Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Environment program brings together a wide range of partners, including cities, businesses, public health advocates and citizen’s groups, to address some of the most serious threats to our environment. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite environmentally-friendly @instagram accounts to keep you in the know on just a few of the initiatives impacting our Earth. Don’t forget to follow us on @BloombergDotOrg to learn more about these organizations and how we’re supporting their causes.
As the first female Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo is putting the environment at the forefront of her initiatives. The creation of new cycling lanes, decreasing diesel fueled automobiles, managing cigarette litter and adding 200 new green spaces are just a few highlights from her Mayoral Programme. Follow @annehidalgo to watch these initiatives take shape.
Seventy percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from cities. C40 is a network of the world’s largest cities committed to addressing climate change. Now in its 10th year, @c40cities connects 80+ cities to collaborate effectively, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable change.
@leonardodicaprio is both an actor and environmentalist. In 1998 he founded The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation which is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of Earth’s inhabitants. Through collaborative partnerships it supports innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities.
Approximately 1.1 billion people currently live in areas of the world without electricity. Little Sun is a social business and global project addressing the need for light in a sustainable way that benefits these communities, creates local jobs, and generates local profits. Their Little Sun lamp is an attractive, high-quality solar-powered LED alternative to the harmful, dangerous and expensive kerosene lamps that most people rely on in these areas. Follow @littlesunenergy to see the over 200,000 Little Sun lamps in action worldwide.
The National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. Nat Geo is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world focusing on geography, archeology, nature science and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation. Follow @natgeo to enjoy the world through the eyes of their photographers.
Natural Resources Defense Council
The Natural Resources Defense Council works on a broad range of issues in an attempt to safeguard the Earth; its people, its plants and animals, and the natural system on which all life depends. @nrdc_org works to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment.
In 1999, less than 0.5 percent of resources spent by environmental nonprofit groups in the United States went to ocean advocacy. To combat this statistic, @oceana was formed to focus solely on oceans, dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting specific, science-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals. Since its founding, Oceana has achieved more than 100 victories and has protected more than 1 million square miles of ocean.
For more than 25 years, Rare has empowered local communications in over 50 countries to shift from being resource users to environmental stewards. Instead of asking “what needs fixing?” Rare seeks out working solutions that can be implemented across other regions in similar need. @Rare_Org trains local leaders to champion change, leaving a legacy of increased capacity and a sense of ownership, responsibility and pride in conservation.
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the @sierraclub is now one of the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organizations — with more than two million members and supporters. Their successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, they’ve made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.
World Resources Institute
The World Resources Institute’s mission is to move society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. @worldresources focuses their work on six critical issues at the intersection of environment and development: climate, energy, food, forests, water and cities & transportation.
U.S. Department of the Interior
In 1849, Congress passed a bill to create the Department of the Interior to take charge of the Nation’s internal affairs. The U.S. Department of the Interior protects America’s natural resources and heritage, honors our cultures and tribal communities, and supplies the energy to power our future. @usinterior fosters the intrinsic link between healthy economies and healthy landscapes, increasing tourism and outdoor recreation in balance with preservation and conservation.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a division of the United States Government in charge of writing and enforcing regulations, based on laws passed by Congress, that ensure the protection of the environment and human health. Follow @epagov for tips on how you can leave a smaller carbon footprint.
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