Earth Activists

February 14, 2020
FROM LEFT: PAUL MORIGI— NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC/GETTY IMAGES; CHARLEY GALLAY— NAACP/GETTY IMAGES; AMANDA EDWARDS—WIREIMAGE/GETTY IMAGES; JON KOPALOFF—FILMMAGIC/GETTY IMAGES

Women around the world are working to help the environment. Here are four who have done their part to protect Earth’s plants and animals. Which of these women most inspires you to take action?

JON KOPALOFF—FILMMAGIC/GETTY IMAGES

Scientist Jane Goodall was born in London, England. She has always loved animals. She especially loves apes. Chimpanzees are apes. At age 26, Goodall began studying chimps in Tanzania. That’s in Africa. She’s fighting to save their habitat from deforestation.

CHARLEY GALLAY— NAACP/GETTY IMAGES

Activist Wangari Maathai was known as the Mother of Trees. She taught people how important trees are to the environment. She started a group that plants trees across Africa. In 2004, she won the Nobel Peace Prize. Maathai died on September 25, 2011.

AMANDA EDWARDS—WIREIMAGE/GETTY IMAGES

Scientist and environmental activist Vandana Shiva was born in India. She works to protect farmland. She helps people grow healthier and safer foods. Shiva has written many books. They teach readers about the importance of the land and how to take care of it.

PAUL MORIGI—GETTY IMAGES/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

American Sylvia Earle has always cared about the ocean. This scientist works to save the world’s oceans from pollution and overfishing. She goes on explorations with her team. The trips raise awareness about ocean conservation.