Here are 10 activists you should absolutely be following this Earth Day if you give a sh** about the planet

Caring is cool and these are the activists that are proving it.

22 Apr 2019

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)

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‪Today I speak at the Italian Senate. #schoolstrike4climate #ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture ‬

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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)

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What I stand on is what I stand for ✊ We will not back down! It’s action or non-action. Life or Death. Now or never. Who’s future? OUR FUTURE 🌍

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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)

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Community is golden ✨protesting is always better when it’s done with friends who are equally as passionate as you are about climate justice ✨ I’m overwhelmed with how incredible the @extinctionrebellion sit ins and protests have been - the community has really rallied and my hat is off to the organisers for creating such an incredible global protest. Hopefully our leaders will hear our cries and create real systemic change ✨ if not...the rebellion will go on ✨🌞 📷 @nour.livia

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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)

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Yesterday I had the pleasure to visit the animal sanctuary @towerhillstables together with @marta_canga @georgiameacham @l.o.v.e_and_b.l.o.s.s.o.m.s and the @petauk team to shoot an anti wool campaign. Because: 🐑WOOL IS CRUEL Over the past few years, PETA has released dozens of exposes, filmed across 4 continents, in nearly 100 shearing facilities. And their investigators documented violence and cruelty at every single one of those facilitates – including ones right here in the UK. If they were left alone and not genetically manipulated, sheep would grow just enough wool to protect themselves from temperature extremes. Selective breeding means that sheep today are carrying far more wool than they would do naturally and many die of heat exhaustion as a result. Further, workers are often paid by volume, not by hour and it incentivizes them to work incredibly fast. In their haste they shear off ears, skin folds, teats, and genitalia. It's not possible to produce commercial quantities of wool humanely, because markets require a greater amount than farmers can possibly contribute from their flocks. So if you truly care about the welfare of the sheep, don’t buy wool. (@petauk) . #towerhillstables #animalsanctuary #peta #petauk #vegan #veganism #animalrights #ethicalfashion #woolfree #veganfashion #lamb #govegan #veganfashionblogger #sustainablefashion #ethicalfashionblogger

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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)

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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)

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Sustainable bikini @leaf.london 🌱

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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)

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How can we end slavery in our lifetime? This fashion revolution week @ijm_uk and @knowtheorigin are teaming up to tackle this question. They’ll be hosting a free screening of The True Cost, followed by a panel discussion unpacking how we can end the slavery and exploitation in our supply chains, featuring guests from business, NGOs and media. I will be one of the panellists among other great people, it’s free to attend but tickets are limited so I’ve popped a link in my bio if you fancy coming to chat and learn more. 📷 @gianna_scavo Whole outfit thrifted except my socks 🙃

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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)

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Crikey! I honestly cannot begin to tell you how touched I am by the outpouring of support I have received over the last few days. After I appeared on @bbcnews and Politics Live to talk about @plastic_patrol, the goodwill shared in messages, donations, pictures uploaded in the app (we’re at 120k now!) has been completely overwhelming. Back in 2015 - when I started campaigning - I never ever believed that the hashtag I came up with to map plastic I found in the waterways would go on to become a global movement that people all over the world supported. I have dedicated so much time, love, tears (of frustration and happiness) and money into creating something that I hoped might influence the actions of a few. Four years on, Plastic Patrol is helping shape industry and, with the latest developments to the app, also policy to ensure they are acting on environmental issues. It’s all been surreal but I believe that Plastic Patrol is just at the beginning. There’s so many exciting things to come - that everyone of you can be involved in - and I’m excited to have you all sharing this journey to drive change with me! Photo by @andyhargraves

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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)

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✊🌍 It's International Rebellion Week - the week where the people say enough is enough and don't stop until their voices are heard, all led by the incredible Extinction Rebellion (@extinctionrebellion) group who are leading the way in bringing people together to support this beautiful planet we call home, in powerful yet non-violent ways.⁣ ⁣ Today I joined the youth (@xr_youth) in shutting down Piccadilly and showing that it is our future we care about and that the government and those in power should not only be listening but making drastic changes because we're running out of time (or as some may say, we already have).⁣ ⁣ Everyday I grow prouder of my generation and the passion we have and I'm sending all my support to those across the world that continue to speak up this week and beyond. This will be worth it. It already is; I can feel it in the speeches we make and the drums we use to dance around - because oh yeah, caring about the planet can be fun and a lot less daunting when we do it together. 🌍✊⁣ ⁣ #extinctionrebellion #internationalrebellion #piccadillycircus #xryouth #rebellion #climatechange #climateactivists #youthstrike4climate #london #activism #globalwarming #ourplanet #ourfuture #protest #climatecrisis #sustainability #sustainableactivist #teenactivists #peacefulprotest

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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)

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To the backdrop of banners, chalk graffiti and the sound of acoustic guitars brought to Central London by the @extinctionrebellion protesters, it was a pleasure to deliver a talk alongside the incredible @_willmccallum and @nataliefee_ at the #LastStraw event for the Facilities Management industry. We learnt so much about the challenges faced by the FM industry, but were also inspired by their motivation to tackle their plastic consumption. A big thank you to Churchill Services for organising the event and for inviting me to speak, and to the RICS for the stunning venue! . . . #youthsocialaction #beplasticclever #PlasticClever #refuse4good #plasticpollution #yearofgreenaction #IWill @beplasticclever

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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.