Women Environmental Activists

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Throughout history, there have been many women environmental activists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female environmental activists such as Shailene Woodley, Alicia Silverstone, Margaret Atwood, Wangari Maathai, Rosalie Edge.The women environmental activists featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.
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 1 
Erin Brockovich
(Environmental Activist)
Erin Brockovich
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Birthdate: June 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lawrence, Kansas

Legal consultant, environmental activist, and consumer activist Erin Brockovich is known for suing California-based Pacific Gas & Electric Company, alleging them of contamination of water with hexavelent chromium, in 1993. Her story inspired the Julia Roberts-starrer 2000 movie Erin Brockovich. She has written two books and hosted TV shows, too.

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Marion Cotillard
(French Actress Best Known for Her Films: 'La Vie en Rose' and 'Two Days, One Night')
Marion Cotillard
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Birthdate: September 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Marion Cotillard delivered an Academy Award-winning performance as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, becoming the first to win the award for a French-language film. She was appreciated for her iconic role of Joan of Arc on stage. She has promoted Lady Dior bags and Chanel No. 5 fragrance.
 3 
Daryl Hannah
(Actress Best Known for Her Role in the Films: 'Kill Bill', 'Blade Runner' and 'Splash')
Daryl Hannah
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Birthdate: December 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Daryl Hannah is best known for her Saturn Award-winning performances as Madison in Splash and Elle Driver in the Kill Bill movies. In 2017, she claimed she had been sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein in the past. Hannah is a vegan and has struggled with autism in childhood.
 4 
Greta Thunberg
(Swedish Environmental Activist Known for Challenging World Leaders to Take Action for Climate Change Mitigation)
Greta Thunberg
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Birthdate: January 3, 2003
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg is known for her straightforward speaking manner in which she addresses world leaders for failing to take sufficient action regarding the climate change issue. She is considered a youth icon for starting the movement Fridays for Future. She has been included in Time magazine's 100 most influential people list.

 5 
Laurie David
(Environmental Activist)
Laurie David
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Birthdate: March 22, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States

Laurie David is an American environmental activist best known for producing An Inconvenient Truth, a documentary film that has been credited for reenergizing the environmental movement and raising public awareness on global warming. In 2003, she was honored with the Children's Nature Institute's Leaf Award for her efforts to educate young children about our environment.

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Tiya Sircar
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Real Eleanor’ in the TV Series ‘The Good Place’)
Tiya Sircar
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Birthdate: May 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tarrant County, Texas, United States
Tiya Sircar is an American actor of Indian Bengali descent, who is known for her roles in the series The Good Place and the Netflix film Good Sam. She has also voiced Sabine Wren in Star Wars Rebels. The website Beauty Blitz named her their guest celebrity editor. 
 7 
Zuzana Čaputová
(The First Woman to be Elected as the President of Slovakia.)
Zuzana Čaputová
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Birthdate: June 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Zuzana Čaputová is a Slovak politician, environmental activist, and lawyer. In 2019, Čaputová became the first woman to be elected as the President of Slovakia. She also became the youngest Slovak president of all time as she was 45 years old when she was elected. In 2020, Zuzana Čaputová was included in Forbes magazine's World's 100 Most Powerful Women list.

 8 
Wangari Maathai
(The First African Woman to Receive 'Nobel Peace Prize')
Wangari Maathai
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Birthdate: April 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ihithe, Kenya
Died: September 25, 2011

Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan environmental, social, and political activist. She achieved popularity after becoming the first African woman to be honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. She is credited with founding a non-governmental organization called The Green Belt Movement (GBM), which focuses on women's rights and environmental conservation.

 9 
Jill Stein
(Member of the Lexington Town Meeting from the 2nd Precinct (2005 - 2010))
Jill Stein
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Birthdate: May 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Jill Stein is a physician who later became the presidential nominee for the Green Party in the 2012 and 2016 elections. She has also been the Green-Rainbow Party's candidate for the governorship of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010. She believed in the Green New Deal, including climate change reforms.
 10 
Shailene Woodley
(Actress Best Known for Her Film 'The Fault in Our Stars' and TV Series 'Big Little Lies')
Shailene Woodley
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Birthdate: November 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Bernardino County, California, United States

A child model at four and a television actor at eight, Shailene Woodley began working early and found fame with The Descendants, The Spectacular Now and the Divergent film series. She later gained tremendous appreciation for her work in the movie The Fault in Our Stars and HBO series Big Little Lies. The award winning actress is also an environmentalist and activist

 11 
Jane Fonda
(Actress)
Jane Fonda
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Birthdate: December 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Jane Fonda is hailed as one of the best actresses ever and has won two Oscars. She has acted in popular and acclaimed films like Barefoot in the Park, Barbarella, Klute, Coming Home, Julia, The Morning After, The China Syndrome and California Suite. She’s also known for her exercise videos and is famous for her opposition to the Vietnam War.

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Izabella Miko
(Actress)
Izabella Miko
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Birthdate: January 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Łódź, Poland

Polish actress, dancer, film producer and environmental activist Izabella Miko is noted for starring in the films Coyote Ugly and The Forsaken and in the music videos Mr. Brightside and Miss Atomic Bomb by The Killers. She debuted as film producer with Desert Dancer. She runs the eco foundation called EkoMiko and has a sustainable candle line called EkoMiko Candles.

 13 
Lady Miss Kier
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Birthdate: August 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio, USA
 14 
Isra Hirsi
(American Environmental Activist)
Isra Hirsi
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Birthdate: February 22, 2003
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Isra Hirsi is an American environmental activist best known for co-founding the U.S. Youth Climate Strike, where she also serves as co-executive director. A self-described communist, Isra Hirsi was named in Fortune magazine's 40 Under 40 list in 2020.

 15 
Nicole Hernandez Hammer
(Climatologist and Activist)
Nicole Hernandez Hammer
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Birthplace: Guatemala
 16 
Elizabeth May
(Leader of the Green Party of Canada from 2006 to 2019)
Elizabeth May
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Birthdate: June 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
 17 
Gina Lopez
(Philippine Environmental Activist Who Fought against Destructive Mining)
Gina Lopez
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Birthdate: December 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: August 19, 2019

Philippine environmental activist and philanthropist Gina Lopez is remembered for her relentless fight against hazardous and destructive mining practices. She had led the ABS-CBN Foundation and had chaired the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission. She had also served as the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines.

 18 
Luisa Neubauer
(German Climate Activist Who Began the 'Fridays for Future Campaign')
Luisa Neubauer
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Birthdate: April 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

German climate activist Luisa Neubauer is known for starting the campaign Fridays for Future, which began as a school strike for climate change awareness, with other activists such as Greta Thunberg. Her efforts include discussions with government heads and her participation at the UN Climate Conference.

 19 
Julia Butterfly Hill
(Environmental Activist)
Julia Butterfly Hill
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Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Missouri, United States
 20 
Berta Cáceres
(Activist)
Berta Cáceres
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Birthdate: March 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: La Esperanza, Honduras
Died: March 2, 2016
 21 
Medha Patkar
(Social Activist)
Medha Patkar
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Birthdate: December 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai

Medha Patkar is an Indian social activist known for her work concerning several issues raised by farmers, tribes, women, and laborers facing injustice in India. She is also known for popularizing the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) movement which opposes the construction of large dams across the Narmada River. Medha Patkar is the recipient of many awards including the Mother Teresa Award.

 22 
Severn Cullis-Suzuki
(Canadian Environmental Activist, Speaker, Television Host, and Author)
Severn Cullis-Suzuki
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Birthdate: November 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Canadian activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki is known for her fight for environmental issues and intergenerational justice. Born to environmentalist David Suzuki, she began her journey as an environmental activist in fifth grade. She was also honored in the UNEP’s Global 500 Roll of Honour and supports the Slow movement.

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Sheherazade Goldsmith
(British Environmental Activis and Jewelry Business Owner)
Sheherazade Goldsmith
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Birthdate: March 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Denmark Hill, London

Sheherazade Goldsmith is known for her pioneering a venture of concept jewelry, Loquet London, which offers customized pendants. She has been a columnist for publications such as The Sunday Times and has also penned books. An environmental activist and philanthropist, too, she once owned an organic food business.

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Judith Wright
(Poet, Environmentalist, Campaigner for Aboriginal Land Rights)
Judith Wright
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Birthdate: May 31, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Armidale, Australia
Died: June 25, 2000

Judith Wright was an Australian environmentalist, poet, and campaigner for Indigenous land rights. Wright is credited with founding one of the earliest environmental conservation movements in Australia. Best remembered for her poetry skills, Judith Wright won the prestigious Christopher Brennan Award in 1976. In 1991, she was honored with the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

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Alexandra Cousteau
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Birthdate: March 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States
 26 
Vandana Shiva
(Philosopher, Physicist, Writer, University teacher)
Vandana Shiva
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Birthdate: November 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dehradun

Indian environmental activist and physicist Vandana Shiva is known for her anti-GMO campaigns. The Gandhi of grain is the founder of RFSTN, which promotes sustainable agriculture, and is against globalization. She developed an interest in environmentalism after witnessing a forest at her hometown being cleared for a project.

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Kuki Gallmann
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Birthdate: June 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Treviso, Italy Treviso, Kingdom of Italy Italy

Born to Italian writer Cino Boccazzi, Kuki Gallmann later moved to Kenya with her husband and son, both of whom she lost in separate accidents. Taking up Kenyan citizenship, she focused on ecological conservation. He bestselling book I Dreamed Of Africa was later made into a movie.

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Celine Cousteau
(Public Figure and Socio-Environmental Advocate)
Celine Cousteau
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Birthdate: June 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States

Celine Cousteau is a public figure and socio-environmental advocate. She is renowned for her work as an explorer, documentary filmmaker, artist, public speaker, designer, and brand ambassador. Céline Cousteau is credited with founding CauseCentric Productions, which produces multi-media content.

Elizabeth Lejonhjärta
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Birthplace: Norrbotten, Sweden

Elizabeth Lejonhjärta is a Swedish model, writer, blogger, and social media personality. Elizabeth and her twin sister Victoria Lejonhjärta achieved international fame when they collaborated with popular Canadian rapper Drake for his 2016 album Views. Popularly known as the it girls in Sweden, Elizabeth and Victoria Lejonhjärta have modeled for brands like Calvin Klein, Nike, Chanel, and Max Factor.

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Dorothy Stang
(Activist)
Dorothy Stang
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Birthdate: June 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: February 12, 2005
Victoria Lejonhjarta
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Birthdate: October 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Norrbotten, Sweden
Victoria Lejonhjarta is a Swedish model, writer, blogger, and social media personality. Along with her twin sister Elizabeth Lejonhjärta, Victoria has achieved immense popularity and the duo is popularly known as the it girls in Sweden. Apart from modeling for brands like Calvin Klein, Nike, Chanel, and Max Factor, Victoria and Elizabeth have also collaborated with popular celebrities like Drake.
 32 
Vanessa Nakate
(Activist)
Vanessa Nakate
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Birthdate: November 15, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uganda
 33 
Otara Gunewardene
(Businessperson)
Otara Gunewardene
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Birthdate: August 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
 34 
Carol Browner
(Attorney and politician)
Carol Browner
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Birthdate: December 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
 35 
Jecca Craig
(Environmental Conservationist Who Helped in Founding ‘Panthera’, World's Largest Wildcat Conservation Organization)
Jecca Craig
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Birthdate: January 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Taunton, England

Environmental-conservationist Jecca Craig, presently completing a doctorate at University College London, helped in founding the largest wildcat-conservation-organization of the world called Panthera; and the independent NGO Stop Ivory that aims in protecting elephant and stopping ivory trade. Jecca’s father Ian Craig founded Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary on the Craigs’ family land, and later Lewa Wildlife Conservancy incorporating the original sanctuary.

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Linda Hogan
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Birthdate: July 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
 37 
Elspeth Huxley
(Author and Environmentalist, Best Known for Her Books on Her Early Life in British Kenya)
Elspeth Huxley
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Birthdate: July 23, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 10, 1997

Raised by coffee farmer parents in British East Africa, Elspeth Huxley grew up to be a prominent author, known for her lyrical books such as The Flame Trees of Thika, depicting her life in British Kenya. She was also a BBC broadcaster, a magistrate, and an environmental activist.

 38 
Wanjira Mathai
(Environmentalist)
Wanjira Mathai
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Birthdate: 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kenya
 39 
Marlice van Vuuren
(Environmentalist)
Marlice van Vuuren
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Birthdate: May 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Namibia
 40 
Michelle Dilhara
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Birthdate: May 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ragama, Sri Lanka
 41 
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
(Environmental Activist)
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
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Birthdate: 1984 AD
Birthplace: Chad
 42 
Lise Van Susteren
(Psychiatrist, Environmental Activist)
Lise Van Susteren
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Birthdate: March 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
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Rosalie Edge
(Women’s Right Activist & Environmentalist)
Rosalie Edge
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Birthdate: November 3, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: United States of America
Died: November 20, 1962
 44 
LaDonna Brave Bull Allard
(Historian, Activist)
LaDonna Brave Bull Allard
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Birthdate: June 8, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fort Yates, North Dakota, United States
Died: April 10, 2021
 45 
Jeannette Kawas
(Environmental activist)
Jeannette Kawas
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Birthdate: January 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tela, Atlántida, Honduras
Died: February 6, 1995
 46 
Fatima Jibrell
(Environmentalist)
Fatima Jibrell
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Birthdate: December 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sanaag, Somalia
 47 
Nahla Mahmoud
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Birthdate: March 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wau, Sudan Wau, Sudan
 48 
Bertha Zúñiga
(Environmentalist)
Bertha Zúñiga
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Birthdate: December 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Puerto Cortés, Honduras
 49 
Sharon Matola
(Founding director of the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center)
Sharon Matola
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Birthdate: June 3, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: March 21, 2021
 50 
Maria Minerva
(Musician)
Maria Minerva
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Birthdate: March 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia