Now, we couldn’t let International Women’s Day pass without highlighting the greats.
Because here at Earthworm, we want to champion those that are paving the path for the future of sustainable, ethical projects around the world. So, we’ve highlighted three incredible ladies whose work, commitment and passion are making a huge difference on a global scale.
Dame Ellen Patricia MacArthur
From breaking world records as a successful long-distance yachtswoman, to launching herown foundation, Dame Ellen MacArthur continues to navigate the stormy waters of environmental issues.
Ellen’s charity, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, was created in 2010 to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Aiming to inspire a generation to re-think, re-design and build a positive future through the framework of a circular economy, the charity works closely with businesses, government and academia to promote the circular economy, and ensure it’s on their agenda.
Since its launch over nine years ago, the foundation has attracted global supporters including Core Philanthropic Partners, People’s Postcode Lottery and MAVA, to name a few. Tackling a total of six areas ranging from learning and business, to insight and analysis, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation continues to take effect through actions such as signing a new agreement with UN Environment, tackling ocean plastic pollution and launching a new Global Commitment in Bali.
Since Rose Marcario, CEO at Patagonia, joined the outdoor apparel company over ten years ago, she’s made huge strides for the business’ stance on climate change – and we don’t just mean in their ski gear. Rose carefully evaluated Patagonia’s production processes, before revising them to be more environmentally-friendly. By eliminating waste and excess packaging materials, Rose was able to re-position Patagonia as a politically-active, forward-thinking company, that offers more than just great clothing.
But her hard work and contributions didn’t end there. Rose continues to position Patagonia as a global thought leader through actions such as suing President Trump in 2017 over the reduction of two national parks, regularly speaking out about Patagonia’s stance of public lands – she even closed Patagonia on Election Day in 2016 to encourage the importance of voting.
Last but certainly not least, Katrina Judge shows us that you don’t need to be an award-winning yachtswoman or a powerful CEO to make a difference.
Inspired by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg’s speech at the World Economic Forum, and countless sleepless nights worrying about the current state of our earth, Katrina launched Young Climate Warriors. Acting as a bridge between the mainstream media and children, the organisation encourages younger generations to take action themselves from the comfort of their own home. Whether it is promoting weekly challenges such as avoiding use of the tumble dryer or offering information to parents and schools, Young Climate Warriors harnesses the power of collective actions in a way that enables children of all ages and their families to feel empowered to take action towards combating climate change.
Alongside running the initiative, Katrina is also a mother of four, has an MSc in Climate Change and a wealth of experience working in a carbon-offsetting business, with no signs of stopping any time soon.
These three incredible women are just a few in a long list that continues to grow. Together with their actions and powerful influence, we at Earthworm hope to tackle climate change, raise awareness of environmental issues and create a more sustainable planet for generations to come.