WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2022: Every year, World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change and global warming. Considering the threats to the ecological balance of the planet, several activists, scientists and experts have repeatedly insisted on the need for greater attention to the climate crisis.
World Environment Day aims to inform everyone about the issues facing Mother Earth and our environment. These issues include increasing pollution, rising sea levels, increasing use of plastic, and increasing carbon footprint, among others.
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So on this World Environment Day, let’s take a look at some of the climate change activists, who are tirelessly trying to raise the existential threat facing our planet, and are constantly working to protect the earth.
Well known for her fiery speech at the United Nations and her challenge to world leaders to take immediate action on climate change, 19-year-old Greta Thunberg is an activist from Sweden. She gained a lot of attention after protesting outside the Swedish Parliament in 2018 and then dropped out of school in 2019 to attend environmental conferences around the world.
Co-founder of the Fridays For Future movement, Disha Ravi is a 23-year-old environmental activist from Bengaluru, Karnataka. Through her campaign, she has raised concerns about environmental degradation in the country.
Fridays For Future was originally started by Greta Thunberg and later Disha made it popular in India. Disha leads movements, with the support of volunteers across the country, that share the common goal of protecting the environment.
The first female president of the Waorani de Pastaza and co-founder of the indigenous-led nonprofit Ceibo Alliance, Nemonte Nenquimo is a 36-year-old indigenous activist for the Ecuadorian Amazon. So far, Nemonte has managed to protect 5,00,000 acres of rainforest destroyed by oil extraction.
Nemonte took the Ecuadorian government to court because they planned to sell his territory to fossil fuel companies. After winning the case in 2019, she also received the Goldman Environmental Prize, which recognizes grassroots activism.
Butterfly Hill Julia
Julia Butterfly Hill is a 48-year-old American activist, well known for having lived in a tree for 738 days. Julia received a lot of media attention when she lived in a 1000-year-old California redwood tree from December 10, 1997 to December 18, 1999. This was done as an act of civil disobedience, in an attempt to protest against the damage done to ecologically important forests in the name of development.
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