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.
2. A dead albatross after an oil spill
For every 1 million tons of oil shipped, about 1 ton is spilled.
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.
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.
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?
6. A tortoise tamed by Humans. Is this humane?
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.
8. A bird that has died after ingesting excess plastic
9. Smoke pollutants from a factory
One in every eight deaths on our planet is due to polluted air.
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.
11. A mammal that has choked on plastic
12. A boy drinking water from contaminated water sources
One child dies every 8 minutes from diseases caused by contaminated water supplies.
13. Plastic Relationship? Or a Toxic relationship?
14. An entangled tortoise
Pollution kills over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals every year.
15. Stifling motor dump-yard: one of China’s numerous auto graveyards
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.
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.
18. A Childhood swimming in a polluted lake
19. Cows grazing on plastic
20. Our Earth is drowning in pollution….Want to do something about it?
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.
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