March is Women’s History Month, a month to celebrate women’s contributions to history, culture and society. In order to honor this month, we’ve have already compiled one list of women who have made big positive impacts on the environment. However, as there are so many women who have done such amazing things, we though it was best to create a part II. Therefore, here are 4 more woman who have positively impacted the environment.
Jane Goodall is best known for her preservation efforts and research on chimpanzees. She first encountered a chimp, in 1960, in Tanzania, as a part of her research project to study the commonalities between chimps and humans. In 1977, she founded the the Jane Goodall Institute, a “global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. By protecting chimpanzees and inspiring people to conserve the natural world we all share, we improve the lives of people, animals and the environment.”
The first female chief scientist of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was Sylvia Earle. She has explored oceans for decades and has spent more than 7,000 hours underwater researching oceanic ecosystems and the impact of humans. She was named “Time” magazine’s first Hero of the Planet and launched Mission Blue, an effort to raise awareness of marine protected areas.
Yoko Ono may be best known to many as John Lennon’s wife. However, she has also done lots of effort in protecting the environment. Yoko and her son, Sean Lennon, launched a coalition, called Artists Against Fracking, of over 180 artists and musicians who oppose the practice of fracking. The group believes fracking is a “direct public health threat to families and communities.” The group has sent letter to New York government condemning the removal of natural gas from shale deposits. Other notable members are Lady Gaga and Susan Sarandon.
Rachel Carson is considered the mother of modern environmentalism, in the U.S. She wrote the book Silent Spring, which attacked the use of DDT as a pesticide. She said the book destroyed animal populations and correlated the chemical with cancer. Although she sadly died 2 years after the book was published, her work was the forefront of banning DDT use in 1972.