Twitter watch: Who to follow at UN climate summit

Keep an eye on these Twitter accounts to keep afloat of the Ban Ki-moon #TwitterStorm

Pic: Danilo Ramos/Flickr

Pic: Danilo Ramos/Flickr

By Sophie Yeo

Next week will be an historic moment for climate change, with world leaders gathering in New York and activists marching through every major city in the world.

To make the most of it all, there’s only one place to be: sat behind a computer glued to twitter.

To help you along, we’ve drawn together a list of accounts we think will provide the best intelligence and take you closest to the action.

You can also follow the hashtags #climate2014 for information on the Summit and #PeoplesClimate for updates on activist movements.

Please post any further suggestions below, especially any top business tweeters, or message us at @RTCCclimatenews.


@pilitaclark – Pilita Clark, Financial Times, reporting from New York

@rtcc_edking – Ed King, RTCC, reporting from New York

@fionaharvey – Fiona Harvey, Guardian, reporting from New York

@JessicaBG – Jess Shankleman, Business Green, reporting from New York

@rtcc_megan – Megan Darby, RTCC

@LFFriedman – Lisa Friedman, Climate Wire, reporting from New York

@johnupton – reporter for Climate Central

@rtcc_sophie – Sophie Yeo, RTCC

Government leaders/officials

@BarackObama – President of the United States

@David_Cameron – Prime Minister of the UK

@dilmabr – President of Brazil

@JuanManSantos – President of Colombia

@fhollande – President of France

@PrakashJavdekar – Indian environment minister, sent in lieu of Modi

@GregBarkerMP – UK prime minister’s envoy on climate change

@MinisterTdB – Tony de Brum, Foreign minister of the Marshall Islands

@CHedegaardEU – Connie Hedegaard, EU climate commissioner

@QuamrulChow2030 – Bangladesh climate envoy


@rkyte365 – Rachel Kyte, World Bank vice president and special envoy for climate change

@thomaslingard – Unilever’s head of sustainability

@PwCclimateready – Jonathan Grant and his green team of consultants

@bluNiall – BT’s chief sustainability officer

@richardbranson – a “tie loathing adventurer” also founding member of Carbon War Room

@CDP_PaulS – CDP chief executive Paul Simpson

@arhobley – head of Carbon Tracker, one to follow for #carbonbubble updates


@Climate2014Live – Official UN account for Climate Summit

@UN_Spokesperson – Ban Ki-moon’s official spokesperson

@CFigueres – Christiana Figueres, the UN’s top climate official

@Nick_Nuttall – the UN’s head of climate comms


@pandaclimate – WWF’s head of climate and enerrgy Sam Smith

@Peoples_Climate – Official account of the People’s Climate March, taking place on 21 September

@Avaaz – Coordinating a petition to present to world leaders

@FloodWallStreet – Mass sit-in of people wearing blue in Wall Street on 22 September

@Agent350 – Jamie Henn,’s most prolific Tweeter…and communications director

@billmckibben – Founder of

@kuminaidoo – CEO of Greenpeace


@LeoDiCaprio – Recently appointed UN messenger of peace. Will address world leaders at Summit

@climate_rev – Vivienne Westwood’s climate group. The designer will march in London

@itspetergabriel – Peter Gabriel will march in London

@MarkRuffalo – Hulk actor will march in New York

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