In Celebration of International Women’s Day we Look at 5 Female Environmentalists and how They Inspire Us in the Fight Against Climate Change
International Women’s Day was established more than a century ago to celebrate the social, cultural and economic achievements of women. The theme for IWD (8 March) in 2020 is Women’s Right and Gender Equality. This year’s campaign “Each for Equal” shows how each individual can make changes in society. We believe this is particularly important as we continue to explore solutions in the fight against the climate crisis.
The climate crisis is increasingly affecting the lives of people across the world. Establishing global gender equity through education is paramount to spread awareness about climate change and encouraging girls and women into roles of leadership can help in curbing carbom emission levels. Female activists and environmentalists across the world are making significant impact in education, politics, law, research & development, retail, beauty, business development and sustainability.
Here are some female scientists, activists, and environmentalists who have made changes in society to make a better world.
Miranda Wang is the founder and CEO of BioCellection, an organization using chemical technology to recycle plastics. Wang received the UN Environment Programme’s Young Champions of the Earth award in 2018 at the age of 24. Her company has answers for the global plastic problem. BioCellection converts unrecyclable plastics to quality materials that can be used for 3D printing and for making consumer products. This technology helps in reducing the possible carbon dioxide emission if these plastics were burned. Wang was recently awarded a Laureate of ROLEX for Enterprise in recognition of her endeavor to craft a healthier planet. We hope that sustainable fashion products can be created using the technology developed by her in the future
Rayanna Cristine Maximo Franca
Rayanne Cristine Maximo Franca is part of the Indigenous Youth Network from Brazil. She is trying to bring the plight of indigenous Amazon communities to the world’s attention through the movement called “Territory: Our Body, Our Spirit.” According to her, women are most likely to be negatively impacted by climate change, and educating women is one of the best ways to mitigate environmental consequences. She along with other women in the region is echoing a strong need to act against human activities in Amazon and also fights the discrimination they face as indigenous people
Dame Anita Lucia Roddick, a British businesswoman, human rights activist, environmentalist and the founder of “The Body Shop”, a cosmetics company producing natural beauty products based on ethical consumerism. Roddick was involved in activism, environmental and social issues and had involvement with Greenpeace. Roddick founded Children on the Edge (COTE) to help disadvantaged children affected by natural disasters, disabilities, and HIV/AIDS.
The Body Shop was one of the first brands to publicly decry the use of animals in cosmetic testing and to prohibit the practice. In 2019 The Body Shop became the first leading cosmetic company to introduce refillable containers for the products. Roddick also was a pioneer of incorporating hemp into the products she created, at a time was still considered taboo by many. Her championing of hemp skincare and hemp bodycare products led the way for many hemp cosmetic companies and we’re proud to carry on her legacy here at The Hemp Shop.
Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood is a British fashion designer, businesswoman, and environmental activist. She played a key role in bringing modern punk style and new wave fashions into the fashion mainstream. Westwood came to public notice when she made clothes for Malcolm McLaren’s boutique “SEX”. Her merchandise was linked to political causes like climate change, nuclear disarmament, civil rights, etc.
In 2014, Vivienne Westwood cut off her hair to draw attention to the dangers of climate change. She appeared in the PETA ad campaign to promote World Water Day and vegetarianism, drawing attention to the water consumption by meat industries. She advocates ethical fashion and green fashion by using ethically sourced organic cotton. During the ‘Save the Arctic Campaign’ in 2013, the celebrities wore Vivienne Westwood t-shirts made using eco-friendly fabrics and the profit from the t-shirts was given to Greenpeace. The brand conducts experiments on vegan clothing and source sustainable fabrics for their products.
Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist whose campaigning on climate change has gained international recognition. She convinced her parents to opt for lifestyle changes which reduced the carbon footprint. She started the movement called “School Climate Strike” which motivated school children to participate in the worldwide protest against climate change caused by human intervention. She avoided flying to attend the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit in North America and sailed to reach there.
She joined other children to raise a complaint against five nations that failed to reach the emission reduction target committed on the Paris agreement. Thunberg has voiced that climate change will have a top-heavy effect on the younger generation and their futures will be badly affected. She alleged that world leaders are taking too little action to reduce global warming. She has been selected as the person of the year by Time magazine in 2019. She has received many honors and awards for her activism at a very young age.
These female leaders teach us that regardless of our country, gender, age, race, we should tackle the barriers and fight for equal rights. We celebrate the achievements and accomplishments made by these great women on this International Women’s Day. They also show that it is time to give back to Mother Nature through equality, to combat climate change and to make the world sustainable. It is not only these power female role models which inspire us here at The Hemp Shop.
This month we are proud to support Tree Sisters as our chosen charity of choice.
Tree Sisters is an organization that focuses on channeling women’s leadership for the creation of resources for humanity. Their goal is to create a world in which it is normal for every person to protect and restore their environment. This network of women makes monthly donations to fund reforestation in tropical regions and also promote education and women’s leadership. Increasing the green cover by replenishing the forests is essential for promoting biological diversity and the sustainability of the human race.