In order to fight against the worst impacts of global warming, scientists say we have to cut our global carbon emissions in half by 2030. This statistic, although frightening, is not falling upon deaf ears.
Young women across the globe are standing up as agents of change — leading a global climate march to ensure the future of a healthy, clean and sustainable planet.
Take a peek at our list below to meet the noteworthy thought-leaders who are driving the fight to save our planet and who are creating real change for the betterment of our collective future.
Greta Thunberg is a 17-year-old environmental activist who is a Noble Peace Prize nominee, Time Magazine cover star and a rising household name.
At 15 years old, Greta began her activism career by sitting on the front steps of the Swedish parliament building throughout every school day for three weeks to protest the lack of government action aid in the fight against climate change. She created a movement known as Fridays for Future, wherein students strike from school and campaign for awareness and support of this issue.
Amariyanna "Mari" Copeny aka Little Miss Flint
Mari Copeny is an outspoken youth activist from Flint, Michigan who advocates for environmental change in her hometown. She has worked to spread awareness its ongoing water crisis – beginning at the age of 8.
An example of one of her many efforts is the water drive and crowdfunding campaign she created to raise money to purchase bottled water for her community. She was successful in raising enough money for over 200,000 bottles of water.
Copeny is using her Twitter account to keep her followers up-to-date on her many initiatives and advocacy work. She has received global attention from political leaders and celebrities who have commended her hard work and resilience in ensuring that this issue stays top of mind for policy makers and the public.
Autumn Peltier is a member of the Wikwemikong First Nation. She is an Indigenous activist and water protector. At the age of 13, Peltier addressed world leaders at the UN General Assembly for the first time as a spokesperson for the protection of water.
Through her speaking engagements, she addresses the lack of access to clean water experienced by many Indigenous communities. Peltier also speaks to the importance of sustainable land use and has shared her support for a plastic ban.
Peltier is nominated for the 2019 International Children’s Peace Prize by the David Suzuki Foundation. She is also recognized as one of the 2019 Top 25 Women of Influence.
Isra Hirsi is a 16-year-old climate activist and the co- founder of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike. She has organized and led hundreds of student-led strikes across the U.S. and is a recipient of the Brower Youth Award for her climate activism.
Hirsi is an advocate for intersectionality and diversity in the climate justice movement and channels her advocacy to help change the world.
Jamie Margolin is an 18 year-old Colombian- American climate activist in Seattle, Washington. At the age of 15, Margolin co-founded the youth climate initiative Zero Hour.
This organization addresses the lack of concern shown by government officials around the world. Their mission is to educate the public and inspire more people to be involved in activism. In 2018, Jamie was named as one of People Magazine’s 25 Women Changing the world.