Today marks 50 years of Earth Day, one of the most successful environmental movements in history. For decades, millions of people have celebrated Earth Day by promoting recycling, picking up litter, learning about climate change and advocating for environmental protection policies.
This year, all Earth Day events will be held virtually—but that isn’t the only way the pandemic is changing how we interact with environmental issues. With millions of people worldwide staying home to flatten the curve of COVID-19, people are turning to social media to stay connected and entertained.
But recently, seemingly innocent posts about the pandemic have revealed a darker side of environmentalism.
There’s been a swell of posts on Twitter and…