Environment and climate change can be overwhelming topics. We see news about how lockdown and social distancing measures have helped improve air quality in several countries. How can we stay inspired and continue our efforts in sustainable science?
We have got many climate change/green activists and influencers who have dedicated their whole lives to this cause, whom we can follow, be inspired, learn from, and take small actions in our lives to bring about change.
At the age of 15, Greta Thunberg started a movement that attracted so many young people to join the cause and she was able to create a platform to communicate with world leaders. She gave a powerful speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit and led one of the largest climate rallies yet in September last year.
Also referred to as ‘water warrior’, this 14-year old Canadian indigenous activist talked about water protection at the United Nations when she was thirteen. Many indigenous territories receive ‘boil water’ advisories as they might be contaminated. Drinking water without boiling could give them waterborne illnesses, nausea, diarrhoea, and cramps. She asked why it is this way in a global platform?
Africa produces just 2-3% of the global carbon emissions and yet remains one of the most vulnerable to climate change with weather extremes such as drought and floods, leading to humanitarian crises. Vanessa Nakate who is 23 years old started her protest at Kampale, Uganda to bring attention to the effects of climate change in her country and the rest of Africa. What started as a one-woman movement has extended to other countries in Africa and more people are joining her protests in Kampale as well.
He is an environmentalist and an advocate for protecting oceans and environment from human impacts. He started the #Take3fortheSea movement where he urges people to take 3 pieces of rubbish with them when they leave the beach as every simple action matter.
He is an American climatologist and geophysicist, who is currently the director of Earth System Science Centre at Pennsylvania State University. His research involves using theoretical models and observational data to better understand climate change. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications and 4 books. You can follow him on Twitter and also take his free online course titled ‘Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact’.
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