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  • Scientists contributed to the “10-Year Challenge” with data, illustrating the reality of climate change.

    Scientists contributed to the “10-Year Challenge” with data, illustrating the reality of climate change. | Photo: Reuters

Published 17 January 2019

The hashtag has sent thousands of photos of Arabia’s ravaged country land and melting glaciers to the forefront.

Activists have harnessed the viral “10-Year Challenge” that has sent social media users scrounging through old photo albums, to bring awareness to war and climate change.

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The hashtag has brought thousands of photos of Arabia’s ravaged country land and melting glaciers to the forefront of the movement.

Since 2011, the Middle East has been the battling ground of foreign militia and various Arab governments. Warfare has levelled cities and displaced thousands, sending refugees to every corner of the world to escape the violence.

A powerful Twitter post circulated by the Communist Party of the Latin American and Caribbean Diaspora, showed before and after pictures taken in Libya in 2011, curtained with the phrase, “Before/After Imperialist Invasion.”

“Within the last 10 years in #Libya, slavery, extreme poverty and femicide have plagued the nation. This, after the US & Europe overthrew leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 as part of a direct imperialist invasion,” the organization wrote.

A photo shared by Munibar Mazari, Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Women Pakistan, pictured the incredible damage done to Syria after eight years of war and an estimated 500,000 casualties.

Scientists contributed to the “10-Year Challenge” with data, illustrating climate change and surging global temperatures with melting glaciers and decaying sea creatures.

A Twitter post from the SDG Academy read, “The real #10yearchallenge? Climate change. According to @IPCC_CH #SR15, we have just over 10 years to #ActOnClimate before we cause irreparable damage to our planet.”

Scientist Kristen Weiss tweeted, “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.”

Film maker Zara Balfour wrote, “I think what the 10 Year Challenge does is offer us a great opportunity to pause for a moment and look at how we're affecting the natural world, then modify our behaviour, especially our consumption, accordingly. #10yearchallenge #environment #savetheplanet.”


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