Celebrating International Women’s Day: Four Films Highlighting Female Environmentalists

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March 05, 2024

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it’s an opportune moment to recognize the remarkable contributions of women in environmental conservation. From grassroots initiatives to large-scale advocacy, women around the world are leading the charge in protecting our planet and inspiring change within their communities. In honor of this day, let’s shine a spotlight on four inspiring women featured in Rivers are Life films that showcase their dedication to environmental stewardship.

Franziska Trautmann - Glass Half Full

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In the film Glass Half Full, we meet Franziska Trautmann, co-founder of, Glass Half Full, a grassroots glass recycling program based in New Orleans. Alongside her partner, Max Steitz, Trautmann embarked on a mission to address the issue of glass waste in their community. Fueled by a desire to make a difference, they transformed their backyard operation into a full-fledged wine bottle recycling facility. Ultimately recycling 98% of the glass they receive. 

Trautmann’s story is a testament to the power of community-driven action in tackling environmental challenges. Through their initiative, Glass Half Full not only diverts glass from landfills but also contributes to coastal restoration efforts, showcasing the transformative impact of sustainable practices on both local ecosystems and communities. 

Nathalie Lasselin - Deep Dive


Nathalie Lasselin, featured in Deep Dive, exemplifies the spirit of exploration and advocacy for our planet’s aquatic ecosystems. As a diver and environmentalist based in Montreal, Lasselin is on a mission to raise awareness about the often-overlooked beauty and fragility of underwater environments. Through her expeditions and clean-up efforts, she sheds light on the importance of preserving our rivers and waterways for future generations. 

Lasselin’s message resonates deeply, urging us to shift our perspective and take proactive steps toward protecting our water resources. Her work reminds us that beneath the surface lies a world worth protecting—one that thrives on our collective commitment to conservation. 

Analiza Del Rosario - River of Angels

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In River of Angels, Analiza Del Rosario shares her journey as a fly fisherwoman on the LA River, a waterway with a rich but troubled history. Amidst urbanization and environmental degradation, Del Rosario finds solace and purpose in connecting with nature through fishing. Her story reflects a deeply personal transformation, as she trades materialism for a newfound appreciation of the natural world. 

Del Rosario’s advocacy for the revitalization of the L.A. River underscores the importance of preserving urban ecosystems and reconnecting communities with their natural surroundings. Through her passion and dedication, she inspires others to rediscover the beauty and resilience of our rivers, even in the heart of a bustling metropolis. 

Jenni Kempf - Watershed Warriors


In Watershed Warriors, we meet Jenni Kempf, a champion for the Fox River in Illinois. As Director of Education Program Operations at Friends of the Fox River, Kempf is instrumental in spearheading efforts to improve water quality and raise awareness about watershed conservation. Through hands-on education and community engagement initiatives, her organization empowers individuals of all ages to become stewards of their local environment. 

Kempf’s commitment to protecting the Fox River serves as a reminder that collective action can drive meaningful change at the grassroots level. By fostering a sense of environmental responsibility among community members, she ensures that the legacy of conservation continues to thrive for generations to come. 

On International Women’s Day, let us honor and celebrate the tireless efforts of women like Franziska Trautmann, Nathalie Lasselin, Analiza Del Rosario, and Jenni Kempf. Their stories remind us of the vital role that women play in shaping a more sustainable and equitable future for our planet. As we reflect on their achievements, may we be inspired to join them in their quest to safeguard our environment for generations to come.