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International Women’s Day 2021: The Women Inspiring & Educating Us Everyday
As today is International Women’s Day, we wanted to share just some of the many women that inspire us, educate us, and help to make the world a better place. We highlight women from agriculture to social justice who are helping to shape our ideals of what our planet and humanity could look like in a more ideal world.
Aditi Mayer is a digital creator whose work focuses on decolonizing fashion and sustainability. Her Instagram is an incredible place to learn all about the issues with the fashion world, while finding amazing sustainable brands to support instead.
Alice Aedy is an incredible activist and documentary filmmaker and photographer, whose work focuses on forced migration, environmental issues and women’s stories. She has spent much of her professional career on the front lines of the refugee crisis and on the frontlines of the climate crisis.
Regenerative Agriculture & Permaculture
Renee Elizabeth Peters
Renee is an amazing woman who has worn many different hats but has now settled into the world of regeneration and is one of our go tos for so many different resources, particularly food. Renee is a permaculture and plant nursery apprentice and has spent the last year and a half studying regenerative land practices. At her current apprenticeship, Renee assists with permaculture and #agroforestry projects on highly degraded land and shares her experiences on her wonderful Instagram page.
Poppy Okotcha is a horticulturist, forager, and activist living and gardening in Devon. She has been focusing on creating an edible and medicinal garden since moving out of London last year. Her Instagram is an incredible source of inspiration, as she shares different things she grows and forages, and their varied uses!
Karen Young-Washington is an inspiration – a power force of activism and environmental justice. Since 1985 Karen has been a community activist, striving to make New York City a better place to live. As a community gardener and board member of the New York Botanical Gardens, Karen worked with Bronx neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens. As an advocate, she stood up and spoken out for garden protection and preservation. After thirty years as a physical therapist, she “retired” in April 2014 to start Rise & Root Farm.
Leah Penniman, author of ‘Farming While Black’, is a food sovereignty activist and the co-director and farm manager of Soul Fire Farm. She has over 20 years of experience working with farming project all over the world. She co-founded Soul Fire Farm over ten years ago with the mission to “raise and distribute life-giving food as a means to end food apartheid” and “train the next generation of activist-farmers.” Listen to our podcast episode with Leah here!
Jane Fonda has been an incredible and outspoken activist for over 50 years. From protesting wars to fighting for social movements and environmental justice, Fonda spent her Thanksgiving at 79 protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock. At 82, she protested at the steps of Capital Hill every week for months, to fight for environmental legislative reform.
Leah Thomas is an eco-creative and founder of Intersectional Environmentalist, a platform for exploring intersections of social and environmental justice. Her personal Instagram is amazing place to find eco tips along with inspirational commentary on the world around us. In a world full of scary headlines, Thomas focuses on being optimistic about the future of our climate.
Tara Houska is the founder of Giniw Collective, a collective of indigenous womxn that is a two-spirit led resistance to defend our Mother & live in balance with her. Tara is an activist that has been a part of huge protests against environmental degradation and fossil fuel expansions that would harm our planet and in particular indigenous lands. Tara teaches you how to fight like a woman.
Winona is one of those women that just seems tireless – her fight for indigenous rights and environmental preservation shows us what true passion is. Winona LaDuke is one of the world’s most tireless and charismatic leaders on issues related to climate change, Indigenous rights, human rights, green and rural economies, grass-roots organizing, local foods, alternative sources of energy and the priceless value of clean water over a career spanning nearly 40 years of activism.
Environmental Conservation & Science
Dr. Jane Goodall
Dr. Jane Goodall has been working on highlighting and fighting environmental issues for over 60 years. The Jane Goodall Institute is a global community conservation organization that aims to protect animals and conserve the natural world to attempt to better our lives along with the lives of everything that lives in our environment.
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist and founder of Ocean Collectiv3, an incredible consulting firm for conversation solutions grounded in social justice. She is also the founder of Urban Ocean lab, which is a think tank for coastal cities. Her areas of expertise are incredibly varied, but all based in helping to preserve our environment. She specialises in ocean policies, fishery management, science communication, and so much more!
Women-Led Educational Platforms
Chicks for Climate
Chicks for Climate is an Instagram everyone should be following. It is where feminism and environmentalism merge. The page is incredibly informative and helps educate you with each and every post. From climate news to social justice, we promise you’ll learn something new and important every day.
Stories Behind Things
Stories Behind Things is another must follow if you want to learn more about sustainability and how to ethically and mindfully consume. They share environmental news that may not even be found in the mainstream media while also sharing sustainable brands and movements that we should all be supporting.