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These 20 Heartbreaking Pictures Will Make You Determined To Save The Earth

These 20 Heartbreaking Pictures Will Make You Determined To Save The Earth

By the time you finish reading this article, 300 more acres of Amazonian rain forests will be deforested to give way to land for soybean cultivation and fodder for cattle. Our human population explosion has put an unprecedented amount of pressure on the limited land and resources our mother earth has to offer.

These pictures will change the way that we take resources for granted and make us realize the importance and urgency of protecting our world’s natural wealth for our  own good.

1. A bird wet by an oil spill in the sea

In 1975, the National Academy of Sciences estimated that ocean-based sources, such as cargo ships had trashed 14 billion pounds of garbage into the ocean.

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    2. A dead albatross after an oil spill

    For every 1 million tons of oil shipped, about 1 ton is spilled.

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      3.  A man in china gathers dead fish poisoned in a polluted lake

      High levels of air pollutants in certain places on Earth greatly affect its inhabitants’ health. They are under a 20% higher risk to die of lung cancer than people living in less-poluted places.

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        4. A child dives to collect dumped plastic for a living

        Every day this boy dives into the trash to collect recyclable plastic that would be sold for 35 cents a kilo to help his family.

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          5. A Rhino being poached for its horn.

          It will soon die of the wound, defenseless. Are ivory ornaments for us humans worth this degree of torment to another living creature?

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            6. A tortoise tamed by Humans. Is this humane?

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              7. A dead sperm-whale’s stomach filled with plastic and other water pollutants.

              14 billion pounds of plastic are dumped into the ocean everyday, most of it plastic. Young whales often mistake plastic for squid, their prey.

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                8. A bird that has died after ingesting excess plastic

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                  9. Smoke pollutants from a factory

                  One in every eight deaths on our planet is due to polluted air.

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                    10. Swimming in water contaminated with human trash

                    Pollution kills more people annually than any other global crisis. It affects over 100 million people. This is the same amount of persons who are affected by HIV and malaria.

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                      11. A mammal that has choked on plastic

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                        12. A boy drinking water from contaminated water sources

                        One child dies every 8 minutes from diseases caused by contaminated water supplies.

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                          13. Plastic Relationship? Or a Toxic relationship?

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                            14. An entangled tortoise

                            Pollution kills over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals every year.

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                              15. Stifling motor dump-yard: one of China’s numerous auto graveyards

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                                16. Paddling through dead fish in the Amazon

                                Deforestation in the world’s biggest rain forest is causing seasonal droughts leading to the death of tons of fish every year.

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                                  17. A seal dying from a trashed can it cannot remove

                                  Here are some alarming fast facts about our biodiversity loss:

                                  • The plastic we throw away can circle the earth four times over.
                                  • Of all the plastic we use, we use 50% only once before throwing it away.
                                  • Every hour, at least 4,500 acres of forest fall to human greed. The net loss of the world’s forests is about 7.3 million hectares annually.

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                                    18. A Childhood swimming in a polluted lake

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                                      19. Cows grazing on plastic

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                                        20. Our Earth is drowning in pollution….Want to do something about it?

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                                          It’s time we humans consider the effects that this toxic relationship we have developed with nature is going to have on our own welfare and those of the organisms with whom we share our planet. It is possible to effectively stem this inhuman destruction of our beautiful natural gifts simply by taking some simple steps to reduce our eco-harmful impacts. If only we

                                          1. reduce our usage of non-biodegradable substances (for instance, say ‘no’ to those excess of plastic bags in the local supermarket)

                                          2. participate in activities such as beach clean-ups to tidy our bio diverse sites from human contamination

                                          3. save our electric energy,

                                          4. reduce our wastage of food and other resources,

                                          5. recycle non-biodegradable stuff,

                                          6. plant plants and trees when we can, and

                                          7. spread awareness on protecting our nature to those around us, we will be doing our biggest and most impacting bit to make our planet a greener, happier place.

                                          Featured photo credit: unknown via cdn.earthporm.com

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                                          How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                          How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                          Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                                          If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                                          1. Breathe

                                          The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                                          • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                                          • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                                          • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                                          Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                                          2. Loosen up

                                          After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                                          Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                                          3. Chew slowly

                                          Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                                          Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                                          Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                                          4. Let go

                                          Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                                          The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                                          It’s not. Promise.

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                                          Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                                          Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                                          21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                                          5. Enjoy the journey

                                          Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                                          Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                                          6. Look at the big picture

                                          The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                                          Will this matter to me…

                                          • Next week?
                                          • Next month?
                                          • Next year?
                                          • In 10 years?

                                          Hint: No, it won’t.

                                          I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                                          Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                                          7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                                          You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                                          Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                                          8. Practice patience every day

                                          Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                                          • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                                          • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                                          • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                                          Final thoughts

                                          Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                                          Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                                          Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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