These 8 courageous women are making the planet a better place
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From teens fighting for climate justice to a woman known as the “Queen of Recycling,” here are eight inspiring females from all across the world doing amazing things to protect the planet!

8 inspiring women making the planet a better place

Greta Thunberg

If you’re not already obsessed with this insanely inspiring teen from Sweden, you will be now. At 16, Thunberg founded the “skolstrejk för klimatet ” (school strike for climate) movement. She also  tells it like it is — to humans twice her size and triple her age, and she uses her resilient voice to fight for the planet. 

Thunberg doesn’t hold back and we love her for it. And seeing as she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize — we aren’t the only ones. 

Jane Goodall

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The fires in the #amazon are an unbearable loss. But they are a striking reminder and reflection of what is happening all around the world. Rainforests, ecological marvels, support untold numbers of species and human communities. From the Amazon to Southeast Asia to the Congo Basin where we work, consumer demands, political agendas, corporate priorities and human pressures are wiping rainforests from the map, from our planet. When communities, particularly local and indigenous communities, are empowered to protect their lands and conserve natural resources, essential ecosystems will be given a fighting chance. We believe in hope and the power of hope to transform into action. This is bigger than just reforestation, this is something we must all take on for rainforests in South America and across the globe, and the billions of species and humans they are a home to. As Jane has said, “…each one of us must do our part in creating a better world, for though the small choices we make each day – what we buy, what we eat, what we wear – may seem insignificant, the cumulative effect of billions of people making ethical choices, will start to heal the natural world.” It’s up to each of us. | #actforamazonia #amazonia #rainforest #conservation #communitycenteredconservation #janegoodall #drjanegoodall #drgoodall #protectrainforests #noplanetb

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Jane Goodall is known for her revolutionary observations about chimpanzees (they can make tools, show compassion, and communicate — to name a few).  But her research went far beyond chimpanzees — bridging the world between animals and humans in extraordinary, compassionate ways.  

Jamie Margolin

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Today is #dayofthegirl as well as #fridaysforfuture and today I #marchforsisterhood for latinas everywhere. I march for the latinas on the frontlines of the climate crisis defending the Amazon Rainforest and all of the green places of the world. I march for the indigenous women who have been murdered for their climate activism. I remember today that while white latinas like me in the global north get rewarded for our climate activism, the girls back in my families home country of Colombia who fight for climate justice are criminalized and sometimes even murdered.⁣ ⁣ I am in solidarity with my latina sisters all over the world, and my goal is to use my privilege of whiteness and living in the global north to uplift ⁣the voices of those who do not share my luxuries. ⁣ THANK YOU DENMARK 🇩🇰!! It was an honor leading chants and saying a few words for my Latin American sisters at your #schoolstrike4climate ! ⁣ ⁣ #MARCHFORSISTERHOOD

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Jamie Margolin is the 17-year-old founder of Zero Hour, a youth-led group on a mission to both emphasize the urgency of the impacts of climate change and enter younger voices into the conversation about the planet. 

Turning her frustration with the inaction of elected officials into serious activism — Margolin has lobbied state lawmakers and has even organized a climate rally in D.C., all the while going to high school in Seattle.  

Lisa Hywood

Lisa Hywood is an environmental advocate dedicating her life to protecting wildlife, particularly, the pangolin — the world’s most trafficked mammal

Hywood founded the Tikki Hywood Trust, which is a Zimbabwe-based wildlife rescue center working to “bring awareness and sound conservation practice to the plight of lesser known and endangered animals globally.” And with reports of poaching sending the pangolin to the brink of extinction — the world needs more people like Hywood looking out for the quirky creatures. 

Isatou Ceesay 

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Isatou Ceesay, or the “Queen of Recycling,” is a Gambian activist who started the recycling movement “One Plastic Bag” in Gambia. . . Ceesay works to educate citizens about recycling and reducing the amount of waste that is created. She founded a project that creates plastic yarn and forms bags out of the upcycled waste. . . Not only has her project dramatically reduced the amount of waste in her village, but it is also employing hundreds of West African women and providing them with monthly revenue. . . #EmpoweredWomen #empoweredwomenseries #theEWS #IsatouCeesay #environmentalist #queenofrecycling #womenempowerment #womenandtheenvironment #leadership #feminism #overcomingadversity #fightingstereotypes #powerfulwomen #feminism #strongwomen #reducereuserecycle #oneplasticbag #gambia

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Known as the “Queen of Recycling in Gambia,” Isatou Ceesay founded a project which upcycles plastic waste into bags, mats, and purses. She’s not only turning “trash” into something beautiful, but she’s also helping provide more than 100 women across the country with income. 

Curious about the bags?! Learn more about her program at  OnePlasticBag.com

Sylvia Earle

On a lifelong mission to protect the world’s oceans, Sylvia Earle has pioneered the movement for ocean exploration. She launched Mission Blue, an organization working to establish marine-protected areas, also known as Hope Spots (💙). And she is an author and documentarian dedicated to raising awareness of the threats that overfishing and pollution pose to the world’s oceans.

Marina Silva

Marina Silva is a politician, environmentalist, and outspoken defender of the Amazon rainforest. The former Minister for the Environment helped establish a 2-million-hectare reserve that’s managed by traditional communities, and has fought for decades for sustainability and social justice in the Amazon region. 

Silva continues to use her voice to speak truths for the planet and was recently quoted saying, “the fires in the Amazon are a crime against humanity.” We couldn’t agree more. 

Autumn Peltier

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Meet Autumn Peltier, a Canadian teen water activist, also known as “Water Warrior.” Fighting for universal clean drinking water, Peltier is specifically focused on safe waterways and drinking water for indigenous communities. Before even turning 16, Peltier has traveled the globe to raise awareness for water rights — speaking at conferences everywhere from New York City to Sweden.

“Water is the lifeblood of Mother Earth,” she told the UN. “Our water should not be for sale. We all have a right to this water as we need it.”

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