5 Females Leading the Way in Sustainability

March 5, 2021

By Frances Lucraft

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, I felt there was no better way to acknowledge the wonderful world of women than to reflect on 5 females who are leading the way in sustainability through their dedication to environmental activism and confronting climate change.

I embarked on creating Grace & Green to help tackle the urgent and growing climate crisis. As far as I’m concerned, it is the biggest and most pressing issue we face. I’d like to share some of the women who have inspired me over the years, not only on a personal level, but also in helping to shape what Grace & Green has become today.

These women have been fearless in their fight to help address the environmental crisis. Their stories are remarkable in how they have led their lives through personal sacrifice, actions and mission. I hope they spark a light of hope and inspiration for you too, and highlight that there is an opportunity for change, and a brighter future.

Caroline Lucas
Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion

If anyone can help us fight the climate crisis and bring about the political accountability we need, it’s Caroline Lucas.

Elected as the first Green Party Member of Parliament in 2010, she is a beacon of hope for us in the UK as her politics are all about sustainability, social justice and peace. She is outspoken, passionate and fearless in what she stands for – the perfect example of an empowered woman using her platform to drive meaningful change.

Jane Goodall
Activist & Primatologist, UK

Jane is a phenomenal woman who has dedicated over 60 years of her life to forest conservation and giving the world a remarkable insight into the lives and protection of chimpanzees.

She has been a hero of mine since I first heard about her work in my early 20s. I was fortunate to meet her once at Bristol Zoo where she was showcasing Roots & Shoots – an education programme for young people, encouraging them to implement positive change for people, animals and the environment.

Juliet Davenport
Founder and CEO of Good Energy, UK

Juliet is inspiring to me in so many ways. As the founder of a leading renewable energy company, she is focused on delivering the needs of society in a purposeful way, putting the planet ahead of profit. I love her passion for creating a business that not only does good but challenges the conventions of a male dominated industry.

She is the innovator we are in need of and a powerful female figure who has had to carve her own path in her mission to power a cleaner, greener world.

Greta Thunberg
Swedish Youth Activist

You cannot have a list of females leading the way in sustainability without including Greta. Her activism, which started out as a humble protest outside of the Swedish Parliament, is truly sobering and has ignited millions of people to follow her. She later gave an impassioned speech on a global stage at the UN conference for climate change which took on a rattling new tone:

“People are suffering and dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

These words are still replayed over and over and it’s quite incredible how, at 16, she managed to capture the attention of the world. I’m in awe of this young woman’s impact.

Isatou Ceesay
Activist and Social Entrepreneur

Isatou Ceesay is a wonderful grassroots activist who, despite leaving school in The Gambia at a young age, seldom lets anything stop her from learning or taking action.

Her recycling project, which began in 1998 amidst much resistance and taunting, is still thriving today and she has inspired and led a community to radically change their behaviours and create a positive impact on the planet. Women’s Initiative Gambia now works with communities across the west African state to address not only the environmental impact of unregulated waste disposal, particularly plastic, but also the empowerment of women in a male dominated society.

Known in The Gambia as the “Queen of Plastic”, she really is the kind of female figure we should be praising as a “Queen” in our society.