This Earth Week, we're thinking more about our role in protecting the biggest home of all — the planet. In a time when so many of us are shopping more sustainable brands and getting creative about everything from what cleaning supplies we purchase to the origins of our home decor, we're also getting active about what we can do to support efforts in the fight against climate change. All changes matter, big and small, and a great way to get started is by kicking off the learning process with the help of the folks who are already doing the work.
When it comes to starting that learning process, we recommend these incredible eco-conscious creators who make us feel inspired, educated, and positive about the future of the planet. Whether you want to make some sustainable swaps or begin the conversation about the environment with your friends, these creators will leave you feeling like anything is possible.
The founder of @intersectionalenvironmentalist, Leah Thomas is a talented creative who focuses on climate change and the environment, with posts about what she calls both "climate optimism and justice." She creates fun, effective videos about ways we can make swaps for lower-waste home cleaning products and she interviewed the White House Climate Advisor, Ali Zaidi, on Instagram Live about the Biden administration's environmental justice goals. Basically, she's a star.
With posts about everything from colorism to climate justice, Gifty is an up and coming influencer who shares informational graphics, and leads incredible talks about environmental and economic injustice with a focus on policies that uplift and support Black women.
This Los Angeles- and Portland-based 23-year-old is all about redefining climate activism. Summer Dean regularly highlights sustainable brands, shares tips for making eco-friendly changes, and creates more policy-driven posts about things like the Green New Deal.
Ayia is an eco-educator and social worker who uses her growing platform to remind followers about the relationship between environmental justice and issues like housing justice. With a focus on actionable next steps, her content feels more inspirational than anxiety-inducing, which makes it an excellent follow.
A total powerhouse, Daphne Frias aims to make space for people with disabilities in the climate justice movement. Daphne offers tips on making social media more accessible, leads valuable conversations about empowerment, and explains how her followers can be better allies.
Self-proclaimed eco-feminist Leni is an influencer who focuses on mindfulness practices like yoga while living a sustainable lifestyle. Whether you're looking for a recommendation about cultivating a cozy, minimalist home or want to learn more about organic, elevated basics, the Netherlands-based creator's content will have you tapping "save."
Lauren Ritchie, a climate justice activist based in New York City, is the founder of Black Girl Blueprint, a podcast by and for Gen-Z Black girls, and the founder of The Eco Justice Project, which is focused on intersectional climate advocacy and education. Lauren has hosted stellar talks about disposables, waste, and climate justice, and continues to actually do the work to save the planet.
If you're looking for an optimistic approach to climate change and inspiration about how to live a more sustainable life, Zahra Biabani is one creator you should follow. With a regular video series about positive eco news, Zahra provides good news and proof that efforts to protect the planet are working — and we'll take it.
Tori Tsui is incredible. Combining an interest in intersectional climate justice with an interest in environmental health (and mental health), they encourage followers to take action against climate change and discuss topics like eco-anxiety.
When Julia Gentner isn't working with Grow Ahead, which helps to plant trees for small-scale, farmer-led agroforestry projects, she works to highlight important issues like white saviorism in the climate movement. She also co-founded the Bad Activist Collection to help liberate the planet. For instance, the organization participated in the Global Day of Climate Action.
Based in the Philippines, Mitzi Jonelle Tan is a climate justice activist and a regular speaker at events like the Women of Color Conference. She's the sort of thoughtful, intelligent influencer who encourages her followers to do more than like and follow, but to act as well.