Many passionate environmental activists are using social media platforms to raise awareness about the harsh effects of climate change and the importance of sustainable living.
Whether you are already committed to eco-friendly practices or you’re aiming to join in the fight to save the planet, we’ve compiled a list of our picks for 10 eco influencers you need to follow heading into the next decade.
1. Greta Thunberg
Teen climate and environmental activist Greta Thunberg earned the honorable distinction of being named Time magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year for her ongoing efforts to protect and preserve the Earth. The 16-year-old Swedish student gained global attention with her own climate strikes from school, asking government leaders to act against growing climate issues. Furthermore, her urgent, passionate call for change inspired millions of other students to launch protests and strikes to support the cause.
Thunberg has spoken at numerous climate conferences, including the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit which took place in New York. Among her many accolades, she was also nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. She has over 9 million followers on Instagram (@gretathunberg) and over 3 million followers on Twitter (@GretaThunberg).
2. Mike Bloomberg
The former three-term New York City mayor is recognized as a global leader for his ardent support of environmental change. In June 2019, Bloomberg launched Beyond Carbon, “the largest-ever coordinated campaign against climate change in the United States.”
During his time as mayor, he helmed PlaNYC, a plan to unite a multitude of NYC agencies to help create a “greener, greater New York.” Reducing the city’s carbon footprint and increasing water conservation are just two of Bloomberg’s targeted initiatives. As a 2020 presidential hopeful, Bloomberg is pushing his goals to build a 100 percent clean economy. @MikeBloomberg has over 2.4 million followers on Twitter.
3. Bea Johnson
French native best-selling author of “Zero Waste Home” Bea Johnson is credited with founding the Zero Waste lifestyle movement. She travels around the world to educate live audiences about the importance and ease of living a trash-free life.
Her book has been translated in 27 languages and tells the story of how she transformed her life to reduce waste. Johnson has made over 100 television appearances and has amassed over 400K followers on social media. Johnson declares her eco-conscious mantra on her website: “Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot (and only in that order) is my family’s secret to reducing our annual trash to a jar since 2008.”
4. Lauren Singer
Lauren Singer is a New York-based eco influencer who documents her Zero Waste lifestyle journey on her Trash Is For Tossers blog, as well as her @Trashis4Tossers Twitter and @trashisfortossers Instagram pages.
Singer gives her 340K Instagram followers and her website audience easy-to-implement changes for achieving an eco-friendlier lifestyle. The multi-tasking blogger also owns online stores with sustainable products including Package Free and The Simply Co. which sells organic, vegan cleaning products, and detergent.
5. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D – N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass) introduced New York’s Green New Deal which Mayor Bill de Blasio put into effect in April 2019. The plan aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020.
The Green New Deal is part of the OneNYC 2050 strategy to build a strong and fair city and secure its future. Ocasio-Cortez is very outspoken about the climate crisis and has addressed it to leaders in speeches across the globe, including at the C40 World Mayors summit in Copenhagen in October 2019. Ocasio-Cortez has over 6 million followers on Twitter @AOC.
6. Bill Gates
Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates is consistently ranked as one of the richest people in the world. His high business profile enables him to reach a massive social media audience across the globe.
Gates discusses the harsh effects of climate change in multiple posts on his GatesNotes blog. He’s also written a book on the subject called “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” which is due for release from Doubleday in June 2020. The Seattle native executive currently boasts over 48 million followers on Twitter at @BillGates.
7. Kate Nelson
Kate Nelson uses the handle @plasticfreemermaid and has over 84K followers on Instagram. She gives lots of tips for sustainable living on her website blog at iquitplastics.com. The Aussie native influencer isn’t just talking the talk. She has notably led a single-use plastics free lifestyle for an entire decade. Plus, her Instagram account features photos of her eco-friendly food purchases and visits to natural locales around the world with important messages like “plastic kills” while scuba diving.
8. Elon Musk
Globally renowned tech billionaire Elon Musk is the founder and CEO of SpaceX and the CEO of Tesla. He is aiming to make huge strides in the fight against climate change by launching reusable rockets into space, producing a fleet of self-driving cars, and building a high-speed low power transportation system called the Hyperloop.
The innovative corporate leader has already succeeded in sending reusable rocket parts to the International Space Station (ISS) with his Falcon rocket series. Ultimately, he aims to make space travel as convenient as air travel. Currently, @ElonMusk has over 30 million followers on Twitter.
9. Lisa Friedman
Lisa Friedman is a well-known climate change reporter for The New York Times. She covers climate and environmental policy in Washington in her expansive body of articles. She also travels around the world to raise awareness of climate-focused topics. Friedman reports on politically-driven climate change action and provides tips her readers can use to combat climate change at home. @LFFriedman has over 33K followers on Twitter.
10. Jennifer Nini
Jennifer Nini is the editor-in-chief and founder of Eco Warrior Princess, a website that is run by a team of eco-conscious writing and blogging “warriors.” The passionate group covers multiple aspects of Zero Waste and sustainable living practices including eco-friendly fashion, beauty, wellness, and other lifestyle tips. As a brand, Eco Warrior Princess seeks to redefine “what it means to live green.” The site currently has over 43K followers on Instagram.