5 People that will inspire you to act on Climate Change
1. Sir David Attenborough
As one of the world’s best known natural history film-makers, Sir David Attenborough has witnessed first-hand the impact of climate change on our planet. In his film, ‘A life on our Planet’, available now on Netflix, he shares his concern for the current state of the earth and his hopes for the future. He stresses we need to learn how to work with nature rather than against it. Just recently, at the grand age of 95 years of age, he addressed the world’s leaders at the COP26 Climate Change Conference claiming humans are powerful enough to handle climate change – yes, we are! You can watch his speech here.
2. Greta Thunberg
At the other end of the age spectrum, we have Greta Thunberg, a Swedish environmental activist. In August 2018, she started campaigning during school time outside the Swedish Parliament for more action on climate change by holding up a sign reading Skolstrejk för klimatet (School strike for climate). Since then, she has inspired millions of school kids to strike for climate change and has addressed world leaders at climate change summits. According to Greta, since her first school strike in 2018, the world has emitted over 120 billion tonnes of CO2. She is frustrated that climate change has never been treated as a crisis, and she continues to fight with her ongoing climate activism. You can follow Greta here.
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3. Sarah Wilson
You might remember Sarah Wilson as the founder of the ‘I quit sugar’ movement. Today she is one of Australia’s leading activists driving a global conversation on sustainability and climate change. In her book, which I highly recommend, ‘This one wild and precious life’, she argues that many of us feel deep despair and disconnection, and we are all feeling that same itch for a new way of living. According to Sarah, we are being called upon, individually and as a society, to do everything we can to ensure the future of this ‘one wild and precious life’. You can follow Sarah here, and she also has a great podcast called Wild.
4. Natalie Isaacs
Natalie Isaacs is the founder and CEO of 1 Million Women, a global movement of women and girls who take practical action to fight climate change by changing the way they live. A former cosmetics manufacturer, Natalie thought climate change was someone else’s problem. However, she soon realised how powerful small changes such as reducing your energy consumption could be. Natalie realised that individual action is key to a powerful path to solving the climate crisis. One small action at a time multiplied by millions and millions changes the system. Join the 1 million women movement here.
5. Rob Greenfield
Rob Greenfield is an environmental activist and humanitarian dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable, just, and equal world. He embarks on extreme projects to bring attention to critical global issues and inspire positive change. His projects include travelling around South America with no money, surviving a year only on what he grew or foraged for, and raising awareness of food wastage by dumpster diving. Rob believes that as individuals, and communities we have the power to improve the world around us. Now you don’t necessarily have to go to these extremes to save the environment, however, you can learn a lot from Rob on living simply and responsibly for life. Visit his website here.