How Instagram evolved from a digital scrapbook to a prolific tool for self-education, and how to use it as such.
By Sonia Kovacevic.
When Instagram launched a decade ago (yes, it’s been that long), the photo-sharing app garnered 25,000 users in just one day and 1 million registered users in the first month. The release’s timing was providential, as the iPhone 4 – which featured an improved camera – launched just a few months earlier. While everyone was snapping away on their new phones, Instagram began to serve as a modern-day scrapbook. Fast-forward to today, users have created a space that fosters community and learning, allowing the app to become a go-to resource for bite-sized pieces of informative content.
Below we share some of the platform’s most informative accounts, covering climate change, social justice, fashion, and personal growth.
Launched by the iconic environmental trio, Finn Harries, Jack Harries, and Alice Aedy, EarthRise Studio was established as a community and platform that shares information regarding the climate crisis in an accessible way. Too often, the solution to the world’s most significant problem has been shared in a manner that is unattainable – too big and complex to handle. EarthRise studio is committed to dissecting the ‘hard data, jargon and abstract graphs,’ instead, focusing on humanizing the crisis by framing it as a social justice issue. They tell stories from those living on the front lines of climate change and acknowledge that those who have contributed the least to the crisis are impacted the most.
Dubbed a ‘work in protest,’ this platform is dedicated to the practice of anti-racism work. Author Nicole Cardoza uses the space to dismantle white supremacy by analyzing current events with an anti-racism lens, sharing perspectives from local change-makers who are taking action in their own communities, and providing one specific and tactical action that readers can implement each day. It provides resources to encourage education on the movement, as well as insights into systemic and interpersonal practices that uphold white supremacy and systems of oppression. Those wondering how they can continue to support the Black Lives Matter movement should be sure to follow this page.
When Leah Thomas posted a graphic on her personal Instagram account after the murder of George Floyd, her intention was to hold the environmental community accountable for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. She had no idea it would go viral. Launched just one week later in June, her account, “Intersectional Environmentalist,” has amassed over 182k followers. The page offers the missing link in the environmental activism sphere. Borrowing the term ‘intersectionality’ from lawyer and professor Kimberlé Crenshaw who coined it regarding the feminist movement, the Intersectional Environmentalist is focused on inclusivity, advocating for the protection of, and justice for, both people and planet. The platform offers resources, information, and action steps focused on dismantling systems of oppression and the white-washed narrative that has overcome the environmental movement.
Our go-to account to find out about the latest news regarding global fashion. Covering everything from sustainability, new organizations in the space, to brand innovations, and just general creativity. To go a little deeper, Foundashion recently launched a bi-weekly newsletter to take a further look into the top stories of the past fortnight, accompanied by powerful imagery.
Navigating the plethora of education resources out there can commonly result in an information overload, and can detract you from one of the most important things to learn about: yourself. Writer Mimi Zhu vulnerably shares reflections that prompt thought from readers, encouraging followers to ask themselves questions that allow them to perceive their own lives through an alternate lens. They cover topics like the loss of a loved one, the process of grief, feeling insecure, painful patterns and cycles, resistance, and compassion. Their “Write, to Heal” series offers prompts for reflection, encouraging action among followers to be kinder to themselves.