There’s a new social media trend dubbed the #10YearChallenge.
Millions of people took part in it, by posting two photographs of themselves a decade apart.
And as the new social trend grew, it was only a matter of time before someone decided to take it further.
🙏🏻 let’s make sure this DOES NOT happen 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/ZPLzLqxHRT
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) January 17, 2019
If we can post images of ourselves ten years apart, what about posting images of certain regions on Earth, ten years apart?
Eco-Charities (Greenpeace) and a number of celebrities used the viral craze to raise awareness of the drastic changes our planet is going through.
Countless images soon went viral.
— Y4WC (@Y4WC_) January 15, 2019
#10yearchallenge featuring the Halaban restoration site. As you can see, this site has changed dramatically in a decade, thanks to the dedication of the @orangutancentre #forest restoration team. #Orangutans and other wildlife now live in this forest again 💚 pic.twitter.com/zmzBcqGT4L
— SOS (@OrangutansSOS) January 17, 2019
Some of the more striking images show glaciers reduced to nearly nothing, colorful reeves that are now a wasteland, and beautiful beaches that were once clean and teeming with life, covered in plastic and trash.
Greenpeace was among the first to take advantage of the viral trend and went on to post the drastic changes.
Two images shared by Greenpeace show the terrifying effects of deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest.
In the photographs, you see the difference between a once leafy-green Amazon, teeming with life ten years ago, and what it looks like ten years apart after deforestation took over the rainforest.
People on Twitter responded saying that the #10YearChallenge is ‘the saddest you’ll see’ and the ‘only 10-year challenge we need to think about’.
A #10YearChallenge actually worth caring about (no disrespect to y'all who somehow look better now than 10 years ago): the world's glaciers are melting at alarming rates. We're losing freshwater fast, along with permafrost and precious habitats. #climatechange #seaicemelt pic.twitter.com/J7sXVtX24v
— Dr. Kristen Weiss Ⓥ | JEDI trainee (@DrKbythebay) January 16, 2019
The most drastic changes are perhaps seen in Antarctica and Greenland.
As explained by NASA, Antarctica is losing about 127 gigatonnes of ice mass every year, and Greenland loses around 286 gigatonnes each year. Scientists argue that the drastic ice loss is mostly due to rising global temperatures being absorbed by Earth’s oceans.
Further reports suggest between 2003 and 2010, Alaska’s glaciers lost a total of 46 billion tons of ice.
Plastic is another growing issue.
As noted by IFL Science, it is believed that humans throw around 80 million tons of plastic into the oceans each decade.