Life in the Time of COVID
By: Maria Casey
In honor of Women's History Month, we're rolling out a three part series to highlight the badass women who are leading the charge for sustainability. Whether they are spearheading innovations in sustainable fashion or mobilizing millions in climate strikes, these ladies top the charts.
The following list by no means captures all of the amazing women pushing for systemic change to combat the climate crisis, but is a snapshot to show that regardless of age or background, we can all do our part.
Fast forward to today, her unwavering moral commitments have put her in an interesting position as an activist in the fashion business, leading the force to create the systemic change most needed in the industry.
In 1977, she co-founded the Jane Goodall Institute to work with communities living near chimpanzees to launch alternative sustainable livelihood projects that improve their incomes and their capacity to take care of natural resources. She became a UN Messenger of Peace in 2002.
She recently introduced a new zero-waste initiative called “Waste No More” is merging architects with designers and ethics with business, to bring more awareness to the massive environmental impact that the fashion industry continues to have on the planet.
She is a global ambassador for Oxfam, was awarded the UN Leader of Change award in 2012, and a women’s rights campaigner, launching The Circle — an advocacy group working to overcome poverty and empower women around the world — with Annie Lennox.
There is no better advocate for ethical & sustainable fashion than Emma Watson. Her activist sensibilities can be traced back to her teenage years when she first shone a spotlight on the destruction caused by the fashion industry in the early 2000s.
After Dame Ellen MacArthur's retirement from professional sailing in 2010, she launched the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a charity focusing on a transition to a circular economy. Working in education, business and fashion, the foundation emerged as a thought leader to establish a circular economy on the international agenda.
Greta Thunberg began a global movement by skipping school. Starting in August 2018, she spent her days camped out in front of the Swedish Parliament and a movement quickly grew.
In the 16 months since, she has addressed heads of state at the U.N., met with the Pope, sparred with President Trump and inspired 4M people to join the global climate strike on September 20, 2019, in what was the largest climate demonstration in human history. She was named Time's Person of the Year in 2019.
“You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes.”Greta Thunberg