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Published on March 19th, 2009 | by Timothy B. Hurst

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Twittering Eco-Politics: 10 Twitter Users You Should Follow

twitter Garnering considerable buzz in the world of politics as of late, the micro-blogging tool twitter is growing at an astonishing 1,382 percent—adding 7 million new accounts in February alone—and showing  little sign of slowing down.

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Although politicians themselves may be relative newcomers in the world of communicating in 140-character or less, those who write about and study politics aren’t. And that goes for those who favor environmental politics, too.

What is to follow is by no means an exhaustive list. I’ve also left out those accounts that only RSS feeds (while recognizing their value). I’ve certainly left off a few that belong here, but I encourage you to add them below. Remember, this is not necessarily a “Best of”, but rather a few of the eco-political twitterers I find value in. Here they are, in alphabetical order:

10 twitter users you should follow:

@emilygertz The lead blogger at change.org’s Stop Global Warming blog, Emily Gertz’s work is all over the interwebs, including powerhouses like WorldChanging, Scientific American, and Grist.

@forestpolicy Deane Rimerman keeps the Forest Policy Research website updated with news and commentary about, you guessed it, forest policy. Good stuff.

@ghoberg I first came across Prof. Hoberg while doing some research on Canadian forest policy in grad school. Though relatively new to the twitterverse, his tweets are insightful and have even given me a few story ideas.

@greenskeptic Blogging the new green economy as The Green Skeptic since 2004, Scott Anderson lends his expertise on cleantech and social-entrepreneurial ventures, along with updates on his hoops game.

@grist More than just a twitterfeed, the folks at Grist.org have developed a nice mix of links and conversational tweets on their twitterstream. While the content at Grist is not entirely politics, the content at Gristmill pretty much is — and it rocks.

@kgrandia Kevin Grandia is the Managing Editor of DeSmogBlog and also Director of New Media for Hoggan and Associates in Vancouver, Canada. When he’s not clearing the PR pollution that hovers around climate debate, he’s tweeting about politics, society and life. Never mundane.

@revkin Andrew Revkin is a long time science writer for the New York Times and leads their Dot Earth blog in addition to his print duties. His tweets often offer little snippets of what he is currently writing/researching (thus giving his followers a taste of what they can expect in tomorrow’s Times).

@sheagunther Green Options co-founder and mainstay on the green blogosphere, Shea Gunther is now blogging at Mother Nature News; a project that is already garnering considerable attention.

@sustainablog Jeff Mcintre-Strasburg has been blogging at sustainablog since 2003, which I think is right around the time Guttenberg invented the blog. Co-founder and former Senior Editor at Green Options, Jeff has a PhD in English and more than once been my go-to guy when I get caught in a grammatic pickle.

@YaleE360 With some of the most respected thinkers and doers in science and the environment, the  YaleE360 website hit the ground running with some of the most thought-provoking environmental journalism on the net when it launched in the Summer of 2008.

Of course you can follow us on twitter at @redgreenandblue; or me, Tim Hurst, at @ecopolitologist, where I tweet about environmental politics and cleantech from my Green Options and ecopolitology work, along with other links I find worthy of sharing and the occasional personal tweets and twitpics.

Now it’s your turn. Who do you follow on twitter for environmental politics (broadly defined). Maybe people should be following you, that’s cool too, just tell us. Now’s your chance.

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is the founder of ecopolitology and the executive editor at LiveOAK Media, a media network about the politics of energy and the environment, green business, cleantech, and green living. When not reading, writing, thinking or talking about environmental politics with anyone who will listen, Tim spends his time skiing in Colorado's high country, hiking with his dog, and getting dirty in his vegetable garden.



  • Jessie Alan

    Many thanks! I'm still new to the Twitterverse myself and it's a little tricky to find the "right" people to follow. An excellent news source may not provide the most excellent Tweets, after all…

    Jess

  • http://harmanonearth.wordpress.com/ greg harman

    nice little list here. found one or two to factor into the twitter feed.

    thanks!

    g

  • http://green-pepper.org.uk/ Paul @ Green Pepper

    Great list, thanks Tim. I think I'm following most of them, will make sure of it! My recommendation would be @greenmeme which is a fantastic source of 'green' news headlines and where I discovered your article!!

    Paul (aka @greenpep)

  • http://www.mbayaq.org Ken Peterson

    One more for a great list:

    Lovers of healthy oceans can follow the Monterey Bay Aquarium and its Seafood Watch program at http://twitter.com/MontereyAq.

  • http://forestpolicyresearch.org Deane

    Wow, this is great!

    Thanks for mentioning me! Us treehuggers sometimes wonder if anybody is hugging as much as we are? ; -)

    I’ve learned much seeing the way you put this post together. Great work! I’ll make sure to get this link forwarded to many eyes! You rock!

    Be well, Deane

  • Journalism

    Next time I want to waste hours of my day viewing ADHD text bursts from tree-licking kids with OCD, I'll refer to this website. Thanks, guy.

  • http://jeffkart.com/ jeffkart

    yay for grist and shea.

    twitter.com/jeffkart for michigan-based enviro news and whatever else i'm doing. you'll be hooked

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  • http://exposedplanet.com Harry, ExposedPlanet

    Great list, I have added them all.

    Cheers,

    harry
    http://twitter.com/exposedplanet

  • http://www.supereco.com Lisa @SuperEco.com

    Great additions — we'll be hooking up.

    We have another great list of green Twitterers — lots of great folks worth following:

    http://www.supereco.com/news/2009/01/30/do-you-tw

    Looking forward to connecting with everyone!

    http://twitter.com/supereco

  • http://borealbirds.org David Childs

    Kevin Grandia does a lot of research about global warming deniers…he catches some great statements coming out of some of their mouths. Revkin also a good one, he's particularly good at seeing the big picture…

  • http://www.theenergycollective.com Robin Carey

    TB: great list. I think twitter is just starting to take off for people who care about climate change, and you've put together a good resource. May we humbly add @energycollectiv and our newest site, @suscitiescollec. –

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