If you want to widen your horizons by following some fresh voices, look no further. I’ve pulled together a list for you of my top four Twitter climate heroes.
I didn’t especially mean to make this a list of women climate heroes, but my overall top five just happened to be all women and I decided I’d lean into that rather than evening it up.
Honorary mentions: There are two other names that instantly spring to mind. Goes without saying I also absolutely love what Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have to say on climate. I love them so much the algorithm has learnt to fill my feed with their tweets. But you probably follow them already (if not then what are you doing?) and I wanted to introduce some other heroes you might not know.
And without further ado, here’s the list. Follow all of these absolute bosses right now! You can also just subscribe to this Twitter list if you prefer. I plan to add others to it in due course.
My top Twitter climate heroes
Mary Annaïse Heglar | @MaryHeglar
Mary Annaïse Heglar writes incredible climate justice essays on her Medium account and is probably my all-time favourite voice on climate at the moment. She’s also publications director at NRDC. Her tweets are always insightful, always refreshing and frequently hilarious with it. She talks about big ideas in everyday language that anyone can connect with and brings a warmth and humanity to these issues that is often lacking. She often talks about the intersectionality of climate injustice with issues of racism and colonialism, and that’s a perspective that I’ve often lacked and really appreciate hearing. She also has a lot of useful insights about the emotional toll of the climate crisis. Follow her and read all her articles immediately.
Rhiana Gunn-Wright | @rgunns
Rhiana Gunn-Wright is the policy lead for the Green New Deal, based at the think tank New Consensus, which means she’s kind of a superhero in my book. The enormity of her role and the momentous scope of the GND doesn’t stop her posting light-hearted gifs with most of her tweets. She speaks in the language of millennial Twitter even when it’s about huge serious issues like the climate crisis and wealth inequality and I love that. She’s also great at uplifting the voices of others with lots of interesting retweets.
Kate Marvel | @DrKateMarvel
Kate Marvel is a climate scientist who also has a talent for zesty communication. She writes popular essays and metaphorical parables about climate change – fairy tales for our time. Her tweets are often hilarious as well as incredibly insightful, and I love that she often employs her own wry twist on meme formats to get her points across. While she works on the hard science, Kate clearly understands that the emotional side of the climate crisis is just as important, and has some fresh insights on this, for example that courage may be a better tool than hope.
Jamie Margolin | @Jamie_Margolin
Jamie Margolin is a 17-year old climate activist, student and founder of This Is Zero Hour, with incredible energy and passion who isn’t afraid to speak truth to power. She even recently testified before Congress on climate justice from a youth perspective. Her tweets are sharp and insightful, she has an incredible ability for galvanising movements online and off, and she also shares a lot, raising the voices of her fellow youth activists, especially fellow young activists of colour.
What about you – want to nominate anyone else as a Twitter climate hero? Let me know in the comments or tweet @TheClimateLemon.
And if you’re inspired by these climate superheroes to take action yourself, you might want to have a read of my post on 7 types of citizen power.
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