Top 23 Climate Voices to Follow in 2023

A youth climate activist at a protest.
  • Jan 20, 2023

All around the world, millions of people are taking action to help protect our planet and reduce the impacts of climate change. There are so many great voices contributing to the climate conversation, but some bring unique and inspiring perspectives that are particularly worthy of our attention. Here are some of our favorite climate advocates to follow:

1. Alex Silva is a climate content creator and college student studying environmental science who uses TikTok to encourage optimism about the climate crisis and inspire people to take action. In 2020 he launchedEcoTok, a collective of 19 TikTok creators who promote sustainability and climate action through their content. Follow Alex on TikTok @EcoFreako, Instagram @earthrebranded, or Twitter @earth_rebranded, and follow the EcoTok collective on TikTok @eco_tok.

2. Alexandria Villaseñor is a 17-year-old climate activist and second generation Mexican-American. She is the founder of the organization Earth Uprising, which educates and mobilizes young climate activists. Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Alexandria skipped school and protested outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City every Friday for more than a year. Follow her on Twitter @AlexandriaV2005 or Instagram @alexandriav2005.

3. Autumn Peltier is an 18-year-old Canadian clean water activist from the Wiikwemkoong First Nation in Ontario. Autumn has advocated for the preservation of drinking water for Indigenous peoples since she was 8 years old. She is the Chief Water Commissioner for Anishinabek Nation and has spoken before the United Nations General Assembly, the World Economic Forum, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the importance of clean water. She is also the subject of a short documentary called The Water Walker. Follow Autumn on Instagram @autumn.peltieror Twitter @AutumnPeltier1.

4. Dr. Ayana Johnson is a PhD marine biologist, policy expert, and conservation strategist who works to highlight the connection between the ocean, climate change, and climate justice. She is the founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank that focuses on climate policy and the future of coastal cities, co-editor of the climate anthology All We Can Save, and co-host of the podcast How to Save a Planet. Follow her on Twitter @ayanaeliza or Instagram @ayanaeliza.

5. Carissa Cabrera is a Hawaii-based sustainability educator, marine conservationist, and climate advocate. She is the CEO and co-founder of The Conservationist Collective, an environmental storytelling platform that works to scale ocean conservation and inspire people to find their unique place in the environmental movement. Carissa also shares content on her Instagram and TikTok pages to educate and inspire others on conservation. Follow her on TikTok @carissaandclimate or Instagram @carissaandclimate.

6. Christiana Figueres isthe former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She was one of chief architects of the Paris Climate Agreement and played a major role in its adoption. Originally from Costa Rica, she has worked in the fields of climate change, sustainable development, energy, and land use, and she currently co-hosts a climate change podcast called Outrage + Optimism, which promotes “stubborn optimism” as the way to tackle the climate crisis. Follow her on Twitter @CFigueres or Instagram @cfigueres.

7. Dallas Goldtooth is an Indigenous climate activist and organizer. He leads the Keep It In The Ground campaign for the Indigenous Environmental Network—the organization led by his father, globally recognized activist Tom B.K Goldtooth. Dallas was featured in the Grist 50 in 2017 and co-founded an Indigenous comedy group called The 1491s. Most recently, he has started in and helped write the FX comedy series Reservation Dogs. Follow Dallas on Twitter @dallasgoldtooth or Instagram @dallasgoldtooth.

8. Elizabeth Yeampierre is a Brooklyn-based climate justice leader. She is the co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance and the Executive Director of UPROSE, a Latino community-based organization in Brooklyn that promotes sustainability and climate justice. She was the first Latina chair appointed to the EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and was also selected as the opening speaker at President Obama’s first White House Forum on Environmental Justice. Follow her on Twitter @yeampierre.

9. Greta Thunberg is a 20-year-old Swedish climate activist and one of the most prominent climate activists in the world. In August 2018, Greta began her weekly “School Strike for the Climate,” which has turned into the global youth movement Fridays For Future. She has addressed numerous world leaders, including the UN and the United States Congress, urging them to take action on climate change. In 2019 she was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Follow her on Twitter @GreatThunberg or Instagram @gretathunberg.

10. Isaias Hernandez is an environmentalist and eco-educator. Through social platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, Isaias shares accessible content under his brand Queer Brown Vegan to educate people on various topics related to environmental justice and green living. Follow him on Instagram @queerbrownvegan, Twitter @queerbrownvegan, or TikTok @queerbrownvegan

11. Isra Hirsi is the 19-year-old daughter of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and a prominent climate activist. She is the co-founder and co-executive director of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike and has organized hundreds of youth-led climate strikes across the country. In 2019 she was one of 6 recipients of the Brower Youth Awards, North America's top prize for bold young environmental leaders. Isra is a vocal advocate for intersectionality and diversity within the climate justice movement. Follow her on Instagram @israhirsi or Twitter @israhirsi.

12. Jamie Margolin is the 21-year-old founder of the youth climate organization Zero Hour, an intersectional movement of youth climate activists. As the Latina, Jewish daughter of a Colombian immigrant, she gave a TED talk about how climate change can be solved by addressing social injustices. Follow her on Twitter @Jamie_Margolin or Instagram @jamie_s_margolin.

13. Jerome Foster II is a 20-year-old climate activist from Washington D.C. He is the youngest member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, and he has developed virtual reality experiences to help people learn more about issues such as ocean plastic pollution, melting glaciers, and fossil fuel pollution. He has spoken about the climate crisis before the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Follow him on Twitter @JeromeFosterII or Instagram @jeromefosterii.

14. Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric climate scientist and professor. She is an expert on how to discuss climate change and gave a TED Talk called “The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it.”She produces a YouTube series called Global Weirding, which uses colorful cartoons to teach children about climate change and the environment. Follow her on Twitter@KHayhoe.

15. Dr. Katharine Wilkinson is an author, public speaker, strategist, podcaster, and educator on climate science. She co-hosts the climate podcast A Matter of Degrees with climate professor Dr. Leah Stokes. Along with Dr. Ayana Johnson, she co-edited the climate anthology All We Can Save—a collection of essays from women in the climate movement. Follow her on Twitter @DrKWilkinson

16. Kevin Patel is a 22-year-old climate activist and a first generation Indian American. Growing up in Los Angeles, he first got involved in the climate movement when he experienced heart palpitations and researched the dangers of air pollution in his city. He is the founder and executive director of OneUpAction, an intersectional, youth-led organization that provides resources to help youth climate advocates fight climate change in their local communities. Follow him on Twitter @imkevinjpatel or Instagram @imkevinjpatel.

17. Leah Thomas, also known as Green Girl Leah, is the founder of Intersectional Environmentalist. IE is a platform that highlights the connections between climate and racial justice, amplifies people of color in the environmental movement, and advocates for inclusion in environmentalism. Follow Leah on Twitter @Leahtommi or Instagram @greengirlleah, and follow Intersectional Environmentalist on Twitter @isxenviro or Instagram @intersectionalenvironmentalist

18. Mari Copeny, also known as “Little Miss Flint,” is a 15-year-old from Flint, Michigan. In 2016, she wrote a letter to President Obama about Flint’s water crisis, which inspired him to travel to Flint and gave the city national attention. She now uses her platform to bring awareness to the Flint water crisis, as well as raise donations for water bottles, books, toys, and other resources for Flint residents. Follow her on Twitter @LittleMissFlint or Instagram @littlemissflint.

19. Dr. Robert Bullard is known as the father of environmental justice. He has written 18 books on environmental racism and other topics such as sustainable development, urban land use, industrial facility siting, and regional equity. He is the co-founder of the HBCU Climate Change Consortium and was named one of 22 climate trailblazers and one of the 100 most influential people in climate policy. Follow him on Twitter @DrBobBullard.

20. Tori Tsui is an intersectional climate activist and the co-founder of Bad Activist Collective, a group of climate focused-artists and storytellers. In 2019, Tori and 31 other climate activists sailed across the Atlantic to COP25 to advocate for sustainable travel with Sail to the COP. Her first book, It’s Not Just You, explores the relationship between the climate crisis and mental health and will be available in summer 2023. Follow Tori on Instagram @toritsui_ or Twitter @toritsui, and follow Bad Activist Collective on Instagram @badactivistcollective.

21. Vanessa Nakate is a 26-year-old climate justice activist from Uganda. In January 2019, she began a strike outside the Ugandan parliament to protest climate inaction—and was the sole protester for several months. She also founded the climate action groups Youth for Future Africa, Rise Up Movement, and 1 Million Activist Stories. Vanessa has spoken at COP25 in Spain and the World Economic Forum in Davos. Follow her on Twitter @vanessa_vash or Instagram @vanessanakate1.

22. Varshini Prakash is co-founder and executive director of Sunrise Movement, a prominent climate organization that mobilizes young people to advocate for climate action. She was included on the 2019 Time 100 list, nominated by Governor Jay Inslee, and the 2018 Grist 50 list. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, New Yorker, Forbes, Vox, Vice, TeenVogue, BBC, and more. Follow her on Twitter @VarshPrakash.

23. Xiye Bastida is a 20-year-old climate activist from Mexico. She and her family moved to New York City after her Indigenous community in Mexico was ravaged by heavy rainfall and flooding. As the co-founder of Re-Earth Initiative and a lead organizer of the Fridays For Future youth climate strikes, she fights to keep Indigenous peoples at the forefront of the climate conversation. Follow her on Twitter @xiyebastida or Instagram @xiyebeara.

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