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Green And Meme: The Instagram Meme Accounts Tackling Climate Change

It's the most dire problem we've ever faced, but these new Instagram meme accounts are providing a fun take on climate change

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:

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Plastics shouldn’t be part of our world 💁🏼‍♀️ ____ PPL TAKE A JOKE. Plastic is a serious issue on our oceans and sometimes using a current topic to bring awareness to an issue is what’s needed. So many people want to laugh at memes all day and care way too much about things that don’t matter, yet be ignorant to what’s happening to our planet. To me, this is a bridge that fills the gap between pop culture and the environment. ____ Im annoyed that people care more about someone changing their hair color or looking a certain way than how our GLOBAL temperature is changing and how the state of our planet is looking…because it’s in need of our attention. So, hopefully this sparks some interest. 🙅🏼‍♀️

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mmmmm plastic

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On influencers hawking “sustainable” products (tip: it’s best to use what you already have or otherwise, try vintage/second-hand):

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Yesterday we had a great discussion in the story about how sustainable "sustainable influencers" really are. Just wanted to draw attention to 3 awesome women in different corners of the sustainability world who have provided great insight on this recently: @unwrinkling wrote a powerful piece about how we don't really need more sustainable fashion brands if we want sustainable outcomes. Check it out in her bio. @earthwanderess had a really informative post today about the CO2 impact of flying compared to other consumer and dietary choices, and I've gotten lots of messages today about how eye opening it was for some people. @jmpyper wrote me a great message about how systemic change in energy use and other areas rather than individual change needs to be the focus, there's quite a bit of privilege involved in pushing for individual change, and it's less likely to move the needle as population grows and new middle class families who deserve a good life emerge. If you haven't seen her work with @greentechmedia and @poli_climate, you must. Overall, if you're still reading this, I'd like to challenge you to think about whether some brand has pushed you to make a supposedly "sustainable" consumer choice to feel good about yourself, but none of the countless ads you see throughout a day encourage you to explore the numbers behind what's driving our environmental problems and how we can solve them collectively. In conclusion, here's Keanu.

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On the idiocy of climate change deniers:

 

On our (potential) future if we continue at this pace:

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Ah the forty years from now challenge

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On *very* serious questions we should be asking now:

 

On solutions and a note of positivity:

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Kale bae coming to you on Meatless Monday

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Good news guys

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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:

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OOO until further notice 💁🏼‍♀️

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And lastly, for the corporates prioritising profits over all else:

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