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I find that it's difficult to associate with other sustainable thinkers, especially with the biggest sustainability challenge of them all - global warming.

Is there some really famous green social media network / plug-in that I could use to associate with nearby sustainable/green thinkers?

I would really like to make my carbon footprint as small as possible, and nearby people would help.

Almost all of the websites in this list found on Google are dead or dying...

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    I have also really struggled with this (finding people nearby who are interested in sustainability). Making a big lifesyle change is tough on your own! The charity I work for is interested in this area though - I'll see if anyone is doing anything. – aucuparia Feb 19 '15 at 10:20
  • where in the world are you? – EnergyNumbers Feb 19 '15 at 15:03
  • @Energy Numbers Romania – Sustainable Programmer Feb 19 '15 at 18:22
  • There are many lending/swapping websites, sometimes operating regionally (like Peerby). I'm not sure you would include those, and asking for listing them here would be off-topic (too broad). – Jan Doggen Sep 13 '16 at 14:30
  • How close does it need to be? Put a notice in the local paper/in the newsagent/in school and organise meatspace meetings. – RedSonja Oct 4 '16 at 13:15
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As far as I know there isn't a "really famous green social media network / plug-in" where lots of green-minded people hang out and where you can just select the ones that live close to you. It's probably easier (and perhaps also more efficient) to reach out to real-life groups and communities in your area. Nevertheless you can try the following:

Nearby

  • Local LinkedIn Groups: your best shot may be to try and find a local sustainability or carbon footprint-related group on LinkedIn. I followed some interesting discussions in local groups in the past myself.

Alternatives (not necessarily nearby)

If you really want to connect to people using the Internet then why not broaden your scope and connect to anyone, no matter where they live? There are lots of people all over the world who are willing to provide advice on how to reduce your carbon footprint. To name a few possibilities:

  • MOOCS: sign up for interesting sustainability, global warming or other carbon footprint-related courses on MOOC platforms like Coursera and Edx. The best courses have active discussion forums and you can learn a lot from them.

  • Twitter: I don't use it personally, but I know of other people who connected to similarly-minded people after they started following a specific tag. Twitter has a #carbonfootprint tag

  • Joulebug: with the Joulebug app (no affiliation) you can compete in local or global challenges or with friends. It has people from all over the world, but the majority seems to be from the US. If you're lucky you may be able to find a person living close to you, but the number of active users is limited and it's hard to determine where people come from (no location data on profiles)

  • This website: you could also use this site to connect to other people. We have a sustainability chat room. It's usually not very active, but we only need 2 or 3 regular visitors there to change that. You could also just post a discussion question on chat if no-one is around and wait for reactions.

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Meetup.com has all sorts of groups with different interests, and I am sure you will find a nearby group that aligns with yours. It is designed to show you what is happening close to you.

In a different manner, what I would call a "green" social network also relates to how it functions and the principles on which it was designed. I know you are asking specifically about connecting to nearby folks to reduce you carbon footprint, but consider this: The Federation is a bunch of different Free Software-based social networks that can interact with each other. One of them is Diaspora, which is Free Software that you can host yourself (and run the server on renewable energy if you want to ;) ), but you can also try to find a local pod to sign up. You can even create a local pod that is specifically focused on sustainability, because you can personalise the software. I think that those alternative social networks are sustainable "sensu lato" because it is Free Software, focused on respecting privacy, decentralised, and built to be interoperable. And to tell you the truth, a very big chunk of the users are quite interested in reducing their environmental footprint, because that's the kind of crowd that those networks attract.

Finally, I can think of a different way to connect to like-minded people: start volunteering with an organisation or a political party that is aligned with your interest in reducing your carbon footprint, and has a significant number of members in their local branch. You are likely to find very motivated people that already have a system in place to communicate and organise actions.

Good luck, and keep us informed of what you find!

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