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Meet 10 of the 2016 GOOD 100

Meet 10 of the 100 individuals improving the world in 2016.

Each year, GOOD celebrates 100 people from around the globe who are improving our world in creative and innovative ways—advocates, inventors, educators, creatives, business leaders and more who are speaking up, building things, campaigning for change, and ultimately refusing to accept the status quo.

Over the course of March, we’ll be rolling out content featuring our honorees. For now, here’s a teaser of 10 of our 100. We hope you find as much inspiration in these incredible individuals as we do.


Amr Al-Azm

Photo by Andrew Spear

LOCATION: Athens

The Syrian historian, professor, and cultural vigilante defending his home country’s historical artifacts from behind a computer screen in Athens, Ohio.

Miki Agrawal

Photo courtesy of Thinx

LOCATION: Brooklyn

The entrepreneur and innovator whose Thinx ‘period panties’ are destigmatizing the conversation around menstruation.

Charlene Carruthers

Photo by Peter Hoffman

LOCATION: Chicago

The leader of unapologetically black activism and the national director of Chicago’s black feminist collective, Black Youth Project 100.

Marije Vogelzang

Photo by Willeke Duijvekam

LOCATION: Dordrecht

The eating designer rewiring mindless consumption with creative interactive projects that upend our relationship with food.

Winnie Byanyima

Photo by Marco Kesseler

LOCATION: Oxford

The Ugandan diplomat, activist, and aeronautical engineer fueling social justice projects in over 90 countries as executive director of Oxfam International.

Ekene Ijeoma

Photo by Lili Peper

LOCATION: Brooklyn

The designer illuminating the human face behind data with interactive projects that explore the reality of social disparity.

Fahad Albutairi

Photo by Rasha Yousif

LOCATION: Riyadh

Saudi Arabia’s first professional standup comedian, who is challenging his conservative country to think big.

Rolof Mulder

Photo by Willeke Duijvekam

LOCATION: Apeldoorn

The designer and entrepreneur behind Hospitainer’s shrink-and-ship medical micro facilities focusing on administering healthcare in areas that need it most.

Asha de Vos

Photo by Zack Piánko

LOCATION: Colombo

The Sri Lankan marine biologist on a mission to protect her country’s blue whale population from the hazards of international shipping vessels.

Betsy Reed

Photo by Rebekah Campbell

LOCATION: New York City

The editor-in-chief behind the incisive and investigative journalism site The Intercept, a publication putting big business and government under the microscope.

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The global climate change strikes on Friday are said to have been the largest protest for climate change in history. An estimated four million people participated in 2,500 events across 163 countries on all seven continents. That included an estimated 300,000 Australians, but a total of zero were in Hyde Park in Sydney, despite a viral photo that claims otherwise.

Australian Youth Coal Coalition, a pro-coal Facebook page, posted a photo showing trash strewn across a park after what appears to have been a large event. "Look at the mess today's climate protesters left behind in beautiful Hyde Park," the photo was captioned. "So much plastic. So much landfill. So sad." The only problem is, the photo wasn't taken after a climate change protest. It wasn't even taken in Australia.

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Last Friday, millions of people in 150 countries across the globe took to the streets to urge world leaders to enact dramatic solutions to combat climate change.

The Climate Strike was inspired, in part, by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old girl from Sweden who has captured worldwide attention for her tireless work to hold lawmakers responsible for the climate crisis.

The strike gave people across the planet the opportunity to make their voices heard before the U.N. General Assembly Climate Summit in New York City on Monday.

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As world leaders meet to discuss new ways to tackle climate change at the U.N. Climate Action Summit, they might miss one very big part of healing nature – nature. In a new short film, youth climate change activist Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot, a writer for the Guardian, talked about how we need to use nature as a solution to climate change.

There's a huge push to curb emissions, but it's not the be all end all of handling climate change; we also need to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. While we don't have technology to do that for us, there is another solution. "There is a magic machine that sucks carbon out of the air, costs very little, and builds itself. It's called a tree," Monboit says in the film. Researchers found that we could get rid of two-thirds of the carbon dioxide that we've emitted during the industrial era just by growing trees. That amounts to 205 billion tons of carbon. Right now, deforestation of tropical forests is responsible for 20% of current greenhouse emissions.

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Climate Action Tracker

In 2016, 196 countries signed the Paris Agreement, pledging to combat climate change by taking action to curb the increase in global temperatures. The Paris Agreement requires countries to report on their emissions and what steps they're taking to implement those plans. Now that the countries are coming together again for the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York City, it's worth taking a look at what kind of progress they've made.

The Climate Action Trackerkeeps tabs on what each country is doing to limit warming, and if they're meeting their self-set goals. Countries are graded based on whether or not their actions would help limit warming to 1.5 degrees C.

According to a recent article from National Geographic, The Gambia, Morocco, and India are at the head of the class. "Even though carbon emissions in The Gambia, Morocco, and India are expected to rise, they'll fall short of exceeding the 1.5-degree Celsius limit," the article reads. Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States, on the other hand, get a big fat F. "Projected emissions in Saudi Arabia, Russia, and the United States are far greater than what it would take to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius."

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Greta Thunberg has been dubbed the "Joan of Arc of climate change" for good reason. The 16-year-old activist embodies the courage and conviction of the unlikely underdog heroine, as well as the seemingly innate ability to lead a movement.

Thunberg has dedicated her young life to waking up the world to the climate crisis we face and cutting the crap that gets in the way of fixing it. Her speeches are a unique blend of calm rationality and no-holds-barred bluntness. She speaks truth to power, dispassionately and unflinchingly, and it is glorious.

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