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Climate change memes are disrupting the feel-good ’10 year challenge’

Earth has not aged well.


Samira Sadeque


Posted on Jan 16, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 9:25 pm CDT

It’s official: We are still under the spell of 2019’s first viral photo challenge. Since last weekend, people have been using the “How Hard Did Aging Hit You” challenge, aka the #10YearChallenge, to share awkward photos from puberty or whatever uncomfortable stage of life you’d like to now own.

But it’s not all fun and games. Some marginalized communities may not want to participate out of safety concerns. Others are taking the opportunity to address an issue that’s slightly more urgent than selfies: climate change. In fact, the #10YearChallenge appears to be the perfect hashtag to document the effects of an issue that’s usually measured over the span of months or even a few years.

Organizations chimed in as well.

From melting icebergs to rising sea levels to immense pollution, these memes make clear the Earth is on literal fire. Be sure to drop one of these on your climate-denying relative next time they cry “fake news” over global warming.

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*First Published: Jan 16, 2019, 11:48 am CST