Women who use their voices and influence to fight for change on a global or local scale. This could be individuals running small but highly effective campaigns through to women leading the UK’s biggest NGOs and charities.
Orsola de Castro – Founder and Creative Director at Fashion Revolution
Since launching Fashion Revolution five years ago, Orsola has become a leading voice in supply chain transparency for the fashion industry. She has inspired millions to ask retailers, “Who made my clothes?” and provide a voice to garment factory workers.
Leslie Johnston – Executive Director of C&A Foundation
Leslie is passionate about working toward a better world for the millions of people who work in the apparel supply chain. She actively is contributing to that vision by changing the textile sector from within.
Hannah Jones – Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice-President of the Innovation Accelerator of Nike
Hannah has been named one of the top professionals shaping the fashion industry. She’s actively changing the way companies view sustainability and social responsibility, from mandatory to an opportunity to innovate.
Freya Williams – CEO of Futerra North America
Since her Green Giants book was published, Freya has been the leading voice on sustainability and social purpose as the biggest entrepreneurial driver of the 21st century. Freya speaks her mind and draws on a vast array of case studies and direct experience of how brands can change the world
Emma Pinchbeck – CEO Executive Director at RenewableUK, former Head of Climate at WWF UK
Emma is an Executive and Board member, passionate about tackling climate change, the energy transition, and sustainability; interested in the impact of social and technological innovation on work; keen to support ideas for improving diversity in leadership; an energetic, engaging, communicator.
Tessa Khan – Co-founder of the Climate Litigation Network and Lawyer for non-profit foundation Urgenda
Tessa is a Human Rights Lawyer focused on climate change. She has supported grassroots, regional and international human rights movements; advised governments on their human rights obligations; and supported litigation in regional and national forums.
Ella Daish – Environmental Activist
Targeting a list of 14 major retailers and manufacturers, Daish has convinced Sainsbury’s and Aldi to stop putting plastic applicators in their own-brand tampons, saving over 16 tonnes of plastic each year.
Lucy Shea – Group CEO of Futerra
Not only is Lucy a pro at speaking on the power of business, behavior change and creativity to create positive change, but she has a particular expertise in doing so for the fashion industry. Her work in making sustainable lifestyles exciting and desirable has had major impact.
Jo Fairley – Co-founder of Green & Black’s
Jo Fairley is the UK’s youngest over magazine editor who co-founded Green and Black’s in the midst of a recession. In 2012 she launched Coco Life which will invest $400 million by 2022 to empower 200,000 cocoa farmers and reach one million community members in six key cocoa growing regions: Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Indonesia, the Dominican Republic, India and Brazil.
Zunaira Malik – Program Manager Action for Conservation
Zunaira Malik is a Programme Manager at Action for Conservation, a charity that engages and empowers young people to connect with and protect the natural world and become the next generation of environmental changemakers. She has attended civil society actions at COP21 and COP22 with Islamic Relief and has spoken about, and led workshops on, connecting cultural and faith-based values to environmental values in her community.
Alexandra Wanjiku Kelbert – MA in Development Studies and Activist
Alexandra is a lecturer, researcher and London-based activist with Black Lives Matter UK. She is interested in the politics of food, gender, social change, race and environmental justice. She is an independent researcher currently working on the ‘Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility’ Project, a collaborative project between the Institute of Development Studies and Oxfam. Alexandra also previously worked on the ‘A Feminist Political Economy Analysis of Public Policies Related to Care: A Thematic Review’.
Suzanne Dhaliwal – Founder and director of #NoTarSands
Suzanne is an activist and campaigner, working on climate justice, indigenous rights and mining issues listed as one of the most popular voices on the Environment in 2018 by the Evening Standard. Dhaliwal has worked for Indigenous rights for over a decade, beginning with Doctors Against Borders, moving on to Survival International and later joining and organising more grassroots campaigns.
Anna Taylor – Youth Activist and Founder of UK Student Climate Network
19-year-old climate justice activist who has been leading the youth climate strike in the UK Climate activist and a mental health advocate. The co-founder of the UK Student Climate Network has led campaigns to demand more comprehensive education about the climate crisis be provided to students, and has joined the People’s Vote campaign against the “catastrophic impacts of Brexit on the environment”
Farhana Yamin – Lawyer, Activist and Founder of Track 0
A British lawyer and climate activist. Farhana has advised leaders and countries for 20 years. In addition to founding Track 0 she is an associate fellow at Chatham House, a visiting professor at University College London and a member of the Global Agenda Council on Climate Change at the World Economic Forum.
Emma Slade Edmondson – Founder of Charity Fashion Live and Owner of ESE Consultancy
Sustainable fashion advocate, creative marketing and retail Consultant, founded @charityfashionlive, Co-produced @lovenotlandfill, queen bee of second hand style. Emma is renowned for her transformational approach to retail marketing and behaviour change and has worked with some of the UK’s biggest brands, charities and social enterprises such as Cancer Research UK, Shelter, Westfield, Universal and Mayamiko. Her projects are regularly featured in both UK and international press, including publications such as Guardian, Huffington Post, Vogue, Grazia, Telegraph and many more…
Anita Okunde – HART Ambassador and Youth Strike Volunteer
Okunde is active in the UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) – the grassroots youth climate strikes organisers in the UK. She is currently working with youth climate strikers Manchester and Fridays for Future to support digital climate actions during the global pandemic
Aoife Mercedes Rodriguez-Uruchurtu – Activist with UKSCN
Aoife Rodriguez-Uruchurtu is a climate activist with the UKSCN based in Manchester, and is also involved in the COP26 Coalition. She says, “My activist journey began in the spring of 2019, when I started striking for climate in front of the Scottish Parliament.” Focuses on intersectional feminism and climate change.
Dominique Palmer – Climate Justice Activist, Speaker and Writer
Palmer is an activist fighting for climate justice which is intersectional with social issues. She is part of the UKSCN, Fridays for Future International and Extinction Rebellion (XR) Youth. She is a public speaker who has spoken at events such as COP25 on environmental justice.
Kareena Birla – Climate Strike Activist
Birla has organised with Climate Strike Leicester, where she acted as a spokesperson. “The 100 companies causing this terrible climate disaster know us consumers, especially ones like myself from a low-income background, cannot afford an alternative, there isn’t even one. There will never be ethical consumption underneath capitalism when people and nature are disregarded.” she said in a speech in October 2019.
Ahlyah Ali – Muslim| Climate justice/systems change @UKYCC
Ahlyah Ali urges climate campaigners and peace campaigners to recognise their shared concerns – and to work more together. Believes that there is no peace without justice, a truth anyone committed to working for peace will know. And one of the greatest threats to global peace and security, as recognised by the UN, is climate breakdown.
Elizabeth Farrell – Activist known as Glacier Girl
Activism isn’t easy, but a sense of style softens the punch. Elizabeth Farrell, a 22-year- old Londoner, is anointed heir to Vivienne Westwood’s eco-punk throne, having collaborated with the fashion maven on her #savethearctic campaign. Inspired by the visual nous of third-wave feminism but deeply invested in reversing climate change, Glacier Girl has found a cult following among her peers on social media, raising awareness of a subject she felt was glossed over in school
Alannah Weston – Deputy chairman of Selfridges
Rid the iconic Oxford Street department store of microbeads in beauty products, plastic straws and single-use carbonated drinks last year. She launched Project Ocean in 2011, joining forces with ethics-conscious fashion designers like Katharine Hamnett and 20 environmental groups in pushing the boundaries of the shopping experience to include “retail activism” such as marine conservation education. The first series of forums, all held at Selfridges, turned into a long-term partnerships. Alannah is chair of the Selfridges Group Foundation, and a trustee of the Blue Marine Foundation, a small NGO that champions ocean conservation.
Ella and Caitlin McEwan – Environmental Activists
Ella and Caitlin McEwan from Southampton are two sisters who made a petition asking fast food restaurants to stop putting plastic toys in kids’ meals. Ella and Caitlin gathered more than 400,000 signatures. Since then McDonalds said its customers would be able to choose between a toy and a fruit and Burger King said it will remove the plastic toys altogether.
Noga Levy-Rapoport – Teenage climate change activist
Noga Levy-Rapoport is an Israeli-born British climate activist, speaker, and volunteer within English climate strikes at the UK Student Climate Network. Noga led the London climate strike march on 15 February and is a core organiser at UK Student Climate Network. As part of the UK Climate Network campaign Noga leads, she is trying to get schools to adopt an approach called Teach the Future. It’s a call for an environmental overhaul of education, which has just had its parliamentary launch. Campaigners hope green education will be better implemented into the curriculum and that kids can be taught more about their local communities.
Sian Sutherland – Co-founder of A Plastic Planet
Sutherland co-founded this organisation with the single aim to “ignite and inspire the world to turn off the plastic tap”. Sian works with global brands, retailers, and packaging suppliers to reduce the amount of indestructible plastic used by supermarkets. She is currently supporting the supermarket Iceland on their commitment to eliminating plastic packaging for all their own-brand products by 2023. Recently she worked with Budgens in Belsize Park on a trial which introduced 1,700 plastic free products.
Amy and Ella Meek – Youth Eco Warriors, Founders of Kids Against Plastic
16 and 14-year-old Amy and Ella have picked up over 60,000 pieces of single-use plastic litter (and developed an app to log it!), done their own TEDx talk and gathered a team of incredible kids around the UK who are tackling plastic pollution. They’ve launched many more campaigns within Kids Against Plastic, as part of which they’ve made over 50 cafes, schools, businesses, festivals and even councils Plastic Clever.
Solitaire Townsend – Co-founder and Chief Optimist, Futerra
Solitaire is author of this list, and over 20 years of being a change-maker, she has met more amazing women in sustainability than she could ever list! She is co-founder of the global change agency Futerra, author of The Happy Hero and originator of the United Nations Good Life Goals.
Amika George – Student Campaigner and Founder of freeperiods.org
Amika George is an 20-year-old student from North London. She started the #FreePeriods campaign, which calls on the government to give free menstrual products to children from low-income families to end poverty in the UK. Amid going to school and sitting her A-Levels, she gathered thousands of signatures for an online petition about the issue and staged a 2,000-strong peaceful protest outside Downing Street demanding that then Prime Minister Theresa May “provide free menstruation products for all girls already on free school meals”. It wasn’t until she raised enough funds for legal action that the government took note.
Lucy Findlay – Director Social Enterprise Mark
Lucy is the director of Social Enterprise Mark CIC, the only internationally available accreditation scheme for social enterprises to prove that they put the interests of people and planet before shareholder gain. She is an advocate for equality and social justice working with Gender Equality Collective and has been granted a number of awards such as; – MBE for services to Social Enterprise in 2019, Shortlisted for World’s Most Innovative Woman 2020 (Supporting Female Entrepreneurship, Athena40), Influential Woman of the Year 2019 (VenusSW), Director of the Year ( Highly Commended, IoD SW 2019).