GAFTG Founder and Delaware Riverkeeper, Maya van Rossum, has been selected as one of six semi-finalists of a global competition show called The Activist, organized by Global Citizen and set to air on CBS this Fall. In this new competition series, there are 3 teams with ONE GOAL: create impactful movements that drive action and advance them to the G20 Summit in Rome, Italy. The finalists get to make a presentation of a lifetime in front of impactful world leaders.
The finale will feature musical performances by some of the world’s most passionate artists. In the end, all walk away as Global Citizens but one walks away with the title of The Activist. Check out Maya’s profile here.
Social Media engagement is a major part of the scoring of this competition. Follow Maya’s special competition handle “@mvr_theactivist” on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. Like, Share, & Engage using #KeepItGreenMaya to help raise up the power and value of Maya’s brand of environmental activism and advance critical change.
Mission 3: August 24 – ongoing!
For Maya’s final challenge to raise up the power of environmental activism, she is elevating the power and importance of trees for climate, flooding, and community. She is on the ground in New Orleans and working with Angela Chalk and Healthy Community Services to call on Congressional Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to prioritize and secure efforts to plant 300,000 trees in BIPOC and low-income communities. Here’s what you can do to support this cause on social media:
TWITTER: Like, Comment, & Retweet any and all of Maya’s posts on Twitter. Add to your caption/comment: #KeepItGreenMaya and tag @SenSchumer @chuckschumer and @SpeakerPelosi. Here’s an easy pre-made tweet to get you started: bit.ly/NeedTrees
INSTAGRAM: Like, Comment & Share any and all of Maya’s posts on Instagram. Add to your caption/comment: #KeepItGreenMaya and tag @SenSchumer @chuckschumer and @SpeakerPelosi
Government has failed to help BIPOC and low-income communities plant healthy native trees that provide necessary environmental, economic, and safety benefits in New Orleans and across the nation. Some of these benefits include improving air and water quality, lowering household cooling costs, addressing stormwater runoff, and helping to address community flooding and flood damages.
Mission 2: August 18 – 23
The Social Media component of Mission 2 is to call on Governor Flávio Dino Maranhão, to lead Amazonian states to commit to ending deforestation, securing Indigenous rights, and creating green jobs.
- TWEET: Use this pre-made tweet and encourage your friends & family to keep tweeting, always using #KeepItGreenMaya and tagging @mvr_theactivist.
- MAKE A VIDEO: Post a short video clip on the importance of trees and the need to protect the Amazon rainforest! Tag @mvr_theactivist and @FlavioDino to express the benefits that trees provide in terms of climate, environmental, and generational protection; and for supporting happy and healthy lives. Stitch or duet Maya’s TikTok. Or post to Instagram!
- LIKE, COMMENT, & SHARE: Like & comment on Maya’s posts on Instagram and TikTok tagging @FlavioDino and #KeepItGreenMaya. Repost on your profile and encourage your followers to like & comment.
Protecting the Amazon Rainforest is critical to averting Climate Catastrophe and yet over 11,000 km2 is destroyed each year due to logging, mining, and burning — that’s about 10 times the size of New York City. We are reaching the tipping point of our climate emergency, but it’s not too late to take critical, transformational action. Governor Flávio Dino has the power to lead the Amazon consortium to this meaningful action.
Mission 1: August 11-16
This past week, Maya became a Living Tree, walking around and engaging with people on the boardwalk at Venice Beach to inspire them to contact world leaders and get their commitment to protect 30% of our planet’s lands, forests and oceans by 2030 as an irreplaceable part of averting climate crisis. She created a Twitter & Instagram Storm, targeting G20 President Mario Draghi and urging him to take the 30 by 30 Pledge.