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Lochaber teenage climate activist and rewilding campaigner Holly Gillibrand has been named on this year’s prestigious Woman’s Hour Power List, which celebrates the significant positive contributions women are making to the environment and the sustainability of our planet.
The list was revealed live by Jane Garvey on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on Monday, with Green MP Caroline Lucas topping the list in the number one spot.
Holly, from Kinlocheil, came in at No 19, ahead of such illustrious names as television wildlife presenter Kate Humble and Rebecca Willis, Expert Lead to Climate Assembly UK.
As well as Ms Lucas, the top five women on list were environmental lawyer Farhana
Yamin, clean air campaigner Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, young birder and environmentalist Mya-Rose Craig, otherwise known as Birdgirl, and Sophie Howe, the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales.
This year’s panel was led by head judge, journalist Lucy Siegle. She was joined by horticulturalist and presenter Flo Headlam; Alice Larkin, Professor of Climate Science and Energy Policy at the University of Manchester; Zunaira Malik, who works for the UK environmental education charity Action for Conservation and chairperson of the Environment Agency Emma Howard Boyd.
Karen Dalziel, editor of Woman’s Hour, said: ‘These 30 remarkable women from around the UK have made protecting our planet their personal priority. They’re the decision makers, innovators, communicators, campaigners and volunteers who’ve made a conscious choice to care for our environment and find more sustainable ways to live.
‘However, it’s not just the work they’re doing that sets them apart, it’s the scale of their passion, dedication and determination to bring about lasting charge that is so inspiring. We’re delighted to be celebrating them in this year’s Power List.’
Giving her reaction to being named on the prestigious list, Ms Gillibrand, who has been writing a regular column on climate and other environmental issues for the Lochaber Times for several years, said: ‘It is mind-blowing to have been included on this list alongside so many passionate and inspiring women. Congratulations to all those on the list – you deserve it.’
Ms Gillibrand will be interviewed on today’s (Thursday) edition of Woman’s Hour.
The full list as revealed on Monday’s programme is:
1. Caroline Lucas (Member of Parliament)
2. Farhana Yamin (Environmental Lawyer)
3. Rosamund Kissi-Debrah (Clean Air Campaigner)
4. Mya-Rose Craig (Birder and Environmentalist)
5. Sophie Howe (Future Generations Commissioner for Wales)
6. Ella Daish (Plastic-free Period Campaigner)
7. Joanna Haigh (Physicist and Climate Change Researcher)
8. Rebecca Speight (CEO of the RSPB)
9. Minette Batters (President of the National Farmers Union)
10. Carolyn Cobbold (Co-founder of the Manhood Peninsula Partnership)
11. Gail Bradbrook (Co-founder of Extinction Rebellion)
12. Judy Ling Wong (Honorary President, Black Environment Network)
13. Franny Armstrong (Film Director)
14. Brenda Boardman (Domestic Energy Efficiency Researcher)
15. Diane Gilpin (CEO of Smart Green Shipping)
16. Caroline Mason (CEO of Esmee Fairbairn Foundation)
17. Miranda Lowe (Curator at Natural History Museum)
18. Zarina Ahmad (Climate Change Trainer at CEMVO Scotland )
19. Holly Gillibrand (Youth Climate Activist)
20. Amanda Absalom-Lowe (Pembrokeshire Care, Share and Give)
21. Catherine Howarth (CEO of ShareAction)
22. Rebecca Willis (Expert Lead to Climate Assembly UK )
23. Kate Humble (Wildlife TV Presenter)
24. Fiona Harvey (Environmental Journalist)
25. Judith Webb (Volunteer Ecologist and Conservationist)
26. Yvonne Witter (Chair of the Peak District Mosaic Club)
27. Mikaela Loach (Climate Justice Influencer and Podcaster)
28. Safia Minney (Founder of People Tree)
29. Mandi Roberts (Hedgehog Rescue Volunteer)
30. Christine Grosart (Ghost Fishing UK)