On May 21, 2008 many Twitter users participated in a Twit-Out in protest to the many problems the service has been having recently. In response Sarah Perez, of ReadWriteWeb, wrote How to Use Social Media for Social Change. Sarah thought that the anger users were displaying toward the Twitter outages and instability could have been directed in a more positive manner toward social causes.
I was pleased to see this article because I was feeling the same sentiment. I am addicted to and dependent on Twitter but it is a free service. And then I think about everything going on in the world and realize that Twitter hiccups are trivial in light of war, famine, food and gas prices, and the degradation of the environment. Personally, I’m trying to stay focused on the big picture
Postings on Twitter, however, are just a, hopefully, small part of an individual’s life and just because someone is complaining about outages doesn’t mean she isn’t involved in social causes. It just starts to seem that way when all the tweets are twitter complaints and not complaints about the environment and social injustice.
I started to wonder how many individuals and organizations are using Twitter to improve the world and bring awareness to environmental issues. I knew they were out there because I post as eleblog for my elephant news site in addition to kwbridge for this site and for personal use. I came up with the following list of Green and Environmental resources using twitter. There were some that I purposefully left off the list because they have not used Twitter in months. I am sure that there a lot of others that I missed, so please let me know about them in the comments and I will add them.
So, maybe start following some of these resources and getting involved with them in order to help make the world a little bit better. It will give you something to do when Twitter is down ;-) I have listed the Twitter user name and the website of the individual or group. In addition, I have created an opml file for these sites, if you would like to add them to your RSS reader.
- 100KHouse –100KHouse An attempt to build a modern and green home in Philly for $100,000 in construction costs.
- 3rblogging – 3r Blogging The blog for the owner of 3r Living, a store specializing in eco friendly products.
- aidg – Appropriate Infrastructure Resource Group The Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group (AIDG) helps individuals and communities get affordable and environmentally sound access to electricity, sanitation and clean water.
- BBC Earth – BBC Earth Nature News from the BBC
- BigGreenSwitch – guide to “greening” up your lifestyle
- CAGW – Crafting A Green World Crafting a Green World features do-it-yourself projects that incorporate reused, recycled, and natural materials
- EcoTechDaily – Green Technology, Gadgets and News and Earth911 – Making Every Day Earth Day
- earthandeconomy – Earth & Economy find, review and share green content
- eco2020 – Eco2020 Renewable Energy Information
- ecogeek – EcoGeek Writing about innovations to help save the planet
- ecopolitologist – EcoPolitology A discussion of the intersection between politics and the environment
- elaineshere – Elaine Hsieh Senior Green Building Consultant
- eleblog – eleblog Elephant News and Information (this site also belongs to me)
- globalwarming Global Warming News and Information
- gogreentube Go Green Tube Broadcast Planet Earth
- greatgreen – Great Green Goods All Products Created from Recycled Materials
- greenlagirl – Green LA Girl Siel Ju’s blog about living green in LA
- greenmom – Green and Clean Mom Reaching out to Moms to help them be more eco-savvy
- GreenPrint – Print Greener
- GreenRater – Show Me Home Energy Solutions home energy performance tests in the St. Louis metropolitan area
- greensblog – Greensblog the official blog of the Australian Greens Senators
- GreenLiving Green Living Tips and Environmental News
- greenews News about green products and trends from sciencenewsblog.com
- greenoptions – Green Options is a community and network of blogs dedicated to sustainability
- GreenSmith – Green Smith Consulting Helping forge sustainable businesses
- greenyourdecor – Green Your Decor A guide to green products for your home.
- grist – Environmental Journalism
- jcolman – The Nature Conservancy
- jejaquot – Tree Hugger
- jetsongreen – Jetson Green blogging the green building revolution
- marcalt – Marc Alt+Partners Sustainable Innovation
- MariaEnergia – Maria Energia Companies, innovations and policies leading the world toward more efficient, reliable, and secure energy in the 21st century.
- michaeldestries – EcoRazzi Companies, innovations and policies leading the world toward more efficient, reliable, and secure energy in the 21st century.
- MomGoesGreen – Mom Goes Green A Mom’s Journey to Green Living.
- NWF – National Wildlife Federation
- NikkiJade – The Green Rocket An Online Green Community
- organicmaven – Biodynamic Treechange – sustainability and organic farming in Australia
- PPnG – Planet Pink and green Where High Design Meets the Ethical Mind
- planetrelations – Public Relations for Earth Minded Businesses
- polizeros – Politics in the Zeros Musings on Politics: Anti-War, Global Warming and Otherwise
- railstotrails – Rails-to-Trails Working with communities to preserve unused rail corridors by transforming them into trails
- ReGeneration – ReGeneration sustaining the world’s natural environment
- RhinosIRF – The International Rhino Foundation
- Scott Edward Anderson – sheagunther – EarthFirst
- solveclimate – Solve Climate Chronicles Solving Global Warming
- starfocus – starfocus works for the National Wildlife Federation
- sustainablog – Sustainablog Blogging a Greener World
- thegoodhuman – The Good Human Sustainability, the Environment, and Progressive Politics
- tinychoices – Tiny Choices the tiny choices we make that impact the environment
- Wilderness – guide to “greening” up your lifestyle
- worldchanging – WorldChanging Real Solutions to Build the Future that We Want
- worldresources – World Resources Insititute Working at the Intersection of Environment and Human Needs
Other Lists of Twitter Resources
- Ten News and Information Twitter Feeds You Should Follow
- A List of News Organizations Using Twitter
- 50 Designers to Follow on Twitter
- Corporate Twitters Worth Following
- 31 WordPress Users to Follow on Twitter
Don’t know what twitter is? Read the Newbie’s Guide to Twitter by Webware.