All over the world, women are at the forefront of promoting the environmental revolution. Whether it be exploring the world’s oceans or protecting the Amazon, fearless women are leading the charge against the status-quo. Here are some of the most inspiring women of all time, all fighting for environmental justice.

Wangari Maathai 

Wangari Maathai was an environmental and political activist in Kenya. After studying biology in the United States, she returned to Kenya to begin a career that combined environmental and social concerns. She worked tirelessly for both land conservation and women’s rights. She was the founder of the Green Belt movement, which focused on environmental conservation and women’s rights, in her native country. In addition to being honored by many world leaders for her efforts, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her approach to sustainable development, democracy and peace.

marina silva

Marina Silva is a warrior for the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. Silva was a colleague of Chico Mendes one of the architects of the peaceful demonstrations by forest-dwelling rubber tappers against wanton deforestation and the expulsion of forest communities from their traditional holdings, who was assassinated in 1988. She and Mendes led demonstrations in the 1980s to protect the rainforest from government control. After Mendes’ assassination, Silva became a politician and fought for environmental protection, sustainable development, and social justice. Deforestation decreased by 59% from 2004 to 2007, during her political career.

May boeve

May Boeve is co-founder of the website,,  an organization dedicated to working against climate change by connecting leaders across the world. The aim of the organization is to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to a point where global warming will not be as dangerous as predicted. Her organization is going straight to the source: the fossil fuel industry. By limiting the power of the industry itself, they hope to then confront the government about limiting carbon dioxide emissions.

 Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva is an Indian environmentalist who has spent much of her life in defense of biodiversity. In 1991, she founded Navdanya, a research institute that aims to protect the diversity and integrity of native seeds while also promoting fair trade practices. Her research institute is dedicated to addressing the most significant environmental and social justice issues of the current era.

Greta Thunberg 

We couldn’t conclude this list by citing Greta Thunberg the 17-year-old environmental activist from Sweden that took the world by storm with her Fridays for Future movement.  Greta is known for her activism around the global climate crisis. She has addressed world leaders at the World Economic Forum, United Nations Climate Conference and at the US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.  “The Greta Effect” has inspired young environmentalists across the world, and has brought the global climate crisis to the public’s attention. 

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