Not so long ago, photos of unusually clear water in Venice canals went viral. The images showed fish swimming around and there were even reports of swans floating around. People were happy to see nature 'cleansing itself'. However, while the canals may look beautiful, the mayor's office in Venice told CNN that the change is not actually due to improved water quality.

"The water now looks clearer because there is less traffic on the canals, allowing the sediment to stay at the bottom," a spokesman said. "It's because there is less boat traffic that usually brings sediment to the top of the water's surface."

Not only that, but the swans also regularly appear in the canals of Burano, a small island in the greater Venice metropolitan area.

Similarly, people started sharing other false evidence of 'healing' nature and since the pandemic has us locked inside our homes, they continued blaming mankind and its dirty everyday life for the initial damage. Some even went as far as to say that 'we are the virus'. Reduced pollution and the unexpected return of wild animals have been the main narratives, preaching that coronavirus is 'Earth’s vaccine'.

All of this is a clear case of eco-fascism (the idea that individuals have to sacrifice themselves for the greater good of nature). One could argue that the main reason why nature has been able to blossom in the days during the lockdown is a direct result of reduced activity by corporations, not the actions of individuals. As a result, counter-memes were born, poking fun at the eco-fascists and their blanket statements.

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aliya moran
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1 year ago

Yes, ... or..spring?

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The above-mentioned examples highlight how quickly eye-popping, too-good-to-be-true rumors can spread in times of crisis. People are drawn to sharing posts that make them emotional. "When we're feeling stressed, joyous," Natasha Daly wrote in National Geographic, "Animal footage can be an irresistible salve. The spread of social phenomena is so powerful, 2016 research shows that it can follow the same models that trace the contagion of epidemics."

Getting a lot of likes and comments “gives us an immediate social reward,” Erin Vogel, a social psychologist and postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, said. In simple words, when people notice and react to our content online, we feel good. Posting on social media temporarily boosts one's self-esteem.

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Lama Lady
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1 year ago

Ah the breadbird! Haven't seen him in so long. Bless him

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"In times when we're all really lonely, it's tempting to hold onto that feeling, especially if we're posting something that gives people a lot of hope," Vogel added. The idea that animals and nature could flourish during this pandemic "could help give us a sense of meaning and purpose—that we went through this for a reason."

But before we start calling ourselves 'viruses' that 'infect the Earth', it's worth mentioning that 100 companies across the globe are responsible for 71% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. And while it's true that our own actions contribute to the well-being of our environment, without any significant changes in the way these big companies operate, there will likely be no noticeable change or "cure".

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aliya moran
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1 year ago

Wow. You mean people are recognizing nature, and even lifting bridges for it? this is progress!

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With less pollution out in NY the sky whales have finally returned!

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Lama Lady
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1 year ago

So beautiful ! Also, remember to take your fever medication

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ADHORTATOR
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1 year ago

Uh oh---- I am not sure if that's is good for people living on the shore of the baltic sea...

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aliya moran
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1 year ago

Nice.

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aliya moran
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1 year ago

....so, the whole amber & mosquito theory was fake? and the dinosaurs were in hiding all these years?? I can never watch those movies again.😰

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more like Earth Mars 2019

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Vicky
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1 year ago

Haha this one made me laugh I was eating breakfast while reading this and I was eating Bread

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Nancy Doughty
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1 year ago

Where are those people with the popcorn?

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chi-wei shen
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1 year ago

For those who don't know: The spaghetti tree hoax was the April Fools' Day joke 1957 by the BBC.

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Lama Lady
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1 year ago

Not funny. Those ppl who threw em in are just assh*les

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Jace
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1 year ago

Point for the effort of growing chia in an old Dell office machine...

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aliya moran
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Wait... is this one real??😧

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BiLal Asif
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1 year ago

Yeahy unicorn

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Lama Lady
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1 year ago

The Upsidedownswan ? Neat

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1 year ago

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wait acctually?

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J Rob
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1 year ago

Every streetlamp seems to beat a fatalistic warning Someone mutters, and a streetlamp gutters, And soon it will be morning

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maya P.K
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1 year ago

lol

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Clemson06
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1 year ago

10/10 would take a dump in there.

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aliya moran
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1 year ago

Because who doesn't love the clear, chlorine water!

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Avery S Alberico
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1 year ago

This is hilariously bad photoshop! XD I LOVE THIS

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aliya moran
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1 year ago

Seriously, why do people do this?? Just put it in ur yard with a 'free' sign attached to it.

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aliya moran
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1 year ago

NESSIE!!!!

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Wottermehlon Doge
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1 year ago

they're just vibing tho..

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aliya moran
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1 year ago

I was so confused until I saw the remote.

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aliya moran
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1 year ago

😯awww. Now I can't eat it!

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A2Bros
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1 year ago

This better be only put up for the post and taken down after done.

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Jace
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1 year ago

Wasteful assholes.

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Jace
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1 year ago

Litter.

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