9 Women Leading Environmental Change

March 01, 2021

Today, March 1st, marks the first day of Women’s History Month! We wanted to kick it off by taking a moment to shine light on some of the women who inspire us and who we hope will inspire you too. From ocean conservation, to thrifting advice, to exposing the perils of fast fashion, these women are advocating for and leading change in the environmental justice movement. We absolutely love to see it.

Leah Thomas 

Leah Thomas is a writer and creative whose work explores the relationship between social justice and environmentalism. She also founded @intersectionalenvironmentalist, an always inspiring and educational environmental media and resource hub that advocates for inclusivity in environmental justice movements and education.

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a Marine Biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native. She works on climate policy and ocean conservation solutions that are grounded in environmental justice. She's a founder of the @urbanoceanlab and the co-host of @how2saveaplanet (one of our favorite climate podcasts). Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson’s work is always smart, sometimes funny, and surprisingly hopeful in the way she approaches the search for solutions to climate change. 

Aditi Mayer 

A sustainable fashion blogger, photojournalist, and labor rights activist, Aditi Mayer takes an intersectional and decolonial approach to fashion and culture. From anti-racism in the fashion industry, to the rise of farmer protests across India, her work has taught us a lot. Also a model and creative consultant, Aditi weaves her mission of social consciousness and sustainability into everything she does. 

Autumn Peltier 

Autumn Peltier is an Anishinaabe Indigenous water-rights advocate. Having grown up with traditional teachings and knowledge about the sacredness of water, Autumn is a world-renowned global youth environmental activist fighting for access to clean, safe and reliable drinking water. At the age of 14, she became the Chief Water Commissioner of the Anishinabek Nation, a political advocacy group for 40 First Nations across Ontario.

Sophia Li 

Sophia Li is a multimedia journalist, filmmaker, and climate optimist. Through immersive storytelling and conscious content, She works to humanize the stories, products and characters she works with. We personally love “Landfills as Museums”, a short doc she directed, made in collaboration with the environmental nonprofit @theslowfactory and the United Nations and Waste Management.

Cheyenne Sundance 

Cheyenne Sundance is a self taught urban farmer and community justice advocate. In 2019, she founded @sundanceharvest (https://www.instagram.com/sundanceharvest/), a 1/3 acre full year farm in Toronto that’s rooted in food justice. In addition to providing resources, knowledge and guidance for youth who are marginalized within the food system, Sundance Harvest runs a free urban agriculture mentorship program which nurtures and grows the farm projects of BIPOC, LGBTQ2S and youth with disabilities.

Dominique Drakeford 

A self-described Vanguard of Sustainability, Dominique Drakeford is an environmental educator who, using fashion as her entry point, seeks to change the narrative of sustainability discourse. Founder of @melaninass and @sustainablebk, her work challenges who participates in these movements and how, while reframing solution models for the global climate crisis.

Stephanie Shepherd Suganami 

Stephanie Shepherd Suganami is the co-founder of @FutureEarth, a climate education platform you might be familiar with for their beautiful, informative, and often viral visuals and infographics. Formerly the Chief Operating Officer of Kardashian West Brands, Stephanie Shepherd Suganami has gone from being a fashion and beauty influencer, to focusing her attention on the environment. 

Tolmeia Gregory 

Tolmeia Gregory is a sustainable fashion activist and blogger with a mission to create a more ethical and conscious narrative for both consumers and the fashion industry. Through writing, education, and some pretty beautiful art, she uses her platform to raise awareness about the environmental crisis and to influence positive change.

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