Greta has been an inspiration to many gallivanting a movement and bringing climate change into the foreground, and we are truly grateful. But there are many others fighting for a fairer world. Today we shine a light on 7 inspiring female activists. 💪✊🏾
Artemisa is a 19-year-old indigenous climate activist of the Xakriabá peoples of Brazil. She took part in the first-ever march for indigenous women, earlier this year. Last year she attended climate talks in the US to garner support from international leaders, representing more than 25 million indigenous people and traditional communities at the Global Climate Strike in New York. She believes that psychology and music are crucial in helping Indigenous Peoples and is currently studying at university.
“I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: We can’t eat money or drink oil,” a powerful statement from this Wiikwemkoong First Nation teenager of Canada. She has become one of the most prominent voices, fighting for access to clean water. She began her advocacy on behalf of water at just eight years old. She met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and denounced him over his support of pipeline projects across Canada.
To have an alias at twelve years old is pretty impressive, what's even more impressive is the campaigning Copeny has led for her hometown of Flint and its long term water problem. Amariyanna has faced up to people like Donald Trump on not fulfilling his campaign promise to fix the water, and managed to crowdfund $50,000 to raise money for safe bottled water.
A Dayak activist, filmmaker and founder of the Ranu Welum Foundation which stands for social justice, Dayak culture, indigenous rights, and the protection of forests. She has become a great leader for the young, empowering them to find their voice in these troubled times. You can find her regularly speaking at workshops, panel discussions and activist forums. In 2016 she started the YOUTH ACT CAMPAIGN, a movement to end the forest fires and haze that have covered Kalimantan, Indonesia.
There’s not many people that can claim to have published their own book by 18 and one that is endorsed by former Vice President Al Gore and iconic documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. At 15 Jamie founded the youth climate action organization Zero Hour and was part of a youth group that sued Governor Jay Inslee and the State of Washington over greenhouse-gas emissions. Her writing about climate change has appeared in many publications and she was also named as one of People Magazine's 25 Women Changing the World!
When Helena was a child, she would be afraid of not being able to return home due to the invasion of oil companies destroying her home. Her experience of growing up in a small community in the Ecuadorian Amazon made her realise that indigenous children are some of the most important activists as they live within the Amazon. Her community won a court case against the Ecuadorian government in 2012 and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica. “We have had to stand up to big corporations and corrupt governments trying to get into our territories,” We totally agree!
“We shouldn’t have to tell people in charge that we want to survive. It should be our number-one right. We should not have to fight for this.” Quannah couldn’t be more right. It’s the last thing on most 17 year old girls minds but unfortunately a part of life for Quannah. Alaska’s land and waters are warming at twice the rate as the rest of the world and that melting permafrost and mass erosion are forcing many communities to relocate. She and her best friend advocated for a resolution urging the federation’s voting members to take action on climate change as it affects Alaska Native people in a way that matches the urgency of the problem.
Imagine a future where these people are our world leaders; how much more connected, empathetic and respectful we could be to each other and the planet. This is the world we would love to be a part of 🌍🙏🏾🙏🏻🙏