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Top 100 Activism Trends in 2019

From Next-Gen Leader Think Tanks to Arty Climate Change Posters

— January 25, 2020 — Social Good
The 2019 activism trends showcase how groups and brands are working toward a more egalitarian and sustainable society. These initiatives are related to everything — from addressing the gender pay wage gap and promoting tolerance for LGBTQ+ communities to fighting racism and calling for more eco-conscious consumption habits.

With the global climate strike gaining more traction this year, a lot of the examples in the 2019 activism trends category call individuals to rethink their lifestyles and what they demand of their leaders. A noticeable presence this year has been the Extinction Rebellion which is an action group with an international agenda — to counter the consequences of climate change and animal extinction. The initative utilizes design-forward aesthetics to capture attention and build a following.
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Simulation Aid Worker Apps
Simulation Aid Worker Apps
The Virtue Reality App Lets You Experience Life as an Aid Worker
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99
Men-Celebrating Cancer Awareness Commercials
Men-Celebrating Cancer Awareness Commercials
This Ad Rmeinds Men of the Dangers of Prostate Cancer
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98
Anti-Gender Bias Coding Campaigns
Anti-Gender Bias Coding Campaigns
22squared Tampa Launches Campaign to End Sexism in AI Assistants
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97
Inspiring Dog Rescue Tours
Inspiring Dog Rescue Tours
Lincoln's Wishlist is Documenting Dogs Rescued from California's Fires
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96
Human Rights Awareness Campaigns
Human Rights Awareness Campaigns
Rainbow Railroad Launched the Inclusive #HelpOthersOut Campaign
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95
Storytelling Pub-Specific Campaigns
Storytelling Pub-Specific Campaigns
Britain’s Beer Alliance Debuted its #LongLiveTheLocal Campaign
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94
AI Food Insecurity Ads
AI Food Insecurity Ads
Feeding America Uses AI to Depict Food Insecurity in America
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93
Next-Gen Leader Think Tanks
Next-Gen Leader Think Tanks
Next100 is a Start-Up Supporting the Next Generation of Policy Leaders
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92
Anti-Pollution Rap Campaigns
Anti-Pollution Rap Campaigns
AMV BBDO Released the Campaign ‘AddressPollution.org'
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91
Anti-Ocean Plastic Initiatives
Anti-Ocean Plastic Initiatives
Sam Bencheghib Pledged to Run from the East Coast to the West Coast
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90
Provocative Menstruation Campaigns
Provocative Menstruation Campaigns
Nonprofit Company Period Raises Awareness About Period Poverty
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89
Factual Climate Initiatives
Factual Climate Initiatives
Sid Lee Montreal Launched the 'Protect Our Winters Canada' Campaign
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88
Company Climate Strike Initiatives
Company Climate Strike Initiatives
SodaStream Joined the Global Climate Strike
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87
Female-Centric Soccer Campaigns
Female-Centric Soccer Campaigns
DFB Launches an Ad That Tackles Gender Inequality in Sports
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86
Elephant-Awareness T-Shirts
Elephant-Awareness T-Shirts
The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Launch Awareness-Raising Ele-Tee Shirts
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85
Parody Inclusion Ads
Parody Inclusion Ads
Valuable 500's 'Diversish' Campaign Promotes Hiring People with Disabilities
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84
Female-Centric U.S. Currency
Female-Centric U.S. Currency
Rosie Gumataotao Rios' Project Pays Tribute to Leading American Women
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83
Anti-Sexist Marketing Campaigns
Anti-Sexist Marketing Campaigns
'Approved, Not Approved' Hopes to Change Sexists Laws in Marketing
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82
Branded Climate Strikes
Branded Climate Strikes
Ben & Jerry's Will Close All Its Shops for a Global Climate Strike
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81
Sun Protection Campaigns
Sun Protection Campaigns
The Danish Cancer Society Asks Parents to Protect Their Kids from the Sun
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80
Charitable Open Letter Announcements
Charitable Open Letter Announcements
Kraft's Open Letter Urges Brands to Support Federal Workers
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79
Campus Safety Apps
Campus Safety Apps
bthere Helps College Classmates Be More Accountable for One Another
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78
Migrant-Catered Love Centric Hoodies
Migrant-Catered Love Centric Hoodies
Kids of Immigrants Joins Border Angels for a Special Hoodie
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77
Inclusive Cancer Awareness Ads
Inclusive Cancer Awareness Ads
CoppaFeel!'s Campaign Empowers Everyone to 'Grab Life by the Boobs'
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76
Art-Centric Engaging Foundations
Art-Centric Engaging Foundations
Vic Mensa Launched SaveMoneySaveLife Based in Chicago
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75
AI-Powered Malaria Campaigns
AI-Powered Malaria Campaigns
'Malaria Must Die' Stars David Beckham "Speaking" Nine Languages
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74
Peace-Themed DIY Styled Sneakers
Peace-Themed DIY Styled Sneakers
Vans Launches a Peace Iteration of the Sk8-Hi Sneaker Model
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73
Luxury Vegan Knitwear
Luxury Vegan Knitwear
Knitwear Brand Behind 'Harry Potter,' Lochaven of Scotland, is Now Vegan
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72
Natural Climate Solution Campaigns
Natural Climate Solution Campaigns
Greta Thunberg & The Guardian Launched the #NatureNow Campaign
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71
Holiday Vegan Bath Products
Holiday Vegan Bath Products
Lush Announced Its Line of Christmas Products are All Vegan-Friendly
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70
Non-Binary Tech Voices
Non-Binary Tech Voices
Virtue Creates 'Q' — the First Genderless Voice for Smart Technology
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69
Activism-Oriented Lipsticks
Activism-Oriented Lipsticks
Lipslut is Donating Its Sales to the Fight for Reproductive Rights
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68
Political Activism-Oriented Lipsticks
Political Activism-Oriented Lipsticks
Lipslut's New Impeach Lip Gloss Supports Women in Politics
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67
Wage Gap Nut Snacks
Wage Gap Nut Snacks
NUT-rition's Equal Pay Pack Expresses That the "Gender Pay Gap is Nuts"
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66
Inclusive Gaming Organizations
Inclusive Gaming Organizations
GameBlast19 Changes Lives by Making it Possible for All to Play
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65
Diversity-Celebrating Chocolate Bars
Diversity-Celebrating Chocolate Bars
Cadbury's 'Unity Bar' Celebrates the Diversity of Skin Tones
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64
Ethical Artist-Supporting Clothing
Ethical Artist-Supporting Clothing
Meera Ethical Clothing Prints Artistry onto Sustainable Shirts
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63
Tree-Saving Softwares
Tree-Saving Softwares
The 'Code of Conscience' Stops Construction Vehicles In Protected Areas
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62
Flood Warning Protest Signage
Flood Warning Protest Signage
Phantom Unveiled Signage Urging the UK to Take Climate Action
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61
Charitable Skincare Initiatives
Charitable Skincare Initiatives
Proceeds from the Better Skin Co.'s Mirakle Cream Will Go to ACLU
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60
Environmental Street Murals
Environmental Street Murals
Greenpeace Canada Organizes Street Murals in Support of Climate Action
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59
Anti-Binge Drinking Campaigns
Anti-Binge Drinking Campaigns
The 'Are You Pushing the Sausage' Video Asks You Reconsider Drinking
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58
All-Inclusive Nostalgic Cereals
All-Inclusive Nostalgic Cereals
Hellohh and GLAAD Create the Accepting All Together Cereal
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57
Anti-Vaping Campaigns
Anti-Vaping Campaigns
The United State's Government Launched a Tool To Help People Stop Vaping
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56
Empowering Early Childhood Memoirs
Empowering Early Childhood Memoirs
The Book Kid Activists Boasts True Tales of Influential People
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55
Endangered Bird-Inspired Sneakers
Endangered Bird-Inspired Sneakers
The Audubon Society Collaborated on an Allbirds Sneaker Series
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54
Inclusive Advertising Initiatives
Inclusive Advertising Initiatives
Ad Standards Debuts Inclusive 'Kinder Conditions' Campaign
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53
Shark Conservation Initiatives
Shark Conservation Initiatives
Shark Allies Unveiled a New Call-to-Action To End Shark Hunting
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52
Pride-Themed Glasses
Pride-Themed Glasses
GlassesUSA.com Launched Rainbow Themed Glasses in Celebration of Pride
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51
Digitally-Aged Anti-Racism Campaigns
Digitally-Aged Anti-Racism Campaigns
The #ItsGettingOld Campaign Digitally Ages Victims
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50
Free Grocery Store Pop-Ups
Free Grocery Store Pop-Ups
Kraft's Free Grocery Store is Supporting Federal Workers
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49
Mexican Eatery Pride Campaigns
Mexican Eatery Pride Campaigns
Chipotle Celebrates Inclusivity With 'Love What Makes You Real'
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48
Apocalyptic Apparel Collections
Apocalyptic Apparel Collections
'Unfortunately, Ready to Wear' Adresses Climate Change Via Fashion
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47
African-American Identity Art
African-American Identity Art
The Art of Faith Ringgold is on Display at the Serpentine Galleries
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46
Pet Safety Awareness Treats
Pet Safety Awareness Treats
Hot Hounds Recently Launched the New 'Car-Baked Dog Treats'
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45
Design-Forward Immigration Advocacy
Design-Forward Immigration Advocacy
Anjela Freyja Curates Flags & Branding Materials for ACLU
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44
Water Conservation Discussion Events
Water Conservation Discussion Events
Studio Swine is Promoting Water Conservation Through Art
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43
Destigmatizing Medication Buttons
Destigmatizing Medication Buttons
'Wear Your Meds' Encourages Discussion About Mental Health
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42
Artist-Designed Stab-Proof Vests
Artist-Designed Stab-Proof Vests
Stormzy Wore an Article of Clothing That is Designed by Banksy
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41
Seamless High Waisted Leggings
Seamless High Waisted Leggings
100% of Proceeds from Aerie's Exclusive Leggings Go to Bright Pink
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40
Rocket Launchpad Cathedrals
Rocket Launchpad Cathedrals
Sebastian Errazuriz Offers a Counter-Proposal for Notre-Dame Rebuild
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39
Celebratory British LGBT Gins
Celebratory British LGBT Gins
The Small-Batch Pride Gin Celebrate Inclusivity in London
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38
Cultural Celebratory Projects
Cultural Celebratory Projects
Ghetto Gastro & AWAKE NY Join on the Food, Clothes, Shelter Capsule
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37
Turtle-Saving Ciders
Turtle-Saving Ciders
Proud Pour's 'Cider for Sea Turtles' Supports Sea Turtle Rehabilitation
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36
Company-Wide Climate Change Protests
Company-Wide Climate Change Protests
Lush Cosmetics Joins Greta Thunberg To Protest Climate Change
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35
Iconic Lipstick Relaunches
Iconic Lipstick Relaunches
RuPaul's Red Viva Glam Lipstick Shade is Making a Celebratory Comeback
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34
Children-Specific Low-Calorie Initiatives
Children-Specific Low-Calorie Initiatives
Mondelēz International Launched New Portion Controls
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33
Carbon Footprint Calculation Apps
Carbon Footprint Calculation Apps
The 'Not My Fault' App Offers Zero-Waste Guidance and More
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32
Collaborative Newspaper Apparel
Collaborative Newspaper Apparel
Everlane and The New York Times Created the Climate Collection
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31
Enhancing Patient Journeys
Enhancing Patient Journeys
An Interview with CAMH's Gifts of Light Program Director, Quinn Kirby
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30
Artistic Anti-Plastic Campaigns
Artistic Anti-Plastic Campaigns
Surfrider Foundation & Rankin Debut a Plastic Sea Monster Campaign
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29
Powerful First Shave Films
Powerful First Shave Films
Gillette's 'First Shave' Follows a Trans Man's Shaving Journey
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28
Awareness Raising Artist Publications
Awareness Raising Artist Publications
Placeholder's Magazine is Based on the Thank You Plastic Bag
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27
Purpose-Driven Body Care Brands
Purpose-Driven Body Care Brands
Unilever's 'The Right to Shower' Provides Access to Mobile Showers
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26
Mental Health Pop-Up Museums
Mental Health Pop-Up Museums
The Museum of Lost & Found Potential Highlights Mental Health Themes
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25
Environmental Activist Cafes
Environmental Activist Cafes
Patagonia's Pop-Up Educates on the Climate Crisis & Inspires Action
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24
Branded Ocean Conservation Campaigns
Branded Ocean Conservation Campaigns
Lush Launched a Shark Attack Campaign for Ocean Conservation
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Peace-Centric Collectible Sculptures
Peace-Centric Collectible Sculptures
Medicon Toy and Brandalism's Flower Bomber Symbolizes Peace
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22
Scanned Glacier Installations
Scanned Glacier Installations
Ecological Grief Figures as a Sole Motivator for Xandra Van Der Eijk
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21
Sustainable Cork Houses
Sustainable Cork Houses
This Cork House Project is on the Shortlist for the 2019 Stirling Prize
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20
Tongue-in-Cheek Reusable Totes
Tongue-in-Cheek Reusable Totes
Lauren DiCioccio & the Workshop Residence Unveil the Thank You Tote
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19
Colorful Climate Change-Inspired Totems
Colorful Climate Change-Inspired Totems
Alicja Biała & Iwo Borkowicz Work with Climate Change Data
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18
Responsible Alcohol Consumption Campaigns
Responsible Alcohol Consumption Campaigns
Budweiser Reminds People to 'Drink Wiser' This Halloween
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17
Brutally Honest Brands
Brutally Honest Brands
DURA Advocates for Climate Change Awareness Far More Seriously Than Others
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16
Vivid Rainbow Combat Boots
Vivid Rainbow Combat Boots
Dr. Martens Updated Its 1460 Silhouette in Time for Pride Month
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15
Responsible Fashion-Promoting Museums
Responsible Fashion-Promoting Museums
Fashion for Good Spotlights Ethical Innovations in Fashion
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14
Colorful Pride-Honoring Sportswear
Colorful Pride-Honoring Sportswear
The Nike Be True 2019 Collection Boasts New Vibrant Palettes
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13
POC-Centric Exhibits
POC-Centric Exhibits
The Get Up, Stand Up Now Exhibit in London Boasts an Identity by Here Design
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12
Inclusive Love Vodka Packaging
Inclusive Love Vodka Packaging
The Absolut Drop Vodka Bottles are Made with Anti-LGBT Sign Ink
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11
Unifying Politically Charged Fashion
Unifying Politically Charged Fashion
SOUVENIR's Democratic Clothing Line Responds to Brexit
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10
Female-Specific Health Initiatives
Female-Specific Health Initiatives
Fem-Tech Startup Elvie Launched the #LetFannyFly Campaign
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9
Migrant-Supporting T-Shirt Designs
Migrant-Supporting T-Shirt Designs
Chroma and AWAKE NY Collaborate on a Human Rights Tee
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8
Equality-Themed Custom Footwear
Equality-Themed Custom Footwear
Design by Disruption & the Shoe Surgeon Produce Activist Sneakers
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7
Conservation-Promoting Water Bottles
Conservation-Promoting Water Bottles
This Water Bottle Collection Measures Capacity by Activities
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6
Trash-Inspired Contemporary Art
Trash-Inspired Contemporary Art
Tyrrell Winston Turns Street Garbage into Meaningful Sculptures
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5
Design-Forward Climate Strike Posters
Design-Forward Climate Strike Posters
Glug Develops an Expansive Database for Activist Posters
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4
Anti-Sexism Chair Designs
Anti-Sexism Chair Designs
The Manspreading Chair by Laila Laurel Offers Subtle Commentary
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3
Pop-Up Plastic Museums
Pop-Up Plastic Museums
Lonely Whale's Museum of Plastic Boasts Selfie-Friendly Displays
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2
Anti-Racist Costume Campaigns
Anti-Racist Costume Campaigns
The #NotaCostume Campaign Asks People to Dress Respectfully
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Arty Climate Change Posters
Arty Climate Change Posters
Extinction Rebellion's Bold Posters Capture Attention Through Art
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