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My Favorite Climate-Focused Instagram Accounts

My Favorite Climate-Focused Instagram Accounts

I love learning new things on instagram! Explaining topics within climate change can be dense, lengthy, and well ... boring. These accounts (below) do an amazing job at not only making content aesthetically beautiful, but digestible. You don't have to be an environmental expert to understand and break into their content. 

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Grouphug Solar: Behind the Scenes

Grouphug Solar: Behind the Scenes
From Grouphug Founder Krystal Persaud: I wanted to take a moment to share some behind the scenes photos. Even though the past few months have been tough, I try to remember that it's more about the journey than the destination. Grouphug is just getting started. Continue reading

Why are Solar Panels Blue?

Why are Solar Panels Blue?

The answer is... for science, of course! The dark blue or black color you see on solar panels is an anti-reflective spray applied to the silicon solar cells. This helps them absorb more sunlight.

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Environmental Justice History: Dr. Robert Bullard

Environmental Justice History: Dr. Robert Bullard
Dr. Robert Bullard is known as the Father of the Environmental Justice movement. In 1979, Bullard discovered that African American neighborhoods in Houston, Texas were frequently chosen for toxic waste sites. Even though they made up 25% of the population - their neighborhoods were home to more than 80% of the city's landfills.  Continue reading

Environmental Justice History: Hazel M. Johnson

Environmental Justice History: Hazel M. Johnson
Hazel M. Johnson aka the Mother of the Environmental Justice movement. In 1979, she founded People for Community Recovery, a nonprofit dedicated to environmental justice and improving the living conditions in public housing. Continue reading

Climate Justice is Racial Justice

Climate Justice is Racial Justice

Hi everyone.

There is so much happening in the world right now. I'm honestly a little nervous about writing this, because I am afraid of any fallout it might have with customers or followers who disagree. But at the same time, it's that hesitancy that convinces me that sharing this is the right thing to do. 

First, know that climate justice is racial justice. The Black community and people of color (POC) are disproportionately affected by climate change (read the NAACP link below). We stand with the Black community in the fight against the pervasive injustice they have faced for centuries. We have not talked about climate & racial justice before now, but we won't be silent moving forward.  

I have been attending peaceful protests in Brooklyn to show my support & donating to the organizations (below). I know I personally have a lot of work, learning, and un-learning to do. As a first generation Guyanese-American and POC, I recognize that I have so much privilege. My family would not even have been able to immigrate to America for the numerous laws passed (Civil Rights Act, Immigration Act of 1965).

All the best, 

- Krystal

 Resources I have found to be helpful: 

Organizations I've donated to:

Activists/Educators on Instagram that focus on Intersectional Climate Issues:

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