Learn more about who we are.

  • Sustainability

    We want our members to learn more about living a green life, from education to doing service work around the community.

  • Create

    We want to create a community where everyone's voices are valued in the environmental space, especially uplifting black women's voices who often are not heard. 

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  • Change

    We want to fight for environmental justice in our community, advocating for greener policies and spaces around our area.

  • Network

    We want to build a community that creates an inviting space for black women to participate in the environmental sector.   

Our Awesome Team

Learn more about the team that's dedicated to spreading our mission.

about natural rebels

Madelyn Collins

founder | director

Madelyn (she/her) is the founder of Natural Rebels and is in charge of directing the group to its mission. She wanted to create a more inclusive-sustainable-community that supports and encourages more black women to participate in environmental justice. She is a recent graduate from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Communcations with a concentration in Journalism & Electronic Media. When she is not working on Natural Rebels, you can find her working at East Tennessee Clean Fuels, a nonprofit for promoting alternative fuels and vehicles in Tennessee. You can also find her teaching hip hop at a few studios around Knoxville. 

Likes: My two black cats, my ancestors, and anime. 

Dislikes: Intolerance, harmful chemicals, and bookstores closing. 

Fun Fact: I grew up in New Orleans for 8 years of my life. 

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Olivia Winder

Outreach coordinator 

Olivia (she/her) is in charge of outreach coordination for the organzation and an early supporter of Natural Rebels. She is a recent graduate of Guilford College where she received a B.A. in Spanish, Environmental Studies, and Film. She enjoys film making and writing music. Olivia is passionate about social justice and creating a more equitable future for all.!

Likes: Film making, cats, and being outside.  

Dislikes: I really dislike corn.

Fun Fact: My favorite movie is Napoleon Dynamite. 

Still Searching

Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity manager

Currently still searching for position. 

Natural Rebels is a platform for black women to lead the way in environmental justice and make sustainability more inclusive for all.

Natural Rebels was created as a solution to a racial and socioeconomic problem in the environmental sector of society. Thus far, the sustainability and climate change fight has been heard and dominated from mostly one point of view, and because of this limited outlook on the situation many diverse peoples, including afro-women (women with significant African ancestry) has been left out or not thought of as a primary focus in discussions.

Natural Rebels strives to not only include afro-women into the environmental conversation, but it also strives to get more intersectionality in the sustainability sector as a whole. Our participation is vital as climate change and wasteful environmental practices affects minority communities at an alarming rate. Heather Toney could not have said it better below.

Heather McTeer Toney, The New York Times, "Black Women Are Leaders in the Climate Movement"

"Many of us live in communities with polluted air and water, work in industries from housekeeping to hairdressing where we are surrounded by toxic chemicals and have limited food options that are often impacted by pesticides. Environmentalism, in other words, is a black issue."

Natural Rebels invites afro-women and allies of our cause to join us in spreading awareness throughout our community so we can start protecting our Earth who badly needs warriors from all walks of life at her side.