Young climate leader awarded inaugural Adam Majcher Legacy Fellowship

Melissa Yoon, 24, with Al Gore, ClimateWorks CEO Anna Skarbek and the Climate Reality Project Australian team, Don Henry and Linh Do

A 24-year old university student from North Melbourne, Melissa Yoon has been awarded the inaugural Adam Majcher Legacy Fellowship that trains and builds the capacities of a future climate leader.

The announcement was made at The Climate Reality Leadership Corps training hosted by former US Vice President Al Gore in Brisbane on June 5-7.

The Adam Majcher Legacy Fellowship was set up in honour of former ClimateWorks staff member, Common Cause Australia co-founder and Climate Reality Project organiser Adam Majcher, who passed away suddenly in 2017.  

The fellowship provides the opportunity for a young person to participate in the three-day Climate Reality Project training program with Al Gore, as well as receive communications training and mentorship by Common Cause Australia. It also includes a five-week paid placement working with the three climate organisations based in Melbourne.

ClimateWorks Australia CEO, Anna Skarbek said the fellowship provided an opportunity to honour Adam Majcher’s work to advance climate change solutions while developing a young person’s own unique pathway towards creating change. 

“Melissa Yoon is a worthy recipient of this fellowship demonstrating a passion and strong commitment to working with different organisations to find locally-based solutions to climate change,” she said.

Ms Yoon worked as a volunteer with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition coordinating a climate education program for secondary school students.  She was also an intern at Moreland Energy Foundation which ran projects involving the installation of solar panels for apartment buildings and those renting.  

Ms Yoon, who is currently undertaking a Master of Environment at the University of Melbourne, was thrilled to receive the fellowship.

“I’ve noticed that sometimes people feel as though climate change is too overwhelming to resolve.  I would want to use the learnings from this program to keep educating others and telling stories about the solutions in order to change and enhance their ability to implement meaningful climate solutions,” she said.

For more information about the Adam Majcher Legacy Fellowship or to contribute to the on-going program for future climate leaders go to: or call (03) 9903 8037.