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Women Leading the Charge
Inspiring Conservationists Making a Difference

Conservation is a critical issue that affects all of us, and women have been at the forefront of conservation efforts for decades. Women play a critical role in protecting the environment and wildlife and promoting sustainable practices.


Here are some amazing women who are making a difference in conservation:

Sylvia Earle – Dr. Sylvia Earle is a marine biologist and explorer who has been a champion of ocean conservation for over 60 years. She was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and has led over 100 expeditions worldwide. She founded the Sylvia Earle Alliance/Mission Blue to raise awareness about the importance of ocean conservation and protect marine areas known as “Hope Spots.”


Wangari Maathai – The late Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan environmental and political activist who founded the Green Belt Movement, an organization that promotes reforestation and empowers women by providing them with resources and education. She was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her work in promoting sustainable development and democracy.


Asha de Vos – Asha de Vos is a Sri Lankan marine biologist and conservationist who founded the Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project, which is dedicated to the study and conservation of blue whales in the Indian Ocean. She also founded Oceanswell, a non-profit organization that aims to create a society that is passionate about the ocean and its inhabitants. Asha is a TED Fellow and a National Geographic Explorer.

Dominique Bikaba – Dominique Bikaba is a Congolese conservationist who founded the Pole Pole Foundation, an organization that works to protect the endangered eastern lowland gorilla and its habitat in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The organization also empowers local communities to participate in conservation efforts and supports education programs for children.


Cristián Samper – Cristián Samper is a Colombian conservation biologist and former director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. He is the current CEO and president of the Wildlife Conservation Society, an organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and their habitats around the world. Under his leadership, the WCS has been at the forefront of conservation efforts, including the protection of elephants, tigers, and other endangered species.

These are just a few examples of the incredible women and men who are making a difference in conservation. Their work is critical for protecting our planet and ensuring a sustainable future. As an adventure wear brand that supports people in conservation, we are proud to celebrate and support these amazing individuals.



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Mission BlueMission Blue
About Us – Mission Blue
I wish you would use all means at your disposal—films, expeditions, the web, new submarines—to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas; Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet. Mission Blue inspires action to explore and protect the ocean. […]Read More…
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Wangari Maathai FoundationWangari Maathai Foundation
About the Wangari Maathai Foundation | Meet the Team | WMF
The Wangari Maathai Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the legacy of Wangari Mathaai. Wanjira Maathai Chairperson.
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