Climate change has become one of the biggest threats to humanity. It’s important to highlight how far climate change activists have come, continuing the fight to solve the climate crisis. Around the world, many young individuals have actively participated in creating awareness about deteriorating climate conditions.
Who They Are
Climate Change Activists include people who have been doing their part in fighting against climate change by working on an individual level and taking on institutional or governmental roles to make a difference at all levels of society. These individuals are helping create sustainable cities, spread awareness about food waste and environmental destruction through art projects, and educating others about why they should
Why They Matter
This week, the United Nations released a report highlighting how climate change affects the world and what we can do to curb it. The report found that extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense with each passing year, leading to higher rates of global warming.
Famous Environmental Activists
After capturing public attention at the United Nations in New York City last September, Thunberg spoke in December at the UN’s climate change conference in Madrid. Greta’s sheer enthusiasm and dedication to the cause have been appreciated by young climate activists worldwide, inspiring them to take a stand in their lands.
David Wicker, a 14-year-old climate change activist, lives in Italy and has organized groups of students to protest via Fridays for Future in Turin, Italy. He has asked governments worldwide to place the Climate Change issue as their top priority.
16-year-old Saoi O’Connor from Ireland has been dissenting in her way since the age of four. Now she is one of the critical figures of Ireland’s youth climate activists.
Karida Niode is an enthusiastic Climate Reality Leader in Jakarta, Indonesia. She lives near an urban, low-income community.
Rosie is a 19-year-old activist who has actively led a petition drive that persuaded the local council in England to declare a “climate emergency” after catastrophic flooding.
A very young climate activist partner sees registering young people to vote as the best way to spur action on climate change. He also founded OneMillionOfUs, and his organization combines voter registration with activism on climate change and many other social issues.
Haven is the founder and executive director of ARID Agency. She celebrates Earth Day virtually with her activist family around them and sheld. She has been a co-founder of the US Youth Climate Strike.
Kezia is a Climate Change Leader, and Gerosano is a part of the UN Youth Assembly on climate change. Presenting herself from a country like the Philippines, where the effects of climate change are incredibly apparent, she advocates for the country’s people greatly affected by the climate crisis.
Celebrity Climate Activists
Here are ten more climate activists you should know:
She is a scientist and has worked with the World Resources Institute to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help businesses make money in a low-carbon economy.
He is an actor, producer, and director. He has been a climate change activist since he founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 2006, which supports environmental causes such as combating climate change, protecting biodiversity, and reducing carbon emissions from deforestation worldwide.
He is an American retired NASA earth scientist who has helped shape our understanding of global warming since he first told Congress on 23 June 1988 that “the greenhouse effect has been detected, and it is changing our climate now.”
He is a Canadian scientist, writer, broadcaster, and environmental activist. Currently an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, he hosts the television show The Nature of Things. In 2007, David Suzuki ranked 6th on the list of Most Trusted Canadians.
He is an English business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. Branson has stated his concern about climate change in various media outlets and said he was determined to use the profits from Virgin Atlantic airline to develop environmentally-friendly fuels.
He is a writer, journalist, founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, and Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College in Vermont. In 2012, he was awarded the Gandhi Peace Award.
He is an environmentalist, author, and former politician who served as vice president of the United States (1993-2001) under President Bill Clinton. His book An Inconvenient Truth became a rallying cry for citizens to fight climate change.
He worked for 20 years in executive positions in the entertainment industry before serving eight years as a high-ranking official in three different California state administrations. At the helm of California’s Environmental Protection Agency (1990–95), Tamminen became an environmental activist and was appointed by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as the California Natural Resources Agency (2007-09).
George W. Bush
He was the 43rd President of the United States (2001-2009), serving two terms after defeating Democratic candidate John Kerry in a close and controversial election. His administration undertook several significant initiatives related to climate change, including reforming fuel efficiency standards for automobiles and implementing new air pollution regulations.
Obama was the 44th President of the United States (2009-2017) and was the first African American to serve. He has made climate change a crucial part of his plan, reducing energy consumption through improved technology and increased renewable energy nuclear power.
This report is an excellent resource for those curious about the organizations and individuals that make up this growing movement. But it’s not just one person or an organization; many people worldwide have decided to take action against climate change.
Some environmental activists want more education on sustainable living practices, while others may be fighting to protect our land from fossil fuel extraction in courtrooms. Whatever their goal, we all need to do what we can if we want a future where humankind’s impact on the environment doesn’t damage irreparable.