On World Environment Day, young UN environmental goodwill ambassadors urge people to take advantage of the community and collaboration that comes with environmentalism.
Actor, producer and activist Adrian Grenier has been using the hashtags #StopSucking and #StrawlessSkies in his social media campaign to get his followers and others to quit using plastic straws, Fortune reported.
“It’s really incumbent on the ambassador to make of this role what they will, and I see it as a great opportunity to expand my message,” Grenier said. “I’m trying to make a big dent in the plastic problems in our oceans.”
Lonely Whale, an incubator co-founded by Grenier aimed at creating market-based change on behalf of the ocean, partnered with Alaska Airlines to remove straws from their flights, and there is more legislation of this nature on the horizon worldwide.
Official “Environmental Advocate” for United Nations Environmental Programme: Wild For Life Initiative Aidan Gallagher, an actor, known for The Umbrella Academy (2019), Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (2014) and Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2016 (2016) thinks educating his young fans and encouraging them to take action for the environment is important because of the influence they can have in the digital age.
“What I try to do on my Instagram is provoke discussion and share environmental and sustainability messages,” Gallagher said. “Because of social media today, the youth have more power in their hands than they’ve ever had.”
Grenier said he admires the work that Gallagher is doing to better the oceans and the environment as a whole at such a young age.