Women We Love: 11 Environmental Heroines (Slideshow)

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When we talk about environmentalist heroes, does the image of noble environmentalists like John Muir may come to mind? Probably. But what about the inspiring faces of environmentalist heroines past and present, who’ve worked hard to transform our collective ecological consciousness? In appreciation of Mother’s Day, we drew up a list of women who have made an enormous difference with their work as activists, community builders, sustainers, nurturers, artists, politicians, scientists and teachers alike.

While some may remain unnamed and relatively unsung, women are nevertheless an integral part of environmentalist history. Without their tireless efforts, the green movement would not be the same.