Twitter, specifically, has been a source of contention. It all started when the official National Park Service account was asked to stop tweeting after it shared photos that compared the crowd size of Trump’s inauguration to the crowd size of Obama’s inauguration in 2009. Then the official Badlands National Park Twitter went rogue and started tweeting facts about climate change. The tweets were later removed and blamed on “a former employee who was not authorized to use the park’s account.”
Since those tweets were removed, over 40 “alt” or “rogue” Twitter accounts have sprouted up to fill in for many agencies and National Parks. Some of them already have a pretty big following – currently, AltUSNatParkService has more than 1.27 million followers. So far we’re seeing climate facts, inspirational quotes about the environment, cute photos of animals, and a lot of snark (this is Twitter, after all).
So for those of you who still want to see info about climate change and the environment during this supposedly temporary crackdown, we’ve created a list of some of these accounts, especially the ones that pertain to food and agriculture. And of course, the necessary caveat: We’re not entirely sure who is running these accounts (though in the case of @AltNatParkSer, they tweeted on January 27 that “Several of us are environmental activists and two are journalists [our FACT checkers]. All of us are former scientists.)”, so we caution you to, as always, think critically about what you’re reading. If we’re missing any, feel free to let us know and we’ll update this list.
Resisting the censorship of facts and science. Truth wins in the end.
He can take our official Twitter but he’ll never take our FREEDOM. Unofficial EPA #resistance. #factsmatter
Ungagged news, links, tips, and conversation that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is unable to tell you. Not directly affiliated with @EPA.
Unofficial unaffiliated resistance account by concerned scientists for humanity.
The Alt U.S. Fish Wildlife Service (AltUSFWS) is dedicated to the conservation, protection and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats
Unofficial and unaffiliated resistance account by concerned scientists for humanity. Don’t forget to register for ObamaCare before Jan 31!
Unofficial group of science advocates. Stand up for science, rights, equality, social justice, & ultimately, for the health of humanity.
Unofficial feed of Badlands NP. Protecting rugged scenery, fossil beds, 244,000 acres of mixed-grass prairie & wildlife from two-bit cheetoh-hued despots.
The Unofficial #Resistance team of U.S. National Park Service. Come for rugged scenery, science facts & climate change information. Run by non-gov individuals
The unofficial, and unsanctioned, #Resistance team for the U.S. Forest Service. Not an official Forest Service account, not publicly funded, citizen run.
The unofficial #resistance team of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Operated by a #UScitizen that is not affiliated with any Federal Agency.
The Unofficial “Resistance” team of the NOAA. Account not tax payer subsidized. We study the oceans, and the atmosphere to understand our planet. #MASA
The Unofficial Resistance team of U.S. National Weather Service. Not taxpayer subsidized! Come for non-partisan science-based weather, water, and climate info.