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Should you get to know these Badass Environmentalists?

In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, we’re celebrating 8 extraordinary women who have continuously advocated and rallied for our earth.

These women work endlessly to implement policies and enact change to preserve and protect our environment — from waterways, forests, access to clean air, oceans and mountains to the precious wildlife that reside within these ecosystems.

Posted:  April 22/2015

The challenges we face today, especially with the onset of climate change, have opened new opportunities in the environmental sector that has long been filled by men. The progress that has been made by these remarkable women is illustrative of just how dynamic the feminine power really is.


1. Dr. Jane Goodall

Dr. Goodall is considered one the world’s foremost experts on chimpanzees and ecology. It is hard to overstate the degree to which she has changed and enriched the field of primatology.

During her 55-year research study, she defied scientific convention by giving the Gombe chimps names instead of numbers, and insisted on the validity of her observations that animals have distinct personalities, minds and emotions. She has harnessed the power of the feminine, instilling such into every aspect of her work — from her research studies to her global work through the Jane Goodall Institute and Roots & Shoots program, which aim to raise awareness and action for endangered species and vulnerable habitats.

Dr. Goodall has transformed the epistemological framework of how we study primates, and has exemplified immeasurable ecological integrity. She will forever be a leading voice in the environmental movement worldwide.

If you haven’t heard the exciting news yet, she is our keynote speaker at Emerging Live this year in San Francisco, and we hope you’ll join us to share in the energy of this legendary woman!


2. Julia Butterfly Hill

In 1997, Julia Butterfly Hill stormed onto the environmental activist scene in Northern California with her courageous 738-day protest living in an old-growth redwood tree, nicknamed Luna.

This act of civil disobedience saved the tree from being cut down by the Pacific Lumber Company and resulted in the raised international awareness for sustainable forest management techniques and the importance of establishing safeguards to protect old-growth trees.

Today, Hill continues her work as an activist, motivational speaker and founder of the Circle of Life Foundation, a non-profit that trains community leaders to enact social change.

Her invincible spirit is illustrative of the immense power that the feminine holds, and the tenets of her legacy — love, courage, devotion — are of immense significance and have made the environmental movement undeniably stronger.

“You, yes you, make the difference.” ~ Julia Butterfly Hill


3. Frances Beinecke

As the former president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Frances has worked tirelessly across political spectrums to strategically develop and execute the organization’s program of work; focusing on curbing global warming, protecting our oceans and endangered ecosystems, developing a clean energy future, addressing toxic chemicals and greening our global economy.

Beinecke has been instrumental in igniting our global discourse on climate change. She was appointed in 2010 to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling by President Obama.

She co-authored The World We Create: A Message of Hope for a Planet in Peril. She is the recipient of the Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award, and her environmental stewardship has been honored by numerous other environmental entities. She is an incredible woman and a force to be reckoned with.


4. Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke is an environmentalist, social activist, economist, speaker, professor and writer. She is of Ojibwe ancestry. She began her career in education on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Northern Minnesota, and soon realized the injustices that many American Indians, especially women, faced, which led her to found the Indigenous Women’s Network.

She is also the founder of White Earth Land Recovery Project, which fights for the retrieval of 837,000 acres of land to their original native American owners. Passionate about Native Environmentalism, she leads Honor the Earth, a non-profit that raises awareness and funding for environmental injustices-such as climate change, renewable energy, and sustainable development.

Bold, brazen, and unrelentingly dedicated to our earth, Winona LaDuke is a leading global voice on environmental issues and sustainability for American Indians and Indigenous Peoples and communities everywhere.


5. Dr. Sylvia Earle

A National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, Dr. Sylvia Earle (dubbed “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker, “Hero for the Planet” by Time magazine, and an “environmental badass” by us here at Emerging Women) is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer.She has extensive experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and nonprofit organizations, and is the former chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In the 1960s, she fought to join male-only expeditions, and has since clocked 7,000 hours of diving, several of which were to record breaking depths. In addition to her PhD. from Duke University, she has 22 honorary degrees, has penned more than than 190 publications, and speaks all over the world, focusing on preserving oceanic biodiversity in the wake of climate change.

Thanks to Dr. Earle and her fearless curiosity we know more about our oceans today than ever before. Her lifetime of work has enriched us with a deeper understanding of how to live sustainably and symbiotically with marine life, and our oceans are healthier because of her commitment to environmentalism.

“The only thing that men can do down there that women can’t is grow beards.” ~ Dr. Sylvia Earle on gender equality and deep sea diving


6. Lois Gibbs

Environmentalism claimed Gibbs, perhaps even before she could claim it. In 1978, Gibbs discovered that her son’s elementary school in Niagara Falls, New York, was built on a toxic waste dump. Investigations revealed that her entire neighborhood, named Love Canal, had been constructed on top of this toxic site. Lois took to her neighborhood and organized a grassroots movement and battled for years against state and federal government.

After years of fighting, nearly 1,000 families were evacuated and a massive cleanup of Love Canal began. Gibbs’ efforts led to the creation of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, a superfund within the US Environmental Protection Agency which is utilized to clean up toxic waste sites throughout America.

Lois Gibbs went on to to form a grassroots environmental crisis center, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, where she currently serves as Executive Director. Love Canal is considered one of the nation’s worst environmental disasters, and Gibbs’ fearless heart and feminine leadership has transformed the way the U.S. handles toxic waste sites, and for that, our communities are healthier and safer.


7. Peggy Shepard

Peggy Shepard is arguably the most important proponent of environmental justice issues in communities of color in the country. She is founder of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, a non-profit she created in 1988 to improve the environmental health and quality of life for communities of color in New York City.

Shepard also serves as an investigator for Columbia University’s Children’s Environmental Health Center and is working to open partnerships between researchers and clinicians and local community members to increase environmental health education and outreach.

Shepard was the first female chair of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, a position she held from 2001-2003. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Heinz Award for the Environment, the Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Achievement, and the Susan B. Anthony Award from the National Organization of Women.

She remains extremely active in the environmental justice field and lectures often at universities nationwide. Her environmental consciousness is one of integrity and is an amazing leader with a passion for fairness and justice for underrepresented communities that is unmatchable.


8. Laurie David

Laurie David burst onto the environmental stage in 2006 with her Academy Award-winning film An Inconvenient Truth. The film received international acclaim and is considered to be a catalyst for significantly increasing global awareness of climate change and for re-energizing the environmental movement. She serves as a trustee on the Natural Resources Defense Council, is the founder of the Stop Global Warming Virtual March, and the creator of Earth to America!, a film raising environmental awareness with a comedic stance.

David is heavily involved in public education and advocacy campaigns, and is involved in lobbying the automotive industry and Congress to increase fuel efficiency standards for vehicles with her creation of the Detroit Project.

Laurie David is a leading voice in the environmental movement and has utilized her unique position in the entertainment industry to promote and raise awareness of global environmental issues, amplifying participation and the accessibility of environmentalism.

Jane Goodall’s Touching Email to Director of Zoo that Killed Harambe will Remind You of the Larger Issue

As the world has been up in flames arguing every possible side of this issue, Jane Goodall, famed primatologist sent a very simple and precise email to the director of the Cincinnati Zoo in response:


Rather than lashing out at Thane Maynard for his choice and feeding into the scandal that this has become, Goodall’s response is one that has been so sorely missing from every conversation about this topic.

The tragedy of the gorilla’s loss and the world’s reaction to it has been turned into pure media fodder and cocktail conversation, but no one seems to want to get to the heart of the matter.

A gorilla, in a zoo, was killed because of the potential threat he posed to a child who fell into his enclosure. The gorilla didn’t ask to be put in this situation, and certainly the little boy didn’t want to be the cause of all of this, but regardless both came to pass because of decisions that neither were a part of.

What Jane does in this email is connect with Maynard on a human level, empathizing with the gravity of the choice he made and highlighting how this sad event must have also affected the gorillas that knew Harambe.

 Patsy Z shared One Green Planet‘s post.

Right or wrong in this situation can be debated for the rest of time, but we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the dual tragedy here:

1.  the fact that a gorilla was killed and also that he was in captivity.

2. The wrongdoing, in this case, began the day this gorilla was placed into a cage and stripped of any potential life in the wild. Inevitably, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time when the little boy entered his created territory.

This isn’t about the fault of the gorilla or the people who killed him, it’s about all of us and our failure to see this animal and ourselves as Jane does in this email – sentient, feeling beings that do not deserve any of this treatment.

If instead of arguing with each other about this event we turned that energy to solving the larger issue here, we could come to a much more positive resolve.

One where we could ensure that no child or animal ever need become the victim of circumstances that neither was meant to be in.

What do you think Green Monsters? Is that the sort of future you want to see?

Since the tragic killing of Harambe the 17-year-old gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, there has been an incredible amount of debate on either side as to whether or not shooting the animal, after a young boy fell into his enclosure, was the right thing to do.

With footage from the event plastered across nearly all news outlets, many have rallied in defense of the gorilla, stating he looked as if he was protecting the boy, while others have boisterously insisted the gorilla needed to be shot due to the threat he posed to the child.

If you’ve been on social media or turned on a TV in the past few days, chances are you’ve been hit with a deluge from both ends and perspectives.

Arbres sacrés et autels: les chimpanzés ont-ils une religion ?

Des scientifiques ont découvert que des chimpanzés en Guinée (Africa) se livrent à d’étranges rituels qui pourraient s’apparenter à un culte primitif.

Peut etre que bien plus que le rire, la religion et le sens du sacré seraient le propre de l’homme.

Pourtant, même ce trait caractéristique de l’homo sapiens pourrait ne pas être une ligne de démarcation aussi intangible qu’on le croyait.

La découverte serait historique – Via Animal Story

En étudiant un groupe de chimpanzés en Guinée, des biologistes ont mis en évidence un comportement singulier. Laura Kehoe de l’université Humboldt à Berlin a été intriguée par des arbres dont le tronc présente de nombreuses traces de choc et d’éraflures.

A lire aussi: Jane Goodall – “Tous les animaux ont besoin d’être sauvés”

En installant une caméra fixe autour de l’un des ces arbres, Laura Kehoe a enregistré une scène extraordinaire: un grand mâle s’immobilise quelques secondes puis il saisit une lourde pierre avec laquelle il frappe violemment le tronc.

Plus étonnant encore, en d’autres occasions, les chimpanzés déposent précautionneusement des pierres dans des troncs évidés. « On n’a jamais rien observé de tel écrit Laura Kehoe sur son blog. Depuis les travaux de Jane Goodall dans les années 60, on sait que les chimpanzés utilisent des pierres et des bâtons comme outils rudimentaires. Mais ce que nous avons découvert n’a aucun rapport avec la recherche de nourriture ou le statut social dans le groupe. Ce n’est pas un comportement aléatoire. Il est répété régulièrement et pourrait s’apparenter à une sorte de rituel. »

“Cela répond à la définition d’un proto-rituel, je n’ai aucun mal à l’admettre”

Les pierres empilées rappellent les autels primitifs dressés par les hommes au cours de la préhistoire.

Selon Laura Kehoe, les coups violents assénés aux arbres pourraient être une forme de communication à distance pour alerter les autres membres du groupe. Mais il est beaucoup plus délicat de trouver une explication pratique aux pierres empilées.

« Il s’agit d’une tradition propre à certains groupes de chimpanzés. Cela répond à la définition d’un proto-rituel, je n’ai aucun mal à l’admettre » explique Jill Pruetz  de l’université d’Iowa.

On doit à cette anthropologue la découverte récente d’autres pratiques surprenantes chez ces grands singes.

Face à un incendie de forêt, ils se livrent à une sorte de danse du feu à proximité des flammes alors que tous les autres animaux fuient, pris de panique. Un « rituel » similaire a été observé pendant les averses comme si, à l’instar des humains, ils vouaient une sorte de culte aux phénomènes naturels.

Bien entendu, il est encore trop tôt pour parler de religion chez les chimpanzés. Mais comme le souligne Laura Kehoe, il sera bien difficile d’en apprendre plus si le braconnage et la déforestation se poursuivent à ce rythme.

En Côte d’Ivoire la population de chimpanzés à chuté de 90% au cours des 17 dernières années.

En Guinée, leur habitat se réduit comme peau de chagrin. Si rien n’est fait, il n’y aura dans ce pays plus un seul chimpanzé en liberté d’ici 30 ans. Et le mystère des arbres sacrés aura disparu avec eux.

Le site de la Wild Chimpanzee Foundation dédiée à la protection des chimpanzés 

The last wolves?

Noted conservationist Jane Goodall says:

“State and federal government actions are threatening wolf packs in Denali, Yellowstone and elsewhere”.

Photographs by Thomas D. Mangelsen

I went to Denali in August in search of wild wolves. It was my first trip to the national park, and I was especially looking forward to seeing the descendants of the pack that biologist Adolph Murie had come to know so well.

Murie’s study, begun in 1939 and continuing today, is the source of much of what we know about wolves in their natural habitat.

(Pictured here: A gray wolf from the Grant Creek pack in Denali National Park, Alaska, in 2012.)

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I went to Denali in August in search of wild wolves. It was my first trip to the national park, and I was especially looking forward to seeing the descendants of the pack that biologist Adolph Murie had come to know so well. Murie’s study, begun in 1939 and continuing today, is the source of much of what we know about wolves in their natural habitat. (Pictured here: A gray wolf from the Grant Creek pack in Denali National Park, Alaska, in 2012.)

Thomas D. Mangelsen / © Thomas D. Mangelsen




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