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Intersectional Environmentalism. Youth Climate Summit

Intersectional Environmentalism 

With Ecolola Sustainability 


Session for secondary schools


Intersectional Environmentalism; We will be exploring Intersectionality in the context of environmentalism; Intersectionality argues that there are multiple aspects to humanity including race, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, body type and many more, and these aspects don’t exist separately from each other. They are inextricably linked, meaning that individuals whose identities overlap with a number of these minority classes will face many more threats of discrimination in their life. Intersectionality is vital to environmental activism, because we must be aware of how environmental issues affect people across the world and across the identity spectrum if we want real, solid change.


 Intersectional Environmentalism:


“This is an inclusive version of environmentalism that advocates for both the protection of people and the planet. It identifies the ways in which injustices happening to marginalized communities and the earth are interconnected. It brings injustices done to the most vulnerable communities, and the earth, to the forefront and does not minimize or silence social inequality. Intersectional environmentalism advocates for justice for people + the planet.” – Leah Thomas


Lola Okunrinboye is a Chartered Environmentalist and sustainability professional. She is the founder of Ecolola Sustainability, an environmental and sustainability consultancy with experience across various industries and countries. She leads the Women in Sustainability network hub in Aberdeen.  She is a self-motivated leader, inspiring speaker and facilitator. She is a change maker, innovative thinker, goal-focused with proven achievements. Lola’s passion for engagement has encouraged her to leverage technology as a tool for connecting and building a strong network of women who develop each other, grow their network, nurture their purpose and inspire action. Lola is also an advocate for climate justice practices, that intertwine social and environmental sustainability through anti-racism frames to confront the root cause. She loves spending time with her young family.  


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11-16 years old

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