If you're concerned about the future of the planet, you're not alone. There are many people currently working to make sure that we don't completely wreck the earth, and there are a lot of shining lights among them who just happen to be women. From grass roots activists starting eco-campaigns across the world to young inventors producing ideas that will save energy and make the world a cleaner, less polluted place, girls and women are at the forefront of the environmental movement right now. These eight female environmentalists are some of the many names that you should know — because they're changing the world.
Many of the biggest names in the history of the modern environmental movement have been women too, from author Rachel Carson, who authored the classic eco-text Silent Spring, to Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on forestry in Kenya. The relationship between women's empowerment and environmental causes is a mutually sustainable and supportive one; eco-feminism, a theory that tracks how empowering women and saving the planet are often one and the same, is now pretty fundamental to today's ecological thinking. And all the women on this list are going to keep shaping how we save our planet.