Phl climate pioneer Louise Mabulo in BBC 100 Women 2023 list

Filipina entrepreneur and environmental advocate Louise Mabulo is one of the “climate pioneers” included in this year’s BBC 100 Women list.

Highlighting the current climate crisis that negatively impacts the lives of young girls and women globally, the annual list features inspiring and empowered women who have championed the ongoing battle against climate change.

The 25-year-old Filipina earned a spot in the BBC 100 Women 2023 for her outstanding effort in founding The Cacao Project during the aftermath of typhoon Nock-Ten in 2016.

The Cacao Project is an initiative that “builds sustainable, regenerative and resilient agricultural livelihoods,” empowering farmers with skill training, resources and any form of interventions that will make them more equipped and well-prepared for challenges brought upon by climate change.

These initiatives Mabulo has done over the years enabled farmers to be more in control of their land and champion a rural-led green economy by dismantling destructive food systems and revolutionizing sustainable agroforestry.

According to their website, The Cacao Project has supported over 200 farmers, planted more than 100,000 trees and restored over 100 hectares of collective land.

As an environmentalist herself, Mabulo was also recognized by the United Nations Environment Programme as a Young Champion of the Earth.

“I find hope in knowing that movements around the world are being built by people just like me, stewarding a future with green landscapes, that connect communities, where our food is sustainable and accessible, where our economies are circular and are driven by just, equitable principles,” Mabulo said.

Mabulo joins journalist Maria Ressa, model and television personality Joey Mead King, and street and documentary photographer Xyza Bacani who have made it to the BBC 100 Women list.

The rest of th inspiring and influential women included in the list are:

•Bayang (China) — Diarist and sustainability advocate

•Matcha Phorn-in (Thailand) — Campaigner for indigenous and LGBTQ+ rights

•Qiyun Woo (Singapore) —Storyteller

•Sumini (Indonesia) — Forest manager

•Khine Hnin Wai (Myanmar) — Actress

•Trần Gấm (Vietnam) —Biogas business owner

•Bella Galhos (East Timor) — Political activist

•Xu Zaozao (China) — Egg freezing campaigner

•Desak Made Rita Kusuma Dewi (Indonesia) — Speed climber