Simply using a reusable straw and composting your food scraps isn’t enough to get us out of the climate crisis — we need to fight for climate justice. And one of the most powerful tools in activism is knowledge.
So, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite climate justice-focused Instagram accounts to fill your feed with education, musings, and art focused on intersectional climate activism. Each of these accounts focuses on a breadth of issues related to the climate movement, such as racial inequality, pollution, cultural appropriation, ethical labor, allyship, and more.
If you're looking to make your Instagram feed more of a productive and educational place, read on, and make sure to follow and support the following accounts.
As the name implies, Intersectional Environmentalist is all about the ways the climate movement intersects with other social justice movements, such as racial justice, health inequality, feminism, and so much more. The platform was founded in June 2020 by Leah Thomas (more on her in just a moment), and its goal is to help “dismantle systems of oppression in the environmental movement.”
Following Intersectional Environmentalist on Instagram will introduce you to many important topics and educators (several of whom you will also find on this list), and you can also check out the group’s website for a deeper look into various topics related to the climate movement, to explore the relationships different communities have with environmentalism, and more.
Summer Dean, aka Climate Diva, describes herself as an “imperfect intersectional environmentalist.” On her Instagram, you’ll find posts about how the renewable energy transition impacts BIPOC communities, plastic pollution, the Green New Deal, sustainable fashion, and more.
Dean is also known for her TikTok videos that educate viewers on climate issues with humor, and she has a second Instagram page called Climate For All that focuses on “reimagining what it means to be a climate activist.”
Pattie Gonia is a great outdoors-loving drag queen, the daughter of Mother Nature, and the alter ego of climate activist Wyn Wiley. On Pattie’s Instagram, you’ll find posts about racism in the great outdoors, LGBTQ+ rights, allyship, supporting marginalized communities — as well as photos and videos of Pattie looking absolutely fabulous on the trail.
Leah Thomas, aka Green Girl Leah, is an activist and eco-communicator, known for founding the Intersectional Environmentalist platform. Her Instagram is filled with resources all about being an intersectional activist, the connections between climate and racial justice, diversifying the climate movement, tips for living sustainably and plant care, and more.
“When you look at the data with environmental racism, and who unfortunately feels the impacts the harshest right now of environmental injustices, it’s typically low-income and Black and Brown communities,” Thomas told Green Matters in an interview celebrating the platform’s launch in June 2020. “So I just think that it’s something that needs to be talked about in the environmental movement.”
Venetia La Manna
Venetia La Manna is a slow fashion campaigner, and her Instagram is primarily focused on issues in the fashion industry such as greenwashing, cultural appropriation, racism, slave labor, ethics, transparency, and more. She also posts about veganism and privilege in the vegan movement — as well as yummy vegan eats, of which she is in no short supply, as her husband is low-waste vegan chef Max La Manna.
Mikaela Loach is a climate justice and antiracism activist, a vegan, and a medic who uses her Instagram to promote “sustainability with inclusivity.” On her Instagram, you’ll find colorful posts with educational captions about eco-fascism, feminism, the Black Lives Matter movement, effective activism, intersectionality within the climate movement, and more.
The Conscious Kid
The Conscious Kid is an Instagram account with 1.9 million followers, and it focuses on education and parenting (though adults can benefit from it just as much as children) through a critical race lens. The account is primarily focused on issues related to racial inequality — but understanding and tackling issues surrounding racial justice are imperative in the fight for climate justice.
We cannot have climate justice until we dismantle racist systems, so if you want to be a truly progressive, inclusive, and intersectional environmental activist, reading up on anti-racism and following an account like the Conscious Kid are a must.
Queer Brown Vegan
Isaias Hernandez, aka Queer Brown Vegan, describes himself as “an environmental educator who just so happens to be vegan and zero-waste.” His Instagram is filled with colorful, easy-to-comprehend posts explaining various topics related to the climate movement, such as overconsumption, ocean justice, ecological grief, climate violence, energy justice, climate debt, environmental racism, and more.
You can check out his website for more detailed explainers on various environmental topics, as well as Alluvia Magazine, a publication he co-founded that highlights creative BIPOC voices in the environmental movement.
Brown Girl Green
Kristy Drutman, aka Brown Girl Green, is a “Jew-Pina trying to make the world a better place.” On her Instagram, you’ll see her discussing many topics (and how they intersect with climate activism), such as environmental gatekeeping, fast fashion, responsible consumerism, Indigenous rights, low-impact living, and so much more. Drutman also hosts a podcast called Brown Girl Green.
Mackenna Cady, aka Kenna Aloha, is a Hawaii-based eco-advocate and artist who posts shareable drawings related to environmental protection, climate justice, sustainable living, political action, ocean and wildlife conservation, and more. And beneath her aesthetic Instagram posts, you’ll find long, informative posts about various climate-related topics.