In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, today’s Fire Drill Friday episode will be celebrating the voices of two young people who are leading the way to a sustainable and peaceful future. Jane Fonda is joined by actress and activist Bonnie Wright, and founder of Intersectional Environmentalist, Leah Thomas, to discuss the young climate movement, the connection between climate and racial justice, and what Earth Day means to their generation.
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About the Guests:
Bonnie Wright is an actress, filmmaker, and advocate for climate justice and the protection of our environment. She began her career playing Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films and now uses her platform to amplify the importance of environmental health. Since 2017, she has been an ambassador for Greenpeace, focusing on single-use plastic pollution in our oceans and the connection to the fossil fuel and petrochemical industry. Bonnie was born in London and now lives by the Pacific Ocean in California.
Leah Thomas is a celebrated environmentalist based in Santa Barbara, CA. Coining the term ‘eco-communicator’ to describe her style of environmental activism, Leah uses her passion for writing and creativity to explore and advocate for the critical yet often overlooked relationship between social justice and environmentalism. With this intersection in mind, Leah founded and launched Intersectional Environmentalist in 2020, a resource hub and platform that aims to advocate for environmental justice, provide educational resources surrounding intersectional environmentalism, and promote inclusivity and accessibility within environmental education and movements. Leah, who is also the founder of eco-lifestyle blog @greengirlleah, uses her multiple years of eco-focused educational and work experience to inform her ever-expanding list of projects, as well as her audience of more than 350k followers. A graduate of Chapman University with a B.S. in Environmental Science & Policy and a cluster in Comparative World Religions, Leah has interned twice with the National Park Service and has worked at leading green companies, including eco-friendly soap company Ecos and most recently, @Patagonia. Leah’s writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and Highsnobiety, and she has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, W Magazine, Domino, GOOP, and numerous podcasts.