from a 27,000 nautical mile solo yacht race around the world, Ian was appalled at the state of the world's oceans. This experience prompted him to form a small group of volunteer friends and supporters to clean-up Sydney Harbour.
The result was a resounding success and since 1989 Clean Up Australia had become a national activity which has grown from 200,000 volunteers to 400,000 in 1992. Clean Up Australia was given the "Event of the Year Award" by the Australian Day Council in recognition of its achievements. Five year since the project began, Ian is now looking forward to the "Clean Up the World" project where Clean Up Australia will team up with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to do just what the title implies - clean up the world.
The project will focus international attention on the common issues of waste management.