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In celebration of the women who have devoted their lives to promoting global environmental health and policy and the United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place in Lima, Peru, in December, Kaplan University is spotlighting five inspirational women through the Environmental Women of the World series. The series will introduce you to five inspirational women who have changed the world with their pioneering research, unwavering commitment to their cause, and mentorship of the next generation of environmental leaders.
Narrated with an introductory video and blogby Lynn Wilson, academic chair at Kaplan University and Co-Chair of the United Nations Coalition on Health and the Environment: Climate Change Initiative, our video tributes and blog articles highlight the outstanding contributions these women have made. We hope it will inspire you to find ways to make a difference, no matter how big or small, in preserving the environmental health of the world we all share.
Not only has Mary Robinson had a transformative political career as the first female president of Ireland, but she has also dedicated her life to climate change education and advocacy. By tirelessly working with students, leaders, and communities around the world, Mary’s passion for environmental health is rivaled only by her passion for supporting vulnerable populations.
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Although disaster risk reduction is a fairly new area of environmental health, Margareta Wahlström is a woman who has dedicated 30 years of her life to humanitarian relief operations. She has also worked tirelessly to instill a sense of urgency among global leaders to be more proactive in disaster preparedness, response, and risk reduction, all of which have environmental health implications.
The legendary primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall is considered the world's leading expert on chimpanzees. Known for her 45-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees, Goodall has worked diligently on conservation and animal welfare issues throughout her career. She is not only a champion of animal rights, but a strong advocate for the advancement of women working in environmental health fields. Her efforts have been instrumental in encouraging women to go into science and build their involvement on an international level.
As the director general of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan is a powerful voice in highlighting the link between health and climate change, and a high-profile global health advocate. Margaret is a role model for us all through her commitment to change the mindset on global health for future generations and her ability to inspire action.
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Sylvia Earle is perhaps the best-known woman oceanographer in the world. The explorer, botanist, biologist, conservationist, dedicated advocate, author, and lecturer has made extraordinary contributions to environmental health throughout her four decade-long career. During the course of her work, she has maintained an unwavering commitment to informing and engaging youth in working towards environmental health and the future of the planet.
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