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Green Is The New Black

Ready To Unlearn? Here’s 10 Instagram Accounts To Follow.

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2020 has been transformative. If you’re ready to make sense of the events that have transpired this year, revolutionising your Instagram feed is a good start. So here’s a curated list of accounts to follow—sit back, and get ready to put in the work to unlearn. (Oh, and don’t forget to open Instagram.)

 

1. @theslowfactory

The Slow Factory Foundation works at the intersection of climate and culture; building community and growing movements through education. Specifically: open education. Since 2013, they’ve been “providing tools necessary to fight climate change and societal injustices through decoded language and open knowledge”. Which basically means that they’re making information accessible, through their events, projects and of course, their Instagram page.

Follow for: timely updates on social injustices around the world, bite-sized lessons on topics relevant to climate and social justice, informative lives and the occasional super-relatable activist memes.

 

2. @mimizhuxiyuan

You’ve probably seen their viral post way back in March when it was reposted by Britney Spears. But Mimi’s account has been consistently filled with words of affirmation and prompts for what they call “reflective resistance”. They also curate a newsletter titled “WRITE2HEAL”, stemming from their belief that writing is a practice “we can all use to heal”. Accounts that talk about self-care and unlearning in the same breath are hard to come by, but Mimi’s is one of them.

Follow for: writing prompts for radical reflection and words that heal the self and the collective.

 

3. @aditimayer

Aditi is one of our all-time favourite influencers who really walks the talk when it comes to using her platform for good. She’s a sustainable fashion blogger who explores the intersection of style, sustainability and social justice. “Frustrated with the lack of representation and intersectionality within the sustainability movement,” she writes on her website, “ADIMAY became a space that looked at sustainability with an eye that was equally curious, curatorial, and critical.”

Follow for: deep-dives into decolonising fashion, critical perspectives on sustainable fashion and aesthetic photos and unboxings (of conscious brands, of course).

 

4. @intersectionalenvironmentalist

Aditi also happens to sit on the council of Intersectional Environmentalist: a platform for resources, information and action steps to support intersectional environmentalism and dismantle systems of oppression. If it sounds intense, it’s because it is. The platform, however, is very accessible and boasts a wealth of free and accessible knowledge open to all. It’s also led by environmental activists and sustainability advocates we love.

Follow for: intersectional and relevant perspectives and resources on how to decolonise environmentalism.

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🌞Thank you for being here. Thank you for your commitment to uplift the voices of the unheard. ⁣ ⁣ We are a collection of environmental activists that are dedicated to dismantling systems of oppression in the environmental movement.⁣ ⁣ We believe BIPOC communities deserve a seat at the table and that their voices and cultural values are crucial to saving the planet and creating a more equitable future. We believe in genuine allyship, one that is not self serving or performative, but one that evokes real change. We believe in the power of coming together and taking the time to recognize all the wrong doings of the past, so we can move forward stronger than before.⁣ ⁣ To everyone who has felt ignored in this movement, we see you and we will fight for your voice to be magnified. We believe that we have the power to create the future we want to see: one that is greener, more sustainable and better to both people + the planet. ⁣ ⁣ We are launching very soon. Thank you for your support.⁣ ⁣ In future versions of the site we will upload personal essays and work from you all, if you are interested in getting involved please sign up at the link in bio.⁣ ⁣ With love, ~IE Team. ⁣ ⁣ Thank you @remisorbet for these 🔥🔥 graphics.⁣ ⁣ #intersectionalenvironmentalist #intersectionalenvironmentalism #environmentalism #inclusion #allyship #intersectionality

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5. @queerbrownvegan

Another conscious human who sits on the council of Intersectional Environmentalist is Isaias Hernandez, an environmental educator who, according to him, “just so happens to be vegan and zero waste”. As a Queer, Brown and Vegan environmentalist, Isaias is working towards creating safe spaces for other like-minded environmentalists to engage in the discourse of the current climate crisis.

Follow for: accessible, bite-sized educational content about the environment.

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Content Warning: Violence/ Murder * Non-Black Folks, please read if you can. "Police brutality is an environmental issue. Period." -Quote by Environmental Educator & Writer (Rasheena Fountain @rasheena.fountain). We cannot call ourselves environmentalists if we aren't protecting Black folks. Black people are the environment; they are in ecosystems and deserve every right to be THRIVING & LIVING. As an environmentalist, I've always been a truth-seeker and wanting to showcase people that you have the individual power to form collectivized actions. We've been told that this system protects "all" through its manipulative rhetoric, but in reality, we all know that this system only serves white people. – – These past few weeks have been hard to express my thoughts and feelings other than the famous trending quote: "I'm not black, but I see you. I'm not black, but I hear you. I'm not black, but I mourn with you. I'm not black, but I will fight for you". For many of us, fighting and protecting looks different, but we cannot simply stay silent. I'm here to say that while sharing and amplifying does bring more conversations to the table; we must do more. Sharing content will not end white supremacy. – – What can I do to support the #BlackLivesMatter ? Well, here are a few action items that I want to share: 1.) Serve on the frontlines, if you can do so. Show up for the Black community and protect them from police / white supremacists. 2.) Check-in with your local community, especially your Black friends! What do they need? Do they need space, do they need funds, do they need food? How can I show up for them? 3.) Use your wealth and support Black activists, families, and individuals. Spreading your wealth is important. 4.) Support your Black media creators. Don't pay me or thank me, but GO and pay Black creators who are exhausted from having to educate people. If you are going to enter their space, listen to what they need/pay them. 5.) Call out your racist family members, friends, or loved ones. These conversations are tough and draining, but if we want to make a change within our community, then we need to address the anti-blackness. – – Forever in solidarity.

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6. @theslacktivists

We live in a new age now. Social media activism is no longer something to be disregarded—it’s not armchair activism. It spreads the word about issues that mainstream media fails to cover, and it spreads the word fast. the slacktivists, a community-based comprehensive media platform, does exactly this. With so many things going on the world and so many mainstream platforms failing to direct attention towards the most urgent of social issues, this is one platform to watch.

Follow for: informative and relevant updates on what’s going on in the world, along with calls to action and resources to boot.

 

7. @andrearanaej

Andréa writes about herself and the space she’s created like this: “If you have a vision for change in your communities or our world (or maybe you just know that a different reality is possible) and you want to show up, contribute, serve or generally live the kind of life that leaves this planet better than you found it – you’re in the right place.” And we think that’s the perfect description that sums up what you can expect. Do you want to unlearn systems of oppression from the inside out? Or want to be co-creating the better world with us? You’re in the right place.

Follow for: reminders to unlearn and to show up.

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This has been on my heart for a while: I don’t believe that *the* struggle for justice and liberation must be *a* struggle. I don’t believe that the validity or success of our efforts must be measured by how much work we’ve put in, how little rest we need, how much we’ve endured to get here, or how other people feel. Suffering is not a virtue. Somewhere, somehow many of us have latched on to this idea that if ease, rest, pleasure, joy, peace is present, that means you’re not doing enough, you’re doing it wrong, what you’re experiencing can’t be trusted, etc. You do not have to suffer in order to show up for your community. You do not have to suffer in order to find success. You do not have to suffer in order to be worthy of what you desire.

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8. @mikaelaloach

Mikaela’s Instagram account may look—at first glance—like a typical social media influencer’s. But she’s a lot more than what it seems. A freelance writer about all things sustainability, ethical living, refugee rights and intersectional activism, Mikaela’s words pack a punch, and then some. If you follow her, expect daily insights into low-waste living and climate activism—and how to make these movements more accessible. (Because surprise, surprise: most of the time they’re not.)

Follow for: critical insights and hard-hitting truths about sustainability and inclusivity.

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I dream of a world where hanging out with new white friends doesn't bring tension into my body.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ one where I don't have to feel like I will have to hold back some of myself⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ in order to make the majority more comfortable⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ I am tired of my identity being "uncomfortable" for people⁣⁣⁣ my truth being "uncomfortable"⁣⁣⁣ I am tired of choosing the comfort of white people over the safety of black people ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ I am tired of calculating whether the comment is "racist enough" for the other white people to not call me ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ "too much" ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ or "too emotional" ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ when I call out the casually racist remark which they say I should just ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ let go ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ they didn't mean it that way ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ think about it logically ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ intellectually ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ "objectively"⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ how can I be "objective" about something which harms me? ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ how can you be "objective" about something which benefits you?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ why do white people even get to tell me what is racist?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ I am tired of plucking up the courage to speak up⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ to only be met by ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ awkward silence ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ or ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ no, that's not it ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ no⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ no ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ my stomach twists⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ we sit having drinks and my body is stiff⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ everything I hold back builds tension inside me ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ tension which hurts my body ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ stress hurts my body ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ holding it in hurts my body ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ but, this is better than being "angry" right? ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ right? ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ when will my comfort be important? ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ why does this feel like an impossible dream?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ -⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Some words about how I've felt a lot of time. Written quickly & honestly. This feels quite raw to share, but I hope that people can gain some understanding from this and that white folks will step up in these conversations & call things out. Growing up in almost exclusively white environments, these feelings still persist in me. I can't be the only one who has felt like this. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ In the face of "overt" violent racism this may not seem important. But, we need to have the same rejection for all forms of racist violence – not only the most overt – otherwise we aren't rejecting racism. We're just arguing about technique. Speak up. ❤️

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9. @ajabarber

There aren’t very many Instagram accounts like Aja’s. Hers is a highly curated space. In it, she offers her valuable perspectives on sustainable fashion, capitalism and everything in between. With her expertise in race, intersectional feminism and fashion, you’re bound to learn something new. Oh, and she also has a Patreon, and her supporters are treated to her wealth of knowledge. But a lot of her content is already offered for free. Scroll her Instagram to check it out! (If you’re a Karen though, please don’t slide into her DMs.)

Follow for: posts that tell it like it is and refreshingly candid takes on fashion and racism.

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Every time I’m having a hard conversation and you lean into your discomfort and insist I prioritize it, Karen … all you’re doing is prioritising your discomfort over actual oppression. Discomfort is not deadly, it doesn’t kill. But oppression does. That’s why I operate under zero tolerance for fragility. Your discomfort will not kill you, but your prioritising your own feelings and coddling that discomfort has historically killed people that look like me.⁣ ⁣ I won’t hold space for it as a marginalized person who exists on this internet. There are a bajillion spaces on the internet that prioritize white comfort in all discussions and I won’t be one of them. Ever. Because I, like many of us have done that through out my life. That’s finished. It helps no one (not even you).⁣ ⁣ In the conversation about racism realize that you’re uncomfortable because you are learning new information which challenges the old beliefs of your whiteness and it’s links to inherent goodness. White supremacy isn’t about you being a good or bad person … it’s a system which we must destroy. And if we center white comfort we will never take down that system. No one ever got free that way.⁣ ⁣ Know that there are plenty of topics which cause me discomfort thinking about previous ways I’ve been ignorant and uninformed. While I might cringe through my past mistakes and lay awake at night scrutinising them and thank god the Internet wasn’t as prevalent in my twenties as it is in my thirties… I’ll never go to the page of someone more marginalized that myself and ask them to hold that space for my discomfort. Because actually that’s very selfish and unhelpful. We’re all here to be better so be better.

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10. @soyouwanttotalkabout

We’re rounding off this list with one of our favourites. If you’re here to learn and unlearn, you’ll definitely want to give this account a follow. Ever felt overwhelmed by terms that climate and social justice activists throw around? Wanted an easy-to-follow, yet comprehensive explanation? Then chances are you’ll find it here. This platform talks about all kinds of issues, from Marxism to billionaires, from DARVO to apoliticism. There’s something to learn with every new post.

Follow for: daily dissections of progressive politics and social issues in graphic slideshow form.

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Tammy is an environmentalist and social media advocate who believes in thinking bigger and deeper about climate change. She hopes that with her actions, we will all grow to become environmentally conscious citizens (not consumers) with hearts for this beautiful planet we call home.

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