Even as we sit here, agog at the latest Trump soap opera drama (played out on Instagram meme accounts) or his equally slimy counterpart Boris Johnson over the pond, the facts are in: we’ve just lived through the hottest June – globally – in more than a century. July doesn’t look much better either – if you think Singapore is unbearable, France has just hit an astounding 42.5 degrees – an all-time high for the country as well as much of Europe.
The facts don’t change – it’s only going to get hotter in the future. And remember, rising temperatures are but only one aspect of the climate crisis. Rising temperatures also result in numerous side-effects, many of which are still being discovered – such as the increasing instability of plastic water bottles (FYI: scorching temperatures means the chemicals that make up the bottle leach into the water you’re drinking).
Yes it is depressing and it’s tempting to just scroll past and ignore the problem.
Which is why we’re rounding up the newest approach to addressing the issue: climate change meme accounts on Instagram. There’s not much to wax lyrical about the nature of these accounts – it’s all in the name – but they’ve all cropped up over the past year or so and if anything, they present a lighthearted, digestible take on the most dire issue right now (and for the foreseeable future).
And for us, anything that raises awareness and keeps the environment conversation front and center, can only a great thing. Here, some of our favourite eco memes and the accounts (our favourites are @climemechange and @basicenvironmentalist) behind them – just remember to hit follow:
*Cover image: @basicenvironmentalist Instagam
On keeping it in perspective:
On influencers hawking “sustainable” products (tip: it’s best to use what you already have or otherwise, try vintage/second-hand):
On the idiocy of climate change deniers:
On our (potential) future if we continue at this pace:
On *very* serious questions we should be asking now:
On solutions and a note of positivity:
On not green-shaming people who are trying to be more eco-conscious (even if it’s just one straw at a time):
On something we’d like to do: