These pictures are upsetting.
It’s no secret that climate change is affecting our world at a rapid rate. Last year, ocean temperatures reached a record-breaking high and sea levels could rise a foot by 2100, according to Business Insider.
A recent social media challenge called the “10-year challenge” has users capturing pictures that reflect this information. The challenge asks people to share photos of themselves in 2009 and 2019, but some environmentalists recognized this could be a chance to shine a light on the Earth’s well-being. Several of the photos, including one from New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and German soccer player Mesut Özil, showcase melting glaciers.
“We need to do everything we can to make sure this #tenyearchallenge is not the reality of our planet in 2029,” Booker said in his caption.
Another, from Planet Love Life, shows photos of a damaged coral reef. The caption reads, “Coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate all around the globe. They need our help. We are dedicated to saving ALL life on our planet, including corals.”
The effect these changes are having on animal species, some of which are now extinct, has also been highlighted.
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The world is indeed getting hotter, but there’s something we can do about it. However, a post from the SDG Academy, an online platform that provides educational resources on sustainable development, specifies that we must take action in the next decade or “we will cause irreparable damage to our planet.”