Uplifting Climate Change Activists

By Aronya Waller

January 31st, 2023

Climate change is a talking point that has been discussed for decades. It is now at the forefront of global problems such as large-scale fires, floods, deadly hurricanes, significant financial losses, and even a change in the topography of our planet. It has been well-reported that climate change has a significant and disproportionate impact on BIPOC communities, such as natural disasters, lack of access to clean water and air, environmentally-based illnesses, and food justice. This is known as environmental racism, and we must be proactive simultaneously in our fight against climate change and for racial equity. The focus of climate change activists varies from zero-waste, slow fashion, and diversity and representation outdoors. As you continue the Veggie Mijas Veganuary Challenges, follow these activists for tips to protect our planet by living a more sustainable lifestyle.

Jessica Zubia Calsada


Vegan chef focusing on environmental justice, food sovereignty, racial equity, and disability justice.

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Kristy Drutman 


Environmental educator highlighting sustainable living, biodiversity, and proactive solutions for our climate crisis.

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Sophia Li


Climate optimist who discusses climate change, social justice, and racism.

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Rue Mapp


Founder of Outdoor Afro, an organization that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature.

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Corina Newsome


Wildlife conservationist fighting environmental racism and promoting birding.

Autumn Peltier


An Indigenous rights activist advocating for clean, accessible, drinking water in Indigenous communities.

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Karen Ramos


Founder of Get Out Stay Out/Vamos Afuera, an Indigenous youth-led nonprofit reconnecting to the outdoors and increasing diversity and representation for people of color within the outdoor industry.

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Leah Thomas


Founder of Intersectional Environmentalist and a social justice advocate.

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Tori Tsui


Intersectional climate activist focusing on feminism, racial justice, queer rights, and mental health.

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Nataly Velasquez


Sustainability expert for low-waste plant-based lifestyles and mental wellness.

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Cindy Villaseñor


Cero-waste/zero-waste educator advocating sustainable lifestyles and gardening.

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