10 Black Women in the Green Space Who You'll Want in Your Instagram Feed

These Black women Instagrammers are putting a spotlight on the connection between climate justice and racial justice.

Sophie Hirsh - Author

Aug. 18 2020, Updated 2:26 p.m. ET

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The fight for climate justice and racial justice is intersectional — we cannot have one without the other. So many allies are working to learn more about being anti-racist at the moment, and fortunately, there are endless informative articles, documentaries, and books out there. Additionally, something you can do is fill your Instagram feed with Black voices.

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On Instagram, many Black content creators proudly share recipes and tips for living sustainably, while others dedicate their pages to the connection between climate justice and racial justice. There are numerous Black women creating content about the environment out there, and below, you can learn about 10 incredible Black women in the green space who are worth following on Instagram.

Green Girl Leah aka Leah Thomas

Leah Thomas aka Green Girl Leah focuses her Instagram page on intersectional environmentalism, practical tips for reducing waste, and more. In late May, she shared a post on Instagram with an intersectional environmentalist pledge that she wrote, which was widely circulated by fellow eco-minded people across the social media platform. 

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Vanessa Nakate

Vanessa Nakate is a Uganda-based climate activist who consistently uses her voice to speak out against racism within the environmental movement, to the tune of nearly 100,000 followers on Instagram and even more on Twitter. She also recently founded the project 1 Million Activist Stories.

“When I found out that these people were actually looking at climate change in the face and suffering right now, I decided that I needed to do something about it, and I needed to start doing something that would help them, something that would stop all these disasters in their lives,” Vanessa Nakate told Green Matters in an interview earlier this year, speaking about the agriculture community in her home country of Uganda. 

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Genesis Butler

At 13 years old, climate and animal activist Genesis Butler has already founded her own nonprofit called Genesis for Animals, she is an organizer for Youth Climate Save, she is a star of Marvel’s Hero Project, and she even gave a TEDx talk — when she was just 10 years old — about the relationship between animal agriculture and the environment.

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Ashley Renne

Ashley Renne is a blogger and a host of Smart. Healthy. Green. Living, a streaming service for home and garden enthusiasts. Her Instagram is filled with tips on upcycling, regrowing produce, vegan recipes, environmental news, and more.

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Mikaela Loach

Mikaela Loach is a climate justice advocate who focuses on inclusivity in the sustainability space. Her feed is filled with posts about sustainable living as well as anti-racism, anti-ecofascism, feminism, and more.

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Tabitha Brown

Tabitha Brown is a vegan recipe creator, social media personality, and actress, best known for her entertaining recipe and mental health videos on TikTok. 

“I think the thing the world is missing most is love and compassion,” Tabitha Brown told Green Matters in a recent interview. “So my mission is to spread that the best way I can. I want to start a movement of people loving and respecting each other and all living things.”

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Waste-Free Marie

Waste-Free Marie uses her Instagram to share her zero-waste journey, actionable tips for living more sustainably, and information about racial justice. In her bio, she declares that she is “welcoming beginners to climate and racial justice.”

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Sweet Potato Soul aka Jenné Claiborne

Eating a plant-based diet is one of the most impactful ways to lower one’s individual footprint on the environment. For some of the tastiest vegan recipes on the internet, follow Jenné Claiborne’s Sweet Potato Soul on Instagram and YouTube. And not only does the vegan chef share her recipes online, but she also has a vegan soul food cookbook called Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice, and Soul.

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Zero Waste Habesha

Freweyni Asress, known on Instagram as Zero Waste Habesha (a term that refers to Ethiopians and Eritreans), uses her platform to talk about zero-waste living and environmental justice.

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Isra Hirsi

In her Instagram bio, 17-year-old Isra Hirsi proudly lets followers know that she is “the angry Black girl” — something she elaborated on in a TEDx talk of the same name earlier this year. On her page, the U.S. Climate Strike cofounder often talks about her experience as a young Black woman in the climate justice movement, and she works to amplify other women of color who are leading the movement.

If you are looking for ways to donate your time or money to Black Lives Matter and other antiracist organizations, we have created a list of resources to get you started.

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