Here in Canada, and all over the world, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) are advocating for environmental justice as activists, journalists and creators. Listening to their voices is essential to understanding the experiences and perspectives that can help us build a more sustainable and equitable world. While there are hundreds of amazing BIPOC environmentalists to follow, here are five inspiring individuals to start with today.
1. Terri Hansen
West-coast based journalist Terri has been covering environmental issues facing Indigenous peoples worldwide for more than 25 years. For example, she recently covered how melting Arctic permafrost is impacting Inuit communities in Canada. She is an active member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and a correspondent for YES! Magazine and Indian Country Today.
2. Tyler Chanel
Tyler is an ethical blogger and model who runs Thrifts and Tangles. Thrifts and Tangles is an eco-blog that inspires the audience to shop secondhand and embrace their natural selves. It’s full of helpful resources, including a free thrift tips guide, an ethical brand directory, and more.
3. Danika Littlechild
Danika is an Alberta-based lawyer from the Ermineskin Cree Nation whose practice focuses on Indigenous legal systems and environmental law. She is also Vice President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
You can follow Danika on Twitter and learn more through her recent interview with the Journal of International Affairs.
4. Leah Thomas
Leah is an advocate for intersectional environmentalism through her Instagram account @greengirlleah and new website, Intersectional Environmentalist. We love how Intersectional Environmentalist highlights different communities and provides resources specific to each one. Additionally, she’s hoping to partner with businesses to encourage them to adopt inclusive practices.
5. Akua Y. Opoku
Akua is a Black low-waste influencer who founded Fullbyles (pronounced Full-by-less), a blog about all things sustainable. We love her posts about how to be eco-friendly while quarantining at home and how to support small sustainable businesses.
Let’s continue to amplify and center these voices as we work towards a more sustainable world.