Search for or like enough environmental stories on TikTok and more end up on the “for you page.” Lovers of all things environmentalism and climate science will eventually curate an amazing range of environmental education. There’s Eco_Tok, which curates content from a number of environmental activists and educators in one hub. And there are seemingly more and more accounts every day that reach different types of environmentally conscious communities and creators.
Those individual accounts explore connections like the history of environmentalism and how it connects to the history of capitalism, issues like environmental racism and public health policy, and how to create community gardens to grow food and herbs.
Here are a few accounts that are worth following for interesting environmental content that covers a spectrum of environmentally minded ideas:
1. For fashion lovers who want to challenge how they consume: @sweet.sustainability
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This account’s bio says it all “imperfect environmentalism.” Getting started on becoming a more eco-conscious consumer doesn’t have to be perfect, the consumer just needs to start and take steps that work for them. Not everyone has the time or the funds to become the perfect environmentalist, so videos like the one above are important. The non judgemental tone and easy to follow tips can be incorporated into anyone’s wardrobe.
2. For those who want to learn about the systemic issues: @ariellevking
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This account is run by a law student who focuses on environmental justice. In one video, Arielle highlights that Black Americans are more likely to live near coal power plants than their white counterparts and unpacks stats and environmental reporting for each point. There are also videos about the best environmental justice books to consider, and the difference between environmental and energy justice.
3. For environmentally minded users who want to learn about the intersection of identity and culture in the climate justice movement: @queerbrownvegan
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Their videos look at a spectrum of intersectional aspects of environmentalism like learning about environmental defenders, foraging for herbs, and how to make the vegan version of different Latin American dishes like chiles rellenos. Their videos even outline what it’s like to be an environmental creator of color and what that means for their content and their ability to make a living online. Isaias’ account is a great way to see veganism and environmentalism in practice and to understand how it can fit into different cultural contexts.
4. For users who want to continue their environmental education online: @mostlyecomorgan
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This online account outlines that becoming eco-conscious is a journey, one where people are always learning. There are thrifting hauls, ways to be more eco-friendly when shopping on Amazon, and even low waste hacks that Morgan doesn’t want to take on because environmentalism doesn’t mean consumers shouldn’t have options.
Watch a couple of TikToks from the Eko_Tok account below:
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Angely Mercado is a New York City born and bred freelance writer, researcher, and fact-checker. She was educated in journalism and research through the CUNY system and holds a masters from the Newmark Craig Graduate School of Journalism.
Her work is featured in Vogue Magazine, The New York Times, The Nation, Rolling Stone Magazine, Grist, and more. When Angely isn’t working incessantly, she’s enjoying NYC’s parks and free events, and binging cartoons.
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