February 11 marks the United Nations’ 5th annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science . While Greta Thunberg has undeniably changed the face of climate activism , dozens of other women have made valuable progress in both climate science and policy. For this year’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we’re highlighting 12 women and girls of color from all over the world — whether it’s through research or activism, these women have dedicated their lives and careers to fighting climate change. 1. Inez Fung Inez Fung was born in Hong Kong and received her Ph.D. in meteorology from MIT in 1977. Since then, she has worked as a professor of atmospheric science at the University of California-Berkeley and co-authored some of the most influential climate reports in the field, mostly notably the Third and Fourth Assessment reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 2. Rhiana Gunn-Wright Raised on the South Side of Chicago , where air pollution causes exceptionally high rates of asthma, Rhiana Gunn-Wright always saw the connection between social justice and environmental policy. After attending Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, she joined the think tank New Consensus, where she […]


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