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Rachel Carson

Author of Silent Spring

A highly awarded author and scientist who spoke out against environmental injustice from a biological point. 

Brief Biography

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Wangari Maathai

Founder of Green Belt Movement

First African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Her organization educated and provided jobs to African women while planting over 51 million trees. 

Brief Biography

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David Attenborough

Naturalist, Documentary Icon

He voiced in countless documentaries including "Life on Earth" showcasing the beauty of our planet.


Brief Biography

Climate Change Documentary

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Greta Thunberg

Climate Youth Activist

Speaker at UN Climate Action Summit and youngest recipient of Time's Person of the Year. 

Brief Biography

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M. Thunder Hawk

Co-Founder of Women of All Red Nations

Leader in American Indian Movement, and organizer against the Dakota Access Pipeline. She promotes sustainability and sacred lands.

Brief Biography

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John Francis

Author, Professor, Planet Walker

He spent 22 years completely avoiding transportation of any kind, 17 with a vow of silence, all while getting his Phd. UN Goodwill Ambassador

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Naturalist and Conservationist

John Muir

Founder of the Sierra Club who's influence on Teddy Rosevelt resulted in the creation of Yosemite, Sequoia, and Grand Canyon National Parks.

Brief Biography

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Physicist and Ecologist

Vandana Shiva

Founding director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in India. Became a leader in wold trade policy and globalization.

Brief Biography

Link to Book

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Chico Mendes

Brazilian labor leader who advocated for the conservation of the Amazon Rainforest. Murdered by cattle ranchers in his pursuit of social justice.

Brief Biography

On This Day

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Marine Biologist and Oceanographer

Sylvia Earle

Founder of Mission Blue, a marine preserve non-profit, named Time's first Hero of the Planet, scuba dive record breaker, and author.

Brief Biography

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Co-Founded US Youth Climate Strike

Isra Hirsi

Social Justice advocate focusing on communities disproportionately affected by climate change.

Brief Biography

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Veteran, Governor and Activist

Gaylord Nelson

The founder of Earth day, created the Outdoor Recreation Acquisition Program, and helped with the Clean Air and Clean Water Act.

Brief Biography

By no means a complete list, but here are some environmentalists who have paved the way. They each have unique stories showing us that this movement has no single path, no gender, age, race, sexual orientation, or otherwise that separates us. 

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