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Viral challenge encourages people to clean up garbage

Viral challenge encourages people to clean up garbage”

Every few days we have a new one coming up.

TrashTag challenge from Portland, Oregon.

The #Trashtag Challenge has been around for years, but it was just last week that it got attention when people posted photos of before and after's of those areas that they cleaned up.

"Trends like #trashtag allow people from all walks to be satisfied".

Instead of encouraging social media users to do something potentially risky, like choking down a spoonful of cinnamon or sticking a shot glass on your lips to copy Kylie Jenner, an altogether more wholesome viral challenge is spreading across the web.

So forget about all the nonsensical tidepod or bidbox challenges, a positive one has now taken the spotlight.

The first use of the trend #trashtag was done back in the year 2015. But it resurfaced online when a Facebook post was directed at bored teens, asking them to be a part of this #Trashtag Challenge. It got nearly a new life as many youngsters joined along with more than 25,000 posts already on Instagram alone.

"With statistics indicating that there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050, the world must step up and commit to a more concrete action plan to generate solutions that can reverse these statistics", said Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment. We have done enough of waste that somehow remains unattended and such challenges only reinstate the idea of making this world a cleaner place. On Instagram alone, there were more than 25,000 posts with the hashtag #trashtag - variations include #trashtagchallenge and #trashchallenge.



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