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Becca Challis lists the best environmental accounts to follow on Instagram.

This year the UK will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP26 – the most important climate change conference since 2015 when the Paris Agreement was reached. There has never been a more important time to get up to speed with all things environment, climate, and wildlife. There’s no doubt that climate change is a complex subject, but Instagram has taken up the task of making environmental matters accessible. 

Bringing together powerful photojournalism, data journalism, and the stories of people across the world, here are 11 of the best Instagram accounts to follow to boost your eco-education.


Plastic Pollutes

For real hard plastic facts, the Plastic Pollution Coalition is an NGO which covers everything from plastic politics to the science behind plastic pollution. 




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An eco account, run by a design agency? You can bet it’s beautiful. But this isn’t a case of form over function – the substance is there too. Adapt has started some thought-provoking eco debates on the environmental impact of the super rich, feminism, and Brexit.


Feed the planet (George Steinmetz)


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George Steinmetz is a photographer looking to capture ‘the challenge of meeting the ever-expanding food demands of humanity’. 


Every Day Climate Change

A photography collective, Everyday Climate Change brings together photographers on six continents to document climate change in real time. 




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A combination of eco-technology solutions, shocking histories, and hints and tips for living a greener lifestyle, Waste-Ed is full of green nuggets. Part digital creator platform, part sustainable product company, this is a channel to follow for innovative solutions.


Future Earth


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Source-led research and bite-size takeaways are the focus for Future Earth. With regular series like ‘Unsung Hero’, learn about the people making a real difference. 



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Earthrise is a media outlet focused on communicating climate change through accessible infographics and digestible ideas. 

The Marine Diaries

For an ocean-themed eco-education, look no further than The Marine Diaries. Vivid photography is paired with richly informative descriptions to help you uncover the climate issues affecting the deep blue. 

Chicks for Climate

Feminism and environmentalism collide on Chicks for Climate’s colourful feed. Learn about the crossovers and why climate change is a feminist issue. 


Joel Sartore

Followed by over 1.5 million people, Joel Sartore is a National Geographic photographer on a mission: To capture the beauty of biodiversity, before whole species are wiped out.

Daily Overview


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If you ever need reminding how impressive the world’s landscape is, Daily Overview is here for you. Over 1 million people follow the account, to get their dose of fascinating aerial photographs which help restore faith in the globe. 

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