Olympics' climate change message sparks conservative backlash
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Conservative backlash spread on social media after the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony featured a warning about climate change.


The prime-time spectacle started with a young boy with a Pau-Brasil tree in the center of the stadium, a rare tree on the list of Brazil’s endangered plants. 

A video then showed a dramatic depiction of Earth and several major cities affected by rising water levels as Antarctic ice sheets rapidly melt. 

While some were happy the Olympics used its global stage to focus on climate change, many social media users were quick to point to Brazil’s own environmental issues and blast the Olympics for pushing the message.