Environment is a digital platform that empowers younger audiences to better understand climate issues and fight the climate crisis. We cater to our primarily Gen-Z audience by providing them with the information and tools they need to be a part of the larger movement toward an equitable, livable planet.
We aim to help younger audiences better understand the intersection of social and climate issues through:
In order to create climate content that is intersectional, genuinely resonates with our audience, and motivates people to be part of the fight against the climate crisis, we built a passionate team that directly reflects the very audience we’re serving. We’re crushing the average for the media industry—the Impact and Environment team is 95% POC, 85% women & nonbinary, 60% LGBTQIA+, and almost entirely Gen Z. Our lived experiences, in combination with our exceptional ability to create high-quality content, make our work more authentic and powerful.
Our two-pronged mission of informing and enabling climate action is intertwined in a highly synergistic way: a person will consume our content centering a climate issue, and they will then be prompted to take action, such as signing a petition, registering to vote, making donations, participating in protests, joining impactful discussions, sharing content, and more.
1. One example of how our platform has been able to encapsulate this mission is through our efforts to raise $133,041 for those affected by the recent wildfires in Maui. Through creating several content pieces amplifying the urgency of the wildfires, we were able to raise awareness and raise thousands of dollars to support Na Wahine Toa, a local Hawaii-based non-profit organization. Here are some examples of our fundraising content:
2. We also distribute our content on social platforms to make information about climate isssues as accessible as possible. Young people are moving away from traditional forms of media like TV, radio, and print—we want to meet them where they are.
3. We combine exceptional designs, engaging stories, and easy-to-understand language to deliver climate content that Gen Z wants to engage with. Here are a few examples:
4. We stay on top of climate news, culture, and trends to ensure that our content aligns with what our audience want to see. Our work often covers stories that young people are talking about, and then links them to the systemic environmental issues that underlie them. Here are a few examples:
Since launching in April 2022, we’ve grown a community of 830k followers @Environment.
Compared to traditional media on Instagram, we are one of the top-performing climate platforms in organic audience engagement (Environment’s engagement rate is nearly 10x that of accounts like @grist, @cnnclimate, @nowthisearth, etc).The growth was also incredible – growing 19% in 2023 (~around 135,000 followers).
In 2023 alone, Environment garnered 77 million impressions and 10 million engagements.
On a micro level, here are some comments from our community:
Canada wildfire coverage (https://www.instagram.com/p/CwTL2xmO8bT/?img_index=1)
Maui wildfire resource (https://www.instagram.com/p/Cvx41FJOg1n/?img_index=1)
The Environment team has fundraised $233,103 for environmental disasters such as flooding in Pakistan, earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria, and the Maui wildfires. We utilize our content and our community to raise funds for critical moments.
Environment has also hundreds of petition signatures for important social and environmental causes, such as . Additionally, both Environment and Impact registered 12,500 young voters before the 2022 midterm elections.