These heartbreaking photos of pollution are very hard to look at; in fact they will likely make you want to cry. As an animal lover I hate to even post photos that are so disturbing but the only way to spark change is to show people the truth.
Thanks to all of the trash produced by humans everyday wildlife is suffering in many unrealized ways. Turtles with plastic soda can dividers trapped around their torsos are unable to grow, birds are eating enough plastic to kill them, and that’s only the beginning.
In most Western countries each person generates an estimated 4.31 pounds of trash every single day, that’s an increase from 2.7 pounds in 1960. Not only is the amount of trash we produce increasing, but so too are the number of people producing the trash. With the current population growth rate near 1.1%, there will be 15 billion people living on planet Earth in 64-years.
So how can we make sure that humans and wild animals both flourish? For one, don’t litter. It’s so important to recycle, and properly dispose of all trash. You can also make a conscious effort to decrease the amount of trash you produce in the first place. If the following photos tug at your heartstrings, as they should anyone with feelings, it’s time to do something about the mess we have made.