Climate for Health leaders are part of a broad environmental movement which has historically been comprised of, well, environmentalists. Now, environmental advocates are not only professionals focused on trees and rivers, but also on the impact that the environment has on human health. Through their varying professions and approaches, climate leaders underscore the notion that climate change impacts are diverse and widespread.
Heidi Cullen, chief scientist for Climate Central and highlighted in the article below, says she's motivated by an "urgent desire to communicate the message that action we take today in terms of curbing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change risks will make a difference to us now, and to future generations."
Climate for Health leaders are equally motivated to act, and are doing so from within their health institutions. We have leaders representing the American Psychological Association, the American Public Health Association, the Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment, large universities and hospitals, and many others. Read more about our leaders, find inspiration among them, and find out how you can become part of this evolving team.
By Kate Sheppard I May 8, 2015
Environmentalism has changed quite a bit in the last 10 years. From the emergence of climate change as the catalyzing issue of the 21st century to fights over the Keystone XL pipeline to the growing diversity of green groups, the environmental movement of today hardly looks like the one of yesterday.
Here are 10 leaders who are reshaping our ideas about what it means to fight for the environment today, and who are worth watching in the future:
May Boeve, executive director of 350.org
If you've heard about the Keystone XL pipeline, it's probably because of May Boeve and 350.org. The group started when Boeve and her co-founders were still undergraduates at Middlebury College in Vermont, and has matured into a formidable force in the environmental movement. They've led a worldwide day of action around climate change, jumpstarted the campus fossil fuel divestment movement and organized protests outside the White House to put pressure on the Obama administration to veto the Keystone XL pipeline.
Now 31, Boeve says she hopes that in 10 years, "We'll look back on 2015 as the time when the world turned away from fossil fuels and we began to measure the speed and acceleration of the transition to renewables."
Julian McQueen, director of education and outreach at Green for All
McQueen, 34, first became conscious of environmental issues as a child growing up in Humbolt County, where he saw others fighting to save old-growth forests. He says he "became aware of both what was at stake and how good, working-class folks from both sides of the issue were being pitted against each other by the media and big business." That awareness led him to his first job at Green for All, which seeks to unite communities around environmental issues across class and racial lines. He's been with the group since it launched in 2008.
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