In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day we have collaborated with artist Noa Snir to create a custom illustration of today’s “Earth Heroes.” This 100% cotton short sleeve tee features our first ever group portrait of five youth climate change activists who are tirelessly working to protect our planet and their future. Sharing this art with your Piccolina is the perfect way to inspire a spirit of advocacy and teach her (or him) about trailblazers who are just one generation ahead! To learn more about these fearless young women, view each bio below.
About our Earth Heroes
Ridhima Pandey, 11 From Haridwar, India, a holy city on the Ganges River, Ridhima Pandey grew tired of the pollution she had seen in her community. She filed a petition to India's National Green Tribunal, which oversees environmental concerns, for not taking enough major steps to combat climate change. Ridhima wasn't taken seriously and was told she was too young to be an activist. Instead of being discouraged, she escalated her petition to the Indian Supreme Court. Two years later in 2019, Ridhima joined 15 other youth activists to file a complaint at the UN Climate Action Summit against the lack of government action to combat climate change.
Autumn Peltier, 15 Living on one of the largest groups of freshwater lakes in the world, Autumn Peltier made it her goal from a young age to raise awareness around water rights. As a member of the Wikwemikong First Nation in northern Ontario, Canada, she has always had access to clean, safe and reliable drinking water. But, Autumn knew many of the other First Nation communities had not been so lucky. She believes that banning and limiting single use plastic will be a step in the direction Mother Earth needs.
Greta Thunberg, 17 Known for her straightforward manner, Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg has gained international recognition for her criticism of world leaders and their failure to take sufficient action to address the climate crisis. She believes that humanity is facing an existential crisis as a result of climate change. For the last two years, Greta and her family have been doing as many things as they can to lower their carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment by becoming vegan, upcycling and giving up flying.
Ayakha Melithafa, 18 Two years ago, while Ayakha Melithafa was living in Khayelitsha, South Africa, her community went through a severe drought. She learned this was a result of climate change and got involved in advocacy as quickly as she could. Ayakha began serving as a spokesperson for the African Climate Alliance, which is a climate advocacy group working with over a million youths around the world. Now Ayakha is calling for an immediate moratorium on the extraction of coal, oil and gas in South Africa.
Artemisa Barbosa Ribeiro 19 A member of the Xakriabá tribe, Artemisa Barbosa Ribeiro grew up in the southeastern state of Brazil in São João das Missões. Her mission is to stop environmental destruction across Brazil, especially in the Amazon rainforest and territories that belong to her tribe. This damage is directly linked to corporate mining and agriculture, so Artemisa is calling upon legislation to be put in place to help protect these areas.
10% of all proceeds from the sale of our Earth Heroes tee will go to a non-profit environmental advocacy organization.
- 100% Cotton
- Unisex fit
- Machine wash cold, tumble dry low
- Made in Peru