From climate change to sustainability, activists around the world have been gathering to save the planet. And as Extinction Rebellion's protest takes over London, the message is loud and clear. Something *must* be done.
Earlier this year, GLAMOUR's activism survey discovered that environmental causes are something that 48% seriously care about. We found out that 99% of your recycle, and 76% claimed to dodge palm oil due to its environmental impact, and 51% would give up shopping for a year in order to help the planet - amazing!
So, if you're looking for your way to make a change and do your bit for the environment, Instagram is the new hotbed of environmental activism, from zero-waste living, to the climate change protestors taking over the world. And with Earth Day just around the corner (22nd April), campaigners are taking to their favourite social media platform to highlight how we can protect our planet from the affects of climate change. Here are the accounts you need to follow to engage your inner activist:
1. Greta Thunberg @gretathunberg (1m followers)
This amazing 16 year old student from Sweden has made her mark on 2019 following her viral protest outside Swedish Parliament where she called for more action against climate change. She has since been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and inspired young adults across the world to take a stance and act for their future - including the UK school climate strikes.
2. Jo @treesnpeace (19K followers)
Jo is a vegan, environmentalist and zero waste blogger from Dundee who is fighting for a better future. This young activist focuses on taking care of your body and the earth as one as she believes the two are entwined. Watch her Instagram Stories to find out her recommendations of her favourite sustainable products.
3. Immy Lucas @sustainably_vegan (52K followers)
Londoner Immy created the Low Impact Movement last year to encourage people to become 100% waste free like her. She has also been a part of the Extinction Rebellion that have taken over the capital this week. She takes a softer approach to activism, combining a planet based lifestyle with minimalism and ethics, often using beautiful imagery and an approachable style to document her lifestyle and encourage others to follow in her footsteps.
4. Livia Van Heerde @liviavanheerde (18k followers)
Livia is a 21 year old sustainable and ethical influencer, specialising in ethical fashion choices and fighting for fairer fashion choices. She is vegan and is against fast fashion and slave labour, and is on a mission to beat climate change too. She uses her feed to document sustainable products and how to create sustainable looks.
5. Andrea Sanders @bezerowastegirl (87k followers)[ id="Bv_7_6fHnxF"]
Andrea takes on the role as an educator on the plaftorm, teaching others about mindfulness and thoughtful living, focusing on health, ecology and minimizing waste. She shares her experience going zero-waste, remarking on the struggles you may face, but also providing key tips on how to make less of an impact on our planet.
6. Monika Poppy @sustainabilityiscool (11k followers)
Monika is a London based sustainable blogger, focusing on education, tips and reviews of sustainable products. She is the Editor in Chief of Sustainability is Cool, a blog that encourages people to live more ethical, sustainable lives. Her sustainable posts cover fashion trends, vegan snacks and ethical make up choices.
7. Francesca Willow @ethicalunicorn(20k followers)
Francesca dedicates her Instagram page to sustainability and social justice, campaigning for others to lead more sustainable lifestyles and for a better understanding on nature and society. She covers ethical and clean beauty, fashion and art with a sustainable mindset. She also calls on brands for more action to become sustainable.
8. Lizzie Carr @lizzie_outside(35k followers)
Lizzie is an activist living a low waste lifestyle, and she also founded @plastic_patrol, a global movement to crowdsource cleaning up the planet by picking up litter. She is a dedicated activist and optimist in fighting against the pollution of plastic on our planet and in our oceans. She is a paddle boarding teacher for young people, spotting and collecting waste from rivers on her way.
Tolly Dolly Posh @tollydollyposh (7k followers)
Tolly is an 18 year old ethical fashion designer and blogger, using her activism to try and encourage change and prompt more ethical choices for designers and the way we consume clothes. Her platform is used to support ethical movements as well as feminist campaigns, such as #freeperiods.
Amy and Ella @kidsagainstplastic(1.5k followers)
Amy and Ella started out their career in campaigning by encouraging children to pick up pieces of plastic to help the environment in the UK. Now Kids Against Plastic is a registered charity that promotes youth social action. So far, the campaign has encourages young people across the UK to collect more than 100,000 pieces of plastic.