On September 20th, 2019, more than 4 million people, who were mostly young adults, took part in a Global Climate Strike to protest our political leaders’ failure to take action against climate change. This call to protest was inspired by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish activist, and her Fridays For Future movement. Though Greta is currently the most renowned climate activist, the Global Climate Strike was also led by many other young women, such as Isra Hirsi, Alexandria Villasenor, Hilda Flavia Nakabuye, Leah Namugerwa, Freya Brown, Adriana Salazar, and Jamie Margolin. This overwhelming leadership by young women in the global climate crisis is a true testament to our ability to inspire change and protect our planet.
Belles, too, have been doing their part to protect our planet, especially through their everyday actions. For example, many Belles use reusable water bottles and to-go cups rather than single-use plastic water bottles. Though this may appear trivial, Americans still purchase 50 billion single-use plastic water bottles per year, only 23% of which are recycled. Featured here are Belles Audrey Magsig, Kelsey Warren, and Greta Bishop with their reusable water bottles and to-go cups!
Another everyday action Belles take to protect our planet is the use of glass to-go containers and reusable utensils to eliminate the plastic and packaging wastes associated with food consumption. Featured here is Maria Zarifis, one of our philanthropy directors, with her glass to-go container and bamboo utensils!
Our PR office is also working to give Belles sustainable products and options, such as these adorable bamboo utensil kits, which will reduce the need for single-use plastic utensils.
Another everyday action Belles take to protect our planet is the purchasing of sustainable products. Featured here is AJ Maloney, our PR director, with her sustainable tree-free tissues!
Just as with the women Global Climate Strike leaders, these wonderful Belles and many others demonstrate the power of women to make a difference in our current climate and environmental crisis. For more information on how Belles are doing their part to protect our planet, visit our series Belles for the Environment on Instagram @bruinbelles. Stay tuned for even more Belle environmentalism during Earth Month in April.
By Molly Schaner, Public Relations Distinguished Belle