5 Badass Women Saving The Planet

In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to highlight some amazing women around the globe who are hustling to save the planet. Whether it be working with animals, protecting natural resources or stamping for a cause, we’re in awe of these badass ladies and their love for Mother Earth.

Black Mambas

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit is the first majority female anti-poaching unit in South Africa. Not only are these ladies boots to the ground working to protect rhinos from poaching, they are a staple in their community, raising awareness and providing environmental educational programs. 

Dr. Achala Abeysinghe

She is currently legal and technical adviser to the chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group for the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). After completing her law degree, she went on to obtain her Ph.D. in international environmental law on climate change, where she champions for equity and fairness issues in climate change, the national legislative and policy frameworks on climate change and climate change adaptation, and financial mechanisms under the UNFCCC regime. She also heads up workshops and training for the European Capacity Building Initiative program for vulnerable developing countries. It’s safe to say, she’s a smart cookie.

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Kalee Kreider

As a climate consultant and climate change adviser to the United Nations, Kalee Kreider has traveled the world in support of her cause. Kalee works at the intersection of technology, politics, policy and communications with a special devotion to work in the areas of climate change and energy in the U.S. and around the world. She’s also a vocal advocate for more women in leadership positions and a former environmental adviser for former Vice President Al Gore.  

Hakima El Haité

This amazing woman is a high-level Moroccan official; a doctor of science; a leader in the Arab world; and, now, chief overseer of global climate talks. She also currently serves as the vice president of the Moroccan Association of Women Entrepreneurs and the International Network of Liberal Women. We’re in awe of her progressiveness and intellect!

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Elizabeth Yeampierre

Elizabeth Yeampierre is an internationally recognized Puerto Rican attorney and environmental and climate justice leader of African and indigenous ancestry born and raised in New York City. A national leader in climate justice movement, Elizabeth is the co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance. She is the executive director of UPROSE, Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community-based organization.

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram