Pop culture has become a motivator for future generations using mass media to express the values of society. Pop culture is the most popular platform for young people. Many celebrities and influencers use social media to convey their personal beliefs. Social media and pop culture can have a significant impact on people’s thoughts about many issues. The impact of pop culture, celebrities, and influencers on our understanding of the environment is positive since they use their social media to express their ideas and concerns about climate change.
Climate change influencers come in many different forms. For example, Greta Thunberg is a seventeen-year-old Swedish environmental activist whose main focus is on climate change. She is known for leading the biggest world wide climate strike in history on September 20th, 2018. In March 2019, Thunberg was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She has spoken to the United Nations, US Congress, and the UK Parliament about climate change and has also addressed politicians around the world about their lack of action in this area.
Additionally, Thunberg has ten million followers on Instagram, which goes to show that people are listening to what she has to say about climate change and her voice is being heard. While Greta Thunberg was initially an activist, rather than a celebrity, other environmental influencers use their platforms to address ongoing issues related to climate change.
Leonardo DiCaprio is an environmentalist and an actor. He has won several accolades and is a three-time Academy Award nominee. He also has his own production company and works behind the camera and not just as an actor.
Not only is DiCaprio passionate about acting but he is an avid environmental activist In August 2016, Dicaprio spoke at the Paris Summit about climate change to hundreds of mayors and local leaders from around the world. He addressed the importance of restoring the balance of climate systems in cities. DiCaprio has supported twenty-nine different charities and foundations that relate to environmental issues. DiCaprio has his own website and social media related to his DiCaprio Foundation, which are motivating and encouraging the public to take responsibility on key environmental issues. According to their website, the goal of Leonardo DiCaprio’s foundation is to help present-day projects succeed. There are 132 organizations supported and 200+ projects funded. The foundation focuses on six major areas- wildlife and landscape, marine life and oceans, climate change, media, science and technology, Environmental Now California Program and Indigenous Rights. They have awarded one hundred million in grant money since 1998 to these programs, continuing to work towards making environmental improvements around the world.
Not only do actors use pop culture as a way to communicate their viewpoints but politicians also use mass media to share their opinions. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an American politician serving as the US representative for New York’s 14th cCongressional district. In her time in Congress, she has proposed the Climate Equality Act, on July 29th 2019. This act will protect low income communities so that they also benefit from climate change plans in their cities or towns. She also supported the Green New Deal, which enables all of the nation’s power to come from renewable sources. Ocasio-Cortez has 4.2 million followers on Instagram, indicating how widespread her environmental ideas are to the public.
Pop culture affects society in many different kinds of ways. Pop culture can help you strengthen and develop your interactions with others who may share the same interests or cultural values. Many influencers and celebrities use different kinds of social media platforms to impact thoughts and public opinions, and most recently, a lot of these individuals have used their public profile to raise awareness of environmental issues.