It has become widely recognized that social media can have negative impacts on an individual. Many people have opted to unplug or limit their time. Our phones even provide a breakdown of how much time we spend on our phones and on which apps. Recently, however, I have found myself defending social media. Now hear me out – over the last few years I have made a conscious effort to shift my content to be more educational. I have found that the availability of educational pages and accounts have increased, making this diversification easier. Climate change and sustainability have always been important to me, and now, I have found a new way to stay informed.
I consider sustainability to be more of a lifestyle than a passion, but I suppose it kind of ends up being both. Through social media, I now have access to all kinds of informational accounts ranging from ways to reduce one’s waste to information about the fashion industry’s detrimental impacts on the environment. I even get weekly updates on “environmental wins” around the world. I first became cognizant of the fact that my social media had shifted to being more of a resource than a social network when my boyfriend, who was on a social media hiatus, found himself less in the loop on topics important to both of us. We began to discuss the pros and cons of social media, and there I was, defending it. Social media has the capability of being a powerful tool to exchange information; however, as Uncle Ben once said, “With great power comes great responsibility”. So, two rules I try to follow when using social media are:
- Fact check. When learning something new, do some additional research to verify that the information is factual.
- Consume consciously. This applies to both the type of content and amount of content one is consuming. Be mindful, take everything with a grain of salt, and be sure to experience real life as well.
Here are some accounts that I enjoy following that I have found helpful in my pursuit of living a more sustainable life.
Jill Roth | P. Eng, ENV SP
Note from the Author: Joining the luuceo team has forced me out of my comfort zone in all the best ways. In a short time, I have been able to contribute to the engagement side of the business that is not typically my “jam”. Particularly our podcast for International Women’s Day, and now writing a blog.