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Check Out What the #10yearchallenge Would Look Like If Nature Took Part Instead of People

The #10YearChallenge is extremely popular. Both celebrities and ordinary people use this hashtag to share their photos from 2009 and show what has changed in their lives over the past 10 years. But some organizations, brands, and social media users are using this challenge for more globally significant comparisons, showing what has happened to our world in such a short period of time.

The Bright Side team thinks that it is really important to talk about this topic and offers you the chance to take a look at what our planet used to look like in 2009 and what it looks like now.

It took nature hundreds of thousands of years to create something that took humanity only 10 years to destroy.

The same forest in 2009 and 2019.

Coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate all around the globe. They need our help.

Mendenhall glacier in Alaska

It will take about 200 years for one plastic bottle to decompose.

How Switzerland has changed:

The Caribbean

Rivers and lakes are also shrinking as growing populations demand more water. Pesticide and fertilizer run-off from farmland can also pollute what little is left.

Forests in South America and Central Africa are also shrinking because of logging and deforestation.


The challenge for the next 10 years is to stop this:

Where are the tights you wore in 2009? Most likely, they look like this now.

It takes several decades for clothes to decompose, for example, tights need about 30-40 years.

Scary, right?

The Spix Macaw (Blue Macaw) officially went extinct in the wild in 2018, mostly due to mass deforestation.

2009 and 2019

This is how our planet has changed in just 10 years.

But there are also some positive changes. For example, people are figuring out how to live in a more eco-friendly way and reduce using plastics.

As you can see, this site has changed dramatically over a decade. Thanks to the dedication of the Orangutan Centre Forest Restoration Team, orangutans and other wildlife now live in this forest again.

“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 in Brazil.”

It is important to remember that we have the power to change this situation. If we take better care of our planet, in 100 years our oceans could look like this again:

In order to make sure that in 2029, the new #10YearChallenge is more optimistic, all of us need to have a much more eco-friendly lifestyle: stop using plastic, sort our trash, and stop buying things we don’t really need. We are sure that these small and simple steps can lead to huge changes in the future.

Which of these photos amazed you the most? Tell us in the comment section below.

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