People Use 10-Year Challenge to Show How Devastatingly Different Our Planet Looks

If you've spent any time online in the past few weeks, you've surely come across the 10-Year Challenge. This viral fad, which has people posting side by side photos of themselves shot ten years apart, has been taking the internet by storm. Some people are seizing the opportunity to remind us of a different kind of evolution that's taken place over the past 10 years—changes that are much more important than a few wrinkles and additional pounds.

Around the globe, environmental organizations are taking advantage of the #10YearChallenge to show just how different our planet looks now versus then. And with the help of celebrity activists like Leonardo DiCaprio and Gisele Bündchen, the message is getting out there.

DiCaprio retweeted Greenpeace's 10-Year Challenge, which showed the grim reality of what one century has done to the Arctic, reminding his followers, “What will the Arctic look like in 10 more years? becomes more urgent every day. It is my hope that both we, as individuals, and the organizations that represent us treat climate change as the urgent threat that it is.”

DiCaprio's foundation, which focuses on environmental preservation, also highlighted deforestation as their contribution to the 10-Year Challenge. Striking aerial images of Brazil's Rondonia region shows the incredible difference in the Amazon rainforest over the course of a decade—and not for the better.

For her part, Gisele Bündchen paid homage to a project near and dear to her heart. She showed off the incredible progress her Agua Limpa Project has made in her native country of Brazil. After planting 40,000 trees on a river bank, the project has helped improve water quality and created a wildlife corridor since it began in 2009. Her post is a hopeful glimpse of what can happen when people take action.


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#10yearchallenge is a great opportunity to reflect. Have you ever stopped to think where you were 10 years ago? What were the dreams you had for yourself and for the world? What are you most proud of today? If you ask me, I would say that, besides creating and nurturing my own family, I´m also very proud of the Agua Limpa Project, that my family and I created 10 years ago to help to better the quality of the water in my hometown – Brazil. In the beginning it was challenging, but we had a dream and a deep desire to be helpful. 10 years later, I’m happy to say that we did it! We planted more than 40,000 trees on the river banks that not only improved the water quality and helped to preserve the area for the future generations but also created an ecological corridor that brought wildlife back! It´s incredible to see when we give Nature a helping hand, she does the rest and thrives. The more we take care of Nature the better she can take care of us. We are all connected. 🌱💧🌳🙏🏼 ☀️🌎 #10yearschallenge é uma ótima oportunidade para refletir. Você já parou para pensar onde você estava há 10 anos? Quais eram os sonhos que você tinha para si e para o mundo? Do que você mais se orgulha hoje? Se você me perguntasse isso diria que, além de criar e cuidar da minha própria família, também tenho muito orgulho do Projeto Água Limpa, que minha família e eu criamos 10 anos atrás para ajudar a melhorar a qualidade da água na cidade em que cresci. No começo foi desafiador, mas tínhamos um sonho e um profundo desejo de fazermos algo positivo. Dez anos depois, fico feliz em dizer que conseguimos! Plantamos mais de 40.000 árvores nas margens do rio que não só melhoraram a qualidade da água, ajudando a preservar a área para as futuras gerações, mas também criaram um corredor ecológico que trouxe a vida selvagem de volta! É incrível ver que, quando damos uma mãozinha a natureza, ela se encarrega do resto e prospera. Quanto mais cuidamos da natureza, melhor ela pode cuidar de nós. Estamos todos conectados.

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But it's not just celebrities taking up the cause. Across the internet, people are sharing photographs of coral reefs, glaciers, and forests to hammer home the point that, as a planet, we can't wait any longer to take a stand against Climate Change.

Across the internet, people are using the 10-Year Challenge to raise concerns about the state of the environment and call for climate action.

h/t: [Green Matters]

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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