Natalie Isaacs, 1 Million Women

Natalie Isaacs

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Key Takeaways: 

1 Million Women started 10 years ago with a small thing – an electricity bill – and that triggered a journey that has gathered over 940,000 women and is changing lives and the planet. Never underestimate the importance of small step

Women are change-makers. They’re more engaged on climate change; they’re the most vulnerable to climate change; they have incredible economic power – make in 85% of household decisions that affect the carbon footprint

This crisis is the wake-up call. We’re focused on the pandemic right now as we should be, but the climate crisis sits there, ever present. And we need to emerge from this more determined than ever before. We need to be stubborn, we need to be loud, we need to use our influence, we need to use every single piece of us to fight before a new way. 

It’s so important for your wellbeing that you’re doing something empowering. Join an organisation, download the 1 Million Women app, try reducing your food waste by 50%, try reducing your energy consumption by 20%, look at your bank and your investments and switch to one that’s aligned to your values

For the love of earth – that deep, palpable love we have for our family – underpins everything we do and is where we have to find ourselves. How incredible would it be if we emerge from this and the love of earth and the love of community becomes more important than the stuff we buy.

The Gift:

Download the 1Million Women app and discover tools to cut carbon pollution in the key areas of your everyday life focusing on home energy savings and clean energy options, minimising food waste, reducing overconsumption, investing and divesting (your money) wisely, sustainable fashion, low-impact travel and much more:


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Natalie Isaacs is the founder and CEO of 1 Million Women, a global movement of women and girls who take practical action to fight dangerous climate change by changing the way they live. Since launching 1 Million Women in 2009, Natalie has dedicated herself to empowering women to act on climate change through the way they live. Under her leadership, 1 Million Women has grown from scratch into a movement of over 950,000.

Natalie is a pioneer in the gender and climate change arena in Australia. A sought-after presenter because of her powerful story for behaviour change.

Through her mission, Natalie has empowered tens of thousands of schoolgirls and hundreds of thousands of women to change the way they live. A former cosmetic manufacturer, her own climate change journey from apathy to action cuts through the complexity of this vital 21s​ t century challenge, and delivers a simple message that resonates with women and girls of all ages. Natalie’s philosophy for 1 Million Women is that real behaviour change begins with personal action; and that women and girls living privileged lives in wealthy nations like Australia can be powerful leaders of change by acting to cut waste and pollution in their own daily lives.

With 17% of global emissions coming from our households, 1 Million Women has become a valuable source of aggregated data, capturing key insights on behaviour change to share with government agencies, behavioural change specialists and policy makers.

The 1 Million Women blog is annually read by over 4 million people from 200 countries in 2019.

In 2013, the United Nations awarded 1 Million Women as one of six women-led grassroots climate action programs – selected from hundreds around the world – to be highlighted as ‘lighthouse activities’ for the planet. In 2017, Natalie was named the Australian Geographical Society Conservationist of the Year. In October 2018, Natalie released her book ‘Every Woman’s Guide to Saving the Planet’ published through HarperCollins and it remains the #1 best seller in Booktopia Environmentalists’ Category. In 2019, 1 Million Women won the Rare, people’s choice award out of 200 entries from 46 countries – global award that honours behaviour change innovation.. Natalie’s book is set for global release later this year.

‘​How we live each day, how we spend and invest our money and the influence we have in our households, workplaces and communities are all keys to solving the challenge of climate change.’ – Natalie Isaacs, 1 Million Women Founder

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