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18 Images that Will Convince You of the Sorry State of Our Planet

by Laurence-Emmanuelle Bédard Published on April 14, 2015

We may not realize just how much waste 7 billion humans produce. It is even more distressing to note the small percentage that is recycled. Whatever the main cause may be, humans are not the only victims of pollution and climate change. Let's look reality in the face and act together: it is never too late!

After getting caught in the mesh of a lost or abandoned fishing net, this turtle suffered serious injuries and had to have a flipper amputated.

Ghost nets are often deadly traps for marine wildlife.

This koala realizes that we have razed the forest where he once lived.

The koala has seen its population decrease by 90% in less than 15 years because of deforestation. More than 1,000 trees are cut down every day in Australia.

A child spends each day in search of recyclable plastic to resell to help support his family.

It is believed that around 100 million tons of plastic waste are floating in the Pacific Ocean, forming a huge garbage soup almost as large as the surface of the United States.

A bird flounders in an oil spill.

Only 1% of birds that are rescued and cleaned from an oil spill will survive.

A man tries to clean a water plant contaminated by oil.

The Russian oil industry spills 30 million barrels of oil on land each year and, every 18 months, the equivalent of four million barrels of oil disperses throughout the Arctic Ocean, where it becomes everybody's problem.

An albatross is found dead, its stomach full of plastic waste.

Each year, in the Midway Islands, plastic waste pollution kills tens of thousands of albatross, their stomachs stuffed with plastic.

A man walks next to a pipe pouring wastewater into the Yangtze River.

In 2009, more than 33.3 billion tons of wastewater was discharged into the Yangtze basin.

Extreme "smog" gives a post-apocalyptic air to the city of Beijing.

In 2014, the US Embassy in Beijing recorded levels of 2.5 PM (polluting particles less than 2.5 micrometres, considered the most harmful) of 500 micrograms per cubic metre of air. This is 20 times the level deemed acceptable by the World Health Organization.

A man cleans a lake filled with dead fish.

A true ecological disaster shook Mexico in 2014. In several days, at least 48 tons of dead fish were removed from Cajititlan Lake, near the city of Guadalajara, the result of a factory's mismanagement of wastewater.

A child drinks water from a contaminated stream.

The consumption of contaminated water is a major cause of disease in developing countries, and the leading cause of death among children.

Penguins covered in oil.

Only a small proportion of birds killed by oil wash up on the beaches; a great number of dead birds never reach the shore because they sink or are carried out to sea.

The corpse of a dead bird due to oil spill.

Following the 2010 oil spill caused by the multinational corporation British Petroleum (BP), about 1,000 dead animals washed up on the coast of Mexico. It is estimated that 10,000 have died because of the disaster.

This turtle has spent his entire life caught in a piece of plastic.

According to all available sources, more than 260 marine species have suffered from entanglement or ingestion of marine debris!

A sea bass is not even safe in his own home...

90% of waste found on the ocean surface is made of plastic: plastic bottles, nylon ropes, tarpaulins, and plastic bags. They account for 60% of the plastic waste at sea.

A seal has caught its muzzle in a can.

According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), plastic debris is responsible each year for the deaths of over one million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals.

An oil field.

Here's what an oil field looks like. A beautiful landscape, isn't it?

The water where this child is swimming is so contaminated that we can barely see him.

Huge mounds of garbage and plastic bags litter the shores that give off a foul odour day and night.

A surfer in the middle of a wave of waste in Java, Indonesia.

The Citrarum, one of the most polluted rivers in the world, flows out of the island of West Java.

The choices you make are important.

We can underestimate our power as consumers. Reducing our consumption of plastic is much simpler than many believe. See how this young student was able to reduce (nearly eliminate) her waste production.


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