#10 William McDonough
William McDonough focuses on environmental issues from the global level to the molecular level. He is an American author, environmentalist and thought leader. William’s approach to sustainability and creating beneficial footprints are practical and doable by the general public. His ideas towards improvement in design systems, products, and communities have turned William into a world renown leader in sustainable development.
#9 Peggy Shepard
Peggy Shepard is an internationally recognized environmental activist. She is the co-founder of WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Peggy has run many campaigns towards environmental protection and environmental health policy both locally and nationally. Her work has received public appreciation from all around the world.
#8 Dr. Sylvia Earle
Dr. Sylvia Earle is a legendary oceanographer and environmentalist, best known for her work regarding the protection of marine life. She runs a global coalition called “Mission Blue.” It was created to spread awareness about protecting our ocean and Hope Spots. Using different platforms like social media, traditional media, and Google Earth, Mission Blue is working to protect our oceans and their ecosystems.
#7 Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood is a novelist, literary critic, and environmental activist. Her writing towards environmental issues has changed the world forever. Her world famous poem on climate change has engaged the world to take action in improving the environment by changing ourselves and as a result, the world will change for the better around us.
#6 David Suzuki
David Suzuki is the co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, which focuses on finding solutions for society to live in harmony with nature. He is a Canadian science broadcaster and environmentalist. His television show, “The Nature of Things” has become world renown. His mission is to reverse the effects of climate change and protect the global environment.
#5 Al Gore
Al Gore is the co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He spends most of his time working for a non-profit project dedicated to solving the climate crisis, The Climate Reality Project. Al Gore has become one of the earliest and most globally recognized thought leaders in environmentalism.
#4 Erin Brockovich
Erin is an environmental activist and the president of Brockovich Research and Consulting. Erin’s mission is towards helping people who have suffered in any way due to environmental contamination or pharmaceuticals. Her work has saved the lives of thousands across the world.
#3 Marina Silva
Marina Silva earns her respect both locally and internationally for the work she has done towards environmental protection and sustainable development. She is a Brazilian politician and environmental activist who is famous for her stand against deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest. She received many appreciations and awards in response to her exceptional efforts towards the protection of the environment.
#2 Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo calls himself an “Accidental Environmentalist.” He is an actor and water quality advocate. When he is not playing his roles in movies, he focuses his energies towards the environment. He founded the New York based organization “Water Defense” which is responsible for banning hydraulic fracturing. He has held campaigns and given talks on the global environmental crisis which as a result has forced thousands of people into saving to protecting the environment.
#1 Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio is an American actor, producer, and environmental activist. He founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation which is dedicated to the long term health and well being of all Earth’s inhabitants. He has run various awareness campaigns on social media towards climate change. He is also working in collaboration with many big organizations dedicated to environmental protection such as WWF, NRDC and Global Green USA to name a few.