These before and after photos proving climate change is definitely happening are devastating
The “10 year challenge” has been sweeping social media with people posting pics of themselves in 2009 versus 2019. The results have been everything from adorable to hysterical, but a new set of pictures are popping up to show a more somber side to what can happen in a decade — the terrifyingly rapid changes in our environment.
Environmental activists and scientists are using the challenge to highlight a very real concern — the dramatic changes to our planet. If you read the news, it’s no surprise to hear, but seeing the images side-by-side puts another, more depressing lens on the issue.
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The World Economic Forum puts out a yearly list of the biggest threats to our planet and for the past three years running, “extreme weather” caused by climate change has been listed at the top of the list. “Our survey respondents are increasingly worried about environmental policy failure,” the report said.
Rivers and lakes are also shrinking as growing populations demand more water. Pesticide and fertilizer run-off from farmland can also pollute what little is left. pic.twitter.com/2gnzyMVR3S— Business Insider India🇮🇳 (@BiIndia) January 18, 2019
According to Business Insider, 2018 was the hottest year on record for the world’s oceans (and are heating up 40 percent faster than previously thought), sea levels are rising, coral reefs (and the ecosystems they support) are being wiped out, and Antarctic ice is melting at a faster rate than in previous years (six times faster than in the 1980s). Glaciologists think half of Switzerland’s small glaciers will be eradicated within the next 25 years, according to Reuters.
Many of the photos showed the melting glaciers, one of the more predominant images of just how much global warming has impacted the North and South Poles. “In a worst-case scenario, called a ‘pulse,’ warmer water could cause the glaciers holding back Antarctica and Greenland’s ice sheets to collapse. That would send massive quantities of ice into the oceans, potentially leading to rapid sea-level rise around the world,” Business Insider reported.
Although many glaciers have shrunk dramatically in the last decade, juxtapositions that show their changes over a longer period of time are even more striking. pic.twitter.com/raETvbjeJR— Business Insider India🇮🇳 (@BiIndia) January 18, 2019
The top photo here shows the Rhone glacier in Switzerland now, while the bottom shows how much more ice there was in 2009. Glaciologists think half of Switzerland's small glaciers — and the streams they feed — will be gone within the next 25 years, according to Reuters. pic.twitter.com/ebtsDhP1YY— Business Insider India🇮🇳 (@BiIndia) January 18, 2019
This photo shows just how much deforestation and logging have impacted forests in South America.
Forests in South America and Central Africa are also shrinking because of logging and deforestation. pic.twitter.com/xCwqnv1eHt— Business Insider India🇮🇳 (@BiIndia) January 18, 2019
The posts are trying to bring greater public awareness to what is happening to our planet, and how much worse it could get if we don’t pay attention to how our actions affect our world.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 17, 2019
The pictures don’t tell the whole story. They don’t show what is happening to the wildlife that relies on these places as their homes. Puffins are in a rapid state of decline and have a real chance of extinction. Climate change has altered the way bears hibernate for winter. It’s also one of the leading reasons malnutrition rates are rising in the Pacific, representing the “single greatest threat to the livelihoods, security, and wellbeing of the peoples of the Pacific.”
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#10YearChallenge . Time flies by under our nose, day to day we don’t see these impacts, maybe we are lucky in that regard or maybe we aren’t because it makes us unaware of the irreversible damage we are doing to our planet. . Your choices every single day, affect the world around us. The way you choose to live, the choices you make, it affects everything. Imagine if all 7.7 billion of us stood up, chose to be more conscious ?! Making daily changes in our lives, became more conscious. It’s up to us, we don’t own this earth, we are inhabitants and share it with so many other incredible beings that we are losing at an alarming rate because humans have been so greedy. We might of caused this, but we sure as hell can turn it around again. . Let’s make the next 10 years the time we see our environment bounce back. Choose to not support animal agriculture, or animal products, eat local, grow your own food, support renewables, consume less, waste less, enjoy the outdoors, make sure your purchases aren’t detrimental to the environment, talk to kids, educate them, stop using single use plastics, speak up against deforestation, big oil drilling, animal cruelty, the exotic pet trade, just to name a few. . . Among many other choices I’ve made to help the planet, I’ve also been vegan over 10 years. Be the change you wish to see in the world 🌍 🦋🌿🐠⭐️🐟 . . #ClimateChange #FightForThePlanet #BeTheChange . Thankyou for putting a couple of these collages together @wildaware and everyone else who stood up for the climate with this challenge. If anyone else knows the original photogs for any images DM me 💙
Despite much urging, Trump still doesn’t believe these changes are real. “One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers,” Trump said during an Oval Office interview with The Washington Post. “As to whether or not it’s man-made and whether or not the effects that you’re talking about are there, I don’t see it,” he said.