We celebrate Women in Conservation
TO MARK INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, WE CELEBRATE SOME OF THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN WHO'VE CHAMPIONED NATURE OVER THE YEARS.
The world celebrates International Women's Day on 8 March – a day to mark women's achievements.
International Women's Day is also an opportunity to fight globally for gender equality.
We're celebrate the day by showcasing the accomplishments of some of the world's most amazing female environmental activists.
Jane Goodall: Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her over 55-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees since she first went to Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania in 1960. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots programme, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. She has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since its founding in 1996. In April 2002, she was named a UN Messenger of Peace.
Berta Cáceres rallied her fellow indigenous Lenca people of Honduras and waged a campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam.
She was murdered in her home on 3 March 2016. As an indigenous, environmental and human rights activist she knew well the risks she faced and said publicly that she knew she was top of the army's list of wanted human rights fighters. But, she added, it would never put her off fighting for "our territory".
Minerva Hamilton Hoyt: The wonders of Joshua Tree National Park draw in millions of visitors every year. But without the efforts of Minerva Hamilton Hoyt, the park — and more importantly, the diversity of cacti species within it such as the odd and endearing Joshua tree — might not exist today.
Hoyt recognized the need to protect and preserve these desert environments, and her work included exhibitions of desert plants, founding the International Deserts Conservation League, and serving on a California state commission where she recommend proposals for new state parks including Death Valley, the Anza-Borrego Desert, and Joshua Tree. Her tireless campaigning on behalf of stoic and fragile desert landscapes led to President Roosevelt’s administration to designate more than 800,000 acres in the area as the Joshua Tree National Monument in 1936.
Celia Hunter: fought alongside Mardy and Olaus Murie to safeguard the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and became the first female president of a national conservation organization--The Wilderness Society. She played a major role in the passage of legislation that protected over 100 million acres in Alaska. On her dying day she wrote a letter to Congress urging the protection of the Arctic Refuge from oil drilling.
Conservation would benefit if more women were actively involved. That is the message from TBA Director Dr. Rosie Trevelyan