This article is part of our "Round Ups" series, where we share things that inspire us, guide us, or are just really cool.
When you think of climate activists, do you think of Greta Thunberg? We don’t blame you, but there are soooooo many more brilliant voices (young and old!) in the climate space who are fighting for our futures and collective wellness every day. We thought we’d take the liberty of introducing you to some of our favorites this month–since we’re spending February dwelling on all the things and people we love, see and appreciate. (It’s our 2022 take on Valentine’s Day, which was due for a makeover, wouldn’t you agree?)
Here’s the gist on our criteria when we made this list to share (some of!) our favorite. We have a strong preference for signal boosting and increasing representation for women of color, non-binary and BIPOC activists, because they so rarely get the formal accolades, acknowledgement, or representation that they deserve. This doesn’t mean we don’t celebrate the hard work of folks who don’t identify as any of the above– au contraire, mes amis! But, we think you should show these folks a little love whenever possible.
Xiye Bastida. Xiye’s a 19 year old Otomi-Toltec, Mexican-Chilean climate activist and UPenn student. (You might even recognize her from January’s Vogue Mexico cover…) We like to follow Xiye on Twitter, where she shares knowledge drops, quick quips and thoughts.
Katie Boué. Katie is a Cuban-American outdoorist living in Utah, and the founder of Outdoor Advocacy, which gets people engaged, active, and involved in protecting and conserving our land and environment. Katie’s IG is a great follow– for both her outdoor and climate platform, and her at-home gardening & food-growing chops. She’s also, genuinely, one of the nicest people ever.
Leah Thomas, Diandra Marizet, Sabs Katz & Philip Aiken. The brilliant minds who founded Intersectional Environmentalist, inspired by the climate justice movement and Kimberlé Crenshaw’s work in intersectionality, have given the environmental justice movement a huge signal boost through the media platform they’ve built. Whether you follow along on Instagram, via Zine or by pre-ordering their book, you can’t go wrong.
Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. Before she brought us one of our favorite book club reads or the How to Save the Planet pod, she was a marine biologist. Now, she’s brought us some of the best climate (and climate optimist) content there is, educating a whole new class of future climate optimists and advocates. We recommend tuning into the pod or following her on Twitter.
- Aja Barber. Aja’s a writer and fashion consultant whose work sits at the intersection of the sustainable fashion and inclusive fashion movements– so everything we’re interested in. If you wear clothes (so everyone) you should probably follow Aja on Twitter or Instagram, or scoop up her recently published book on consumerism. (It was our December book club read!)
We’re keeping this list short and sweet– it’s a matter of opinion. The way we see it, a database of dozens of talented, hard-working folks hustling to create a more intersectional, equitable, inhabitable planet is totally useless if it’s so dense that you mindlessly scroll through it. Our hope is you pick at least a few of those folks whose work you can consistently signal boost or double tap, or better yet, share with a friend (or seven).
Trying to solve this massive global problem with limited resources is already hard enough–harder if you’re from a marginalized community that receives even less support and resources. There are ways you can actively support with your dollars (Buy books! Donate to mutual aid and climate disaster funds!) and so many ways that you can engage and support that cost you nothing (VOTE! Stay informed on social! Support by sharing the work that activists are doing!). Our lil’ list is just a start, but we hope that introducing you to even just one activist, advocate or climate creator that we love was helpful.