Young poets from across Australia call for meaningful climate action!

Announcing the 18 winning and highly commended poems in the groundbreaking youth nature writing prize.

From the curve of an ancient gum leaf, to bleached coral and the endangered red goshawk, the winning poems announced today in the second year of the POEM FOREST Prize carry fierce calls for climate action, meditations on hope, and deep love and care for the natural world that sustains us.

The 18 winning and highly commended nature poems were selected from over 5,700 entries by K-12 students and their teachers across Australia, announced at a digital Winners Announcement Ceremony hosted in partnership with DART Learning.

The 2022 POEM FOREST Prize winners were selected by judges, author of Bindi and Gunai poet Kirli Saunders OAM, co-founder of Good Life Permaculture and guest presenter on Gardening Australia Hannah Moloney, Senior Botanist at the Australian Institute of Botanical Science, Dr Marco Duretto & 2021 POEM FOREST Upper Secondary winner Saufi Risal.