From oil spills to overflowing landfills, man’s unsustainable quest to live a better life with little regard for the environment has caused a staggering amount of environmental disasters to be formed. At present, pollution is labeled to be the #1 killer, affecting more than 100 million worldwide.

And that’s not all… More than 1 million seabirds and 100 million mammals are killed by pollution every year.
Obviously change is needed – but what can inspire people to live more sustainably and limit their carbon footprint than startling statistics? Possibly the photos shown below, which in their heartbreaking real-ness, expose the truth of what is happening across the globe.
Following are 20+ shocking photos which capture man-made disasters and their effect on the environment. If these photos don’t inspire you to collect trash when you see it, it’s time to wake up.

1. A Tortoise Trapped In Plastic

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2. Homeless Koala

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TheGuardian

3. Trapped In Plastic, This Turtle’s Waist Couldn’t Grow

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4. Bird In Oil Spill

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Charlie Riedel

Albatross Killed By Excess Plastic Ingestion (North Pacific)

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PollutionSpeakout

5. A Stork Trapped In Plastic

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6. A Wounded Seal Unsafe In Its Own Habitat

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Ares Caius

7. Oiled Penguins

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John Hrusa

8. Surfing A Wave Full Of Trash (Java, Indonesia – The World’s Most Populated Island)

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PopulationSpeakout

9. Plastic Diver

Every Morning This Kid Searches Through Discarded Trash For Recyclable Plastic That Can Be Sold For 35 Cents Per Kilo To Help His Family.
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George Steinmetz

10. Seal’s Nose Trapped In Plastic Waste

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Unknown

11. Bird In Oil Spill

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12. Boy Swimming In Polluted Water In India

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Greenatom

13. A Child Drinks Polluted Water From A Stream In Fuyuan County, Yunnan Province

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Stringer

14. Mexico City Landscape, 20 Million Inhabitants

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PopulationSpeakout

15. Turtle Population Killed By Chemicals In Environment (Tunisia)

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The Tunisian Ecocide Group

16. Bangladesh Landscape Filled With Trash

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PopulationSpeakout

17. A Mute Swan Builds A Nest Using Plastic Garbage

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Wikipedia

18. Landfill In Acra (Ghana)

First-world trash usually ends up in third-world countries’ landfills.
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PopulationSpeakout

19. Frog In Polluted Water

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LiveIgnite

20. This Crab Lives In An Old Bottle

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21. Plastic Bag Floating In The Sea Off The Philippines

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Keith A. Ellenbogen

22. Young Raccoon With Fishing Lure In His Lip

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23. Pollution In A ‘Dry River’ In Bali

When rains come, all this garbage gets washed out to sea.
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Katie Pip

24. Cat Sunning In Trash (Wetsahara, Morocco)

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Nadine Kreation

25. A River In The Suburbs Of Mumbai

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Chirag Sutar

26. Open Dumping In The Streets Of New Delhi, India

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Emma Valette

27. Trash Washed Out To Sea… (Mekong, Laos)

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Raymond Richards

28. Beijing In A Cloud Of Smog

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ChinaFotoPress
If you haven’t already, check out the post “These 14 Photos Capture How Polluted China Has Become – And It’s Terrifying!” for more inspiration to start recycling today.
A little bit goes a long way. Picking up a piece of trash when you see it, initiating a recycling program in your town, or lovingly educating others on the benefits of not littering will slowly but surely help to progress the collective consciousness.

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