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5 Kickass Female Eco Warriors Who Are Fighting To Save The Planet

These women are amazing, yet most people don't know their names.

There’s nothing better than being inspired by your fellow woman to do something good in the world.

This is why we were so happy this International Women’s Day, when Greenpeace gave the spotlight to the amazing women, working every day to protect our planet.

What’s shocking however, is that while all the women on this list have made huge changes to world history and should be household names, most of us don’t know them at all.

From tackling poaching, to educating girls and protecting the environment from big business, these are some of the most inspiring people we’ve ever come across. Read on and learn their names….

La Donna Bravebull Allard

A historian, environmental activists and Standing Rock Sioux elder, Allard founded the first resistance camp of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

The Standing Rock tribe consider the pipeline a threat to the region’s clean water and to ancient burial grounds, believing that it must be stopped in the name of cultural and spiritual  preservation.

The first water protector camp was on Allard’s private property and out of this grew the global Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

By the end of last year, more than 10,000 indigenous people and environmental activists were camping in the area and protesting at the Standing Rock Camp.

Habiba Sarobi

The first Afghan woman to become a governor of any province in Afghanistan, Sarobi was elected in the Governor of Bamyan Province in 2005.

For the last decade, Sarobi has been pivotal in spreading women’s rights and environmental activism within the country. During the Taliban rule, she secretly educated young girls in both Afghanistan and in refugee camps in Pakistan.

Establishing the Band-e Amir National Park of Afghanistan in Bamiyan, the countries first ever National Park,  Sarobi is now listed in Time Magazine ‘Heroes For the Environment’.

Medha Patkar

Patkar was a central leader in protests against the construction of a series of dams in India, an initiative that would submerge more than 37,000 hectares of forest and agricultural land.

In 1985 Patkar led peaceful rallies against the project and was repeatedly beaten and arrested by the police. Between 1991 and 1994, she did three separate hunger strikes, one of which very nearly killed her.

The dam and its associated canal system would also displace some 320,000 villagers, mostly from tribal communities, whose livelihoods depend on these natural resources.

The work of Patkar and other forced a halt to major work on this project and has led the state government to establish an independent task force to review the dam.

The Black Mambas

The Black Mambas are an all female anti poaching group, working in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.

Founded by Transfrontier Africa in 2013, the group is formed of 26 women. In the last three years since their creation, the group has cut poaching by more than 75%, removed over 1,000 snares, put two bush meat kitchens out of action and had six poachers arrested.

Last year they won the Helping Rhinos ‘Innovation in Conservation’ Award.

Tina And The Lancashire Nans

In 2014, Tina Rothery held a three week community protection camp made of mothers and grandmothers in to oppose fracking plans by the Cuadrilla corporation and the dangers they held for their children.

The corporation took the ‘Nanas’ to court over the camp and Tina stepped forward as the organiser of the group.

Fined £55,000 by Cuadrilla, Tina says she has ‘drawn her line in the sand’ and refuses to pay.

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