There are so many fierce female leaders playing a pivotal role in our fight against the system. These leaders are playing pivotal roles in the protection of the environment and our communities. From communicating the science behind climate change and making the clear connection between environmental factors and justice to organizing global rallies, women are leading the fight on climate change around the world.
Here are five women who are making waves in the world of climate change.
Christina Figueres is considered one of the architects of the historic global agreement on climate change reached by 195 countries in Paris, known as the Paris Climate Agreement. It was the first agreement committed to managing the transition to a low-carbon economy, and to keep the temperature rise at the end of this century to between 2 and 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Her fight against climate change continues, now as director of Mission2020, an initiative that seeks to unite different forces (governments, institutions, and the private sector) to protect the most vulnerable from global warming.
Ocasio-Cortez has made a name for herself in Congress as an advocate for a Green New Deal to transition the U.S. away from fossil fuels while providing jobs and supporting greater equality.
Some highlights of this New Deal include upgrading buildings to meet new energy efficiency rules, working with farmers to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, guaranteeing jobs to those in the carbon-dependent economy, sustainable wages and adequate family and medical leave, and high-quality health care for all Americans. Alexandria keeps making headlines fighting within the system.
The policy director for New Consensus, an organization that is developing and promoting the Green New Deal, among other projects. While working in Detroit’s department of health in the mid-2010s, Rhiana Gunn-Wright realized how the environment shapes a wide range of social–justice issues.
The government urgently needed to address climate change. Now, Gunn-Wright is bringing that holistic approach to the national level, working behind the scenes at New Consensus, a think tank with ties to progressive lawmakers looking for new creative ideas to get sustainable programs for governments and industries.
The 17-year-old environmental activist from Sweden, who took the world by storm with her Fridays for Future movement. Gretha is known for her activism around the global climate crisis. She has addressed world leaders at the World Economic Forum, United Nations Climate Conference, and at the US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
“The Greta Effect” has inspired young environmentalists across the world, and has brought the global climate crisis to the public’s attention. The resulting movement, Fridays for Future, has brought a much-needed sense of urgency to the conversations around climate change.
A dedicated advisor to governments and corporations on sustainability strategy and innovation. A professional policy analyst of sustainability policy and practices, she is also a frequent speaker at international fora and a public voice on China and the global clean and smart revolution.
Changhua founded Teconet to bridge cross-border clean technology with China market and capital and the Academy by working with a network of young professionals and partners from around the world to upscale education of human talents to deliver the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Now CEO of the Future Innovation Center, Wu continues to advise governments and corporations on sustainability strategy and the low-carbon economy.
These women have taught us to defend our ideas by taking specific actions and their willpower and determination are making this world a better place for all generations.