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GREEN WARRIORS 2021

At Green Is The New Black we get to meet some seriously inspiring people. People who are changing the world with their everyday actions. We strongly believe that every little bit counts which is why we are always banging on about #LittleGreenSteps to #LiveMoreConsciously. Meet this years Green Warriors, an environmental award series and photo exhibit.

We are thrilled to introduce you to the fourth annual list of Green Warriors. This list is full of people from all walks of life. Social media activists, to NGO founders. DJs to architects. Humans working at the international level, to those working at the local community level. And certainly, the issues our Green Warriors care about cross all aspects of sustainability and touch every part of our lives. Sustainability, of course, is no longer just about saving the planet, as we’ve all learned over the past year.

While you may not be familiar with all of them (yet!), we believe they are truly changing the game. The environmental and social impact of their actions has rippled across the world. Our philosophy has always been to take #LittleGreenSteps to #LiveMoreConsciously, and this is something our Green Warriors actively practice while empowering others to do the same.

The theme for this year’s shoot was “The Intimacy of the Soul” where we celebrate the authenticity of our warriors in their own environment. With the current state of the world, we pushed the boundaries of our creativity and used digital tools to capture our warriors intimately in their homes, their safe spaces, their world.

We collaborated with two very talented photographers, Olivier Yoan and Nicoline Aagesen, based in Europe, who shot our warriors all around the world via their phones. Alongside his commercials and stunning shoots, for Net a Porter, Jimmy Choo or Roger Vivier, Olivier Yoan co-founded The Ené, a media platform that curates positive brands and retailers. Nicoline Aagesen brings her solar energy and makes the world sexier through her community of artists, My Camera My Rules, who have joined forces to make an outlet for art and all creative endeavours.

Each of the incredible humans you are about to meet are changing the world for the better with their daily work and influence. We have a lot to learn and share from them. Join us in taking the time to appreciate their efforts and drawing inspiration to continue your green journey with #littlegreensteps.

OUR GREEN WARRIORS 

 

Asad Rehman | Executive Director, War on Want (he/him)

For leading the way on incorporating the addressing of economic and social injustice in the climate fight Having tirelessly worked in the non-government and charity sectors for over 25 years—that’s a quarter of a century—Asad Rehman’s expertise has led him to be today at the forefront of the climate justice movement in the UK, and…

Aditi Mayer | Sustainable Fashion Photojournalist (she/her)

For decolonising fashion and speaking up for labour rights Aditi Mayer is a familiar name if you’ve been around Instagram (or more recently, TikTok). A social and environmental justice advocate, Aditi’s work crosses various mediums, including writing, speaking, photography, and more. She’s a sustainable fashion writer, photojournalist and labour rights activist. Naturally, her work is…

Ingmar Rentzhog | Founder & CEO, We Don’t Have Time (he/him)

For empowering the everyday individual to hold corporations and governments accountable Ingmar Rentzhog is a serial entrepreneur with experience in the finance industry. But don’t let this Silicon-Valley-sounding background fool you: Ingmar is far from just your average fin-tech startup bro. A Climate Reality leader—one of the 12,000 selected leaders personally trained by former US…

Assaad Razzouk | The Angry Clean Energy Guy (he/him)

For being a hands-on expert on all things clean energy Assaad Razzouk is a Singapore-based Lebanese-British renewable energy entrepreneur and expert, with an impressive portfolio to boot. Chairman and CEO of Sindicatum Renewable Energy, a clean energy company headquartered in Singapore, he’s pushing for the development of renewable energy projects #IRL across Asia, in India,…

Pete Phornprapha | Founder, Scratch First (Wonderfruit, Fruitfull) (he/him)

For bridging art and culture with impact   If you’ve ever tried to Google “sustainable music festival” in Asia, chances are you’ve come across Wonderfruit. Here’s the architect behind Wonderfruit: Pranitan "Pete" Phornprapha. His background is quite far from what you’d expect: Bangkok-born Pete’s family owns Siam Motors Group, and property businesses, among other things. Pete…

Barney Swan | Founder, ClimateForce (he/him)

For bringing us closer to sustainable futures, one tangible solution at a time Have you ever skied 1000km over 60 days to the South Pole? Us neither, but Barney Swan has. Pulling a sledge with supplies and shelter, Barney skied to the South Pole surviving purely off clean technologies, including a NASA-designed solar ice melter,…

Malcolm Wood | Co-founder, Steelhead Group & Maximal Concepts (he/him)

For wearing many hats and carrying sustainability through to food-making and film-making Malcolm Wood is a familiar name for those in the F&B industry: he’s the co-founder of hospitality group Maximal Concepts, and has personally opened a whopping 36 different concepts in his career. Growing up as a multicultural kid, he’s had a very multicultural…

Leyla Acaroglu | Founder, UnSchool of Disruptive Design (she/her)

For changing the game in sustainability with design Leyla Acaroglu is a sociologist, sustainability expert and designer: she combines all of those into her work to lead the transformation to a better, more sustainable economy. Internationally recognised as a leading force in the movement for a sustainable and circular future, Leyla’s main interest is in…

Aja Barber | Writer, Stylist & Consultant (she/her)

For speaking truth to power on all things fast fashion and more Aja Barber is a well-known vocal critic of fast fashion—if you’ve followed her for a while now, you’ll know that she doesn’t shy away from telling it as it is. On her platform (mainly Instagram and Patreon), Aja talks about everything that’s wrong…

Mayur Singh | Co-founder, Green Collective (he/him)

For innovating businesses and finance for good, towards sustainable development Mayur Singh is a firm believer in sustainable development and spends much of his time thinking about how to build businesses that are driven by purpose, and towards inclusive growth. Mayur is what you’d call an impact-driven entrepreneur: someone who cares about sustainability, and who…
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