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    Women Who Are Making a Powerful Environmental Impact

    by Meaghan Weeden March 12, 2024 3 min read

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    Every year on March 8th, the world observes International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This day is important, because although roughly half of the global population is female, gender disparity still limits the potential of billions of women. 

    Besides being the right thing to do, closing the gender gap is a powerful tool in addressing many of the social, environmental, and economic challenges we face today. We are proud to shine a spotlight on a few special women who are making a powerful impact in the reforestation space. Although these women have different perspectives and experiences, they share a determination to make the world a better place. 

    When equipped with the tools and opportunities to grow into their full potential, women can move mountains. 

    Women Who Are Making a Powerful Impact For Nature

    Women in Urban Forestry

    Natalie serves as the Program & Marketing Director at OKC Beautiful, a non-profit in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma that provides education, assistance, and resources for sustainable living. Through their programs, OKC Beautiful is working to beautify their city by planting trees, preventing and abating litter, educating youth about environmental stewardship, and more! Read our full interview with Natalie to learn more about how growing up on rural farmland in Oklahoma eventually led her to planting urban trees in Oklahoma City. 

    Women in Forestry

    We recently led a conversation between four women who are working in the reforestation and forestry space: Wendy Baxter, Program Director at Ancient Forest Society, Teresa Muthoni, Project Manager (Africa) at One Tree Planted, Stephanie Sinclair, former professional tree planter and Video Production Manager at One Tree Planted, and Peace Grace Muhizi, Regional Director of Projects (Africa) at One Tree Planted. Watch the conversation to get their unique perspectives — and insight into what it's like working in a traditionally male-dominated space!

    Women in Business

    Amber is a Life and Business Coach based in Los Angeles, California. She has been supporting One Tree Planted since 2019 and is passionate about equality and restoration. Amber has a thriving coaching practice, where she serves a wide range of individuals, including actors, producers, parents, small business owners, coaches, and corporate and creative executives. She also creates and facilitates coaching groups that help people discover, live, and trust their Truth. Read our full interview with Amber to learn more about why she supports reforestation — and get her perspective on the role of gender equality in climate action.

    Women-Led Organization

    At One Tree Planted, we're proud of our work with Kula Project, a trailblazing organization that goes beyond reforestation. Kula runs a transformative 15-month business fellowship, empowering individuals with industry training, business investment, and essential life and leadership skills.⁠ What sets them apart? They're champions of women's empowerment and gender equality! By providing equal opportunities, Kula empowers their fellows to build profitable businesses, raise healthy families, and send their children to school. Watch the full interview with Kula Project’s Director of Impact, Lindsay, to learn more about Kula’s Fellowship program and partnership with One Tree Planted.

    Women in Philanthropy

    Gloriana is a committed architect and conservation activist, born and raised in Costa Rica. True to her core of deep ecology and social wellness activism, Gloriana is a passionate advisor to non-profits in Costa Rica and the United States, including the G.Frederick Gund Foundation, Electric Planet and OSA Conservation. Being a connector between cultures, she brings empathetic vision to endeavors that range from construction, planning, investment, and architectural design to local business administration and management of local resources, amongst others. Read our full interview with Gloriana to learn more about her journey, and how she views the role of women in philanthropy as it relates to taking care of our planet.

    Women on the One Tree Planted Team

    We are proud that 71% of our team are strong women who are passionate about making an impact through their work. From managing our reforestation projects to building relationships with our donors and connecting with our audience, the women on our team are driving the cause of global reforestation forward. Read the full post to meet some of the women who work behind the scenes to get your trees in the ground!

    We hope you enjoyed learning about these special women who are making a difference in the reforestation space.

    In celebration of International Women’s Day, One Tree Planted has established the Women’s Empowerment Fund. With an ambitious goal of raising $500,000 during the month of March, the fund will support reforestation projects that have a focus on empowering women.  

    Beyond simply planting trees, these reforestation initiatives benefit women and their families, mitigate climate change, and improve biodiversity. Join us in seeding the Women’s Empowerment Fund to improve the lives of women, their children, the natural world around them, and the planet as a whole.

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    Meaghan Weeden
    Meaghan Weeden

    Meaghan works to share our story far and wide, manages our blog calendar, coordinates with the team on projects + campaigns, and ensures our brand voice is reflected across channels. With a background in communications and an education in environmental conservation, she is passionate about leveraging her creativity to help the environment!