Women and girl leaders around the world are guiding organizations that are reducing – and over time reversing – the carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming.
Leaders like Meagan Fallone, CEO of India’s Barefoot College International, which has trained women in 96 countries to build and install solar panels.
Leaders like Natalie Isaacs, Founder of 1 Million Women in Australia, who has inspired women all over the world to reduce their families’ carbon footprints.
Leaders like Dominique Browning, who founded Mom’s Clean Air Force, whose US-based organization educates parents to advocate for action against climate change in meetings with elected officials.
Leaders like Anna Bergstrom, Manager of ReTuna in Sweden, who put her museum experience to work to create a high-design shopping center offering merchandise that has been imaginatively restored and repurposed.
Women are especially effective leaders when it comes to combating global warming. Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, architects of the 2015 Paris Agreement, report that “Nations with greater female representation in positions of power have smaller climate footprints. Companies with women on their executive boards are more likely to invest in renewable energy and develop products that help solve the climate crisis. Women legislators vote for environmental protections almost twice as frequently as men, and women who lead investment firms are twice as likely to make investment decisions based on how companies treat their employees and the environment.”
For this book, Paola Gianturco and her 12-year-old granddaughter and co-author, Avery Sangster, interviewed and photographed heads of grassroots organizations, activists, politicians, corporate executives, scholars, and presidents of nonprofits in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Tanzania, Australia, Sri Lanka, India, Canada and Hong Kong. All of them are using intelligence, creativity, and courage.
COOL: Women Leaders Reversing Global Warming tells their important, inspiring stories in their own words and suggests action steps so you can join them on this existential journey.