2022 Youth Ambassadors
Pip is a PhD student at The University of Melbourne, studying urban ecology. Pip’s main focus is bringing nature back into our cities, by providing higher quality habitat and resources for insects and birds. Animals in urban environments encounter a myriad of challenges throughout their life, one being light pollution, which can have serious affects on their health and wellbeing. Pip has become an ADSA Youth Ambassador to address these issues, and advocate for a healthier urban environment for our cities wildlife.
Teya is a master’s student at the University of Melbourne studying geology. She had the privilege of growing up in regional NSW, stargazing on cold winter nights beside a crackling campfire, and was sad to see so few stars when she moved to the Big Smoke. Teya has a passion for sustainability and was astounded to find out about the widespread negative effects of light pollution and jumped at the opportunity to raise awareness around it and the easy ways we can combat it. As an ADSA Youth Ambassador, Teya looks forward to helping spread the word on light pollution
Ashleigh is studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Geography. Ashleigh has always been intrigued by dark skies, and the impacts of light pollution became apparent to her after making the move from regional Victoria to Melbourne. Ashleigh is driven by an interest in human-nature relationships and recognises the importance of making science accessible to wider audiences as a tool for education and empowerment. As an ADSA Youth Ambassador, Ashleigh hopes to raise awareness on issues of light pollution and the importance of night sky conservation.
Keziah is an undergraduate student at The Australian National University in Canberra, undertaking a Bachelor of Advanced science majoring in Planetary and Earth Sciences. She is very passionate about science communication, specifically Astrobiology and space biology subjects. Keziah has always been intrigued by the night sky and how it affects life on Earth; ancient human civilizations; fascinating animals; microbes, and the plant kingdom. As an ADSA Youth Ambassador, Keziah is thrilled to spread more awareness about the impacts light pollution on Earth's beautiful ecosystems.
Cassie is currently studying a Master of Environmental Science specialising in Environmental Management at The University of Western Australia. She has interests in restoration ecology, regenerative agriculture, environmental economics and wetland ecology. Cassie is passionate about science communication and connecting the wider community to science and the environment. As an ADSA Youth Ambassador, Cassie hopes to increase awareness of light pollution and its’ impacts, especially on wetland ecosystems. Having grown up in areas with beautiful, clear night skies, she hopes to help preserve these areas and ensure that future generations get to experience all of what nature has to offer, both day and night.
Who can be an ADSA Youth Ambassador?
Youth Ambassadors are just that: They are aged between 18 - 25 years of age, inspired to make a positive change in the world, and keen to work as part of a collaborative passionate people.
Youth Ambassadors support ADSA's mission to inform communities about light pollution - the world’s fastest growing pollutant. Utilising their own unique skills, interests and networks, they engage others to reduce the impact of light in our fragile natural ecosystems, to human health, and from seeing the stars.
Youth Ambassadors are committed to empowering change - anyone can act on light pollution, with immediate and satisfying results!