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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Guinny
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2 months ago

if your stuck in quarantine the last thing you want is the sound of a lorikeet screeching 😂

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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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months ago

So beautiful ! Also, remember to take your fever medication

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Roald Andresen
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2 months ago

I am shore (pun intended) that the Scots are happy to see this. Vikings will free them from the clammy hands of Boris.

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aliya moran
Community Member
2 months ago

Nice.

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aliya moran
Community Member
2 months 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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⚞ Katniss Everdeen ⚟
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1 month ago

@Jace, that wasn't the point of the joke

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chi-wei shen
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1 month ago

That's the domesticated baguette, not to be mixed up with the wild baguette from the forests.

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Nancy Doughty
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1 month ago

Where are those people with the popcorn?

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chi-wei shen
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1 month 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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2 months ago

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

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Jace
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1 month ago

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

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LoPandas
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1 month ago

You know the comments be bad when the first one to pop up is hidden

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BiLal Asif
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1 month ago

Yeahy unicorn

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Lama Lady
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2 months ago

The Upsidedownswan ? Neat

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Avery S Alberico
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1 month ago

This is why Sharknado was made, to teach us what to do if we ever see this ! *cracks up mid-sentence

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Youdontneed2know
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1 month ago

2020 is humans being punished for making Cats

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maya P.K
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1 month ago

i like the girrrafe just chillin in the middle of the road

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Up All Night
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1 month ago

Let the doggo drink from it

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aliya moran
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2 months ago

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

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Avery S Alberico
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1 month ago

This is hilariously bad photoshop! XD I LOVE THIS

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sabocat
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2 months ago

Now opposed to the Lime vandals, these are assholes!

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aliya moran
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2 months ago

NESSIE!!!!

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Wottermehlon Doge
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1 month ago

they're just vibing tho..

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aliya moran
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2 months ago

I was so confused until I saw the remote.

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Susoul Cats
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1 month ago

I never knew cake floated

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A2Bros
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1 month 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 month ago

Wasteful assholes.

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Bláthnaid O’Loughlin
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1 month ago

What are these?

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