From overflowing landfills to oil spills, man’s unsustainable quest to live a better life without caring for the environment has caused an intolerable amount of environmental disasters to be formed. In today’s world, pollution is labeled to be the #1 killer, affecting more than 100 million worldwide.

And it doesn’t stop there… More than 1 million seabirds and 100 million mammals are killed by pollution every year.

We obviously need a change – but what can inspire humans to live more sustainably and limit their carbon footprint? The photos below, which expose the truth of what is happening around the globe, are a great starting point.

Here are 20+ shocking photos which show man-made disasters and their effect on the environment. If these photos aren’t enough to 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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3. Trapped in Plastic, This Turtle’s Waist Couldn’t Grow

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4. Bird in Oil Spill

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5. Albatross Killed By Excess Plastic Ingestion (North Pacific)

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6. A Stork Trapped In Plastic

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7. A Wounded Seal Unsafe In Its Own Habitat

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8. Oiled Penguins

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

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10. Plastic Diver

Every morning this child searches through discarded trash for recyclable plastic that can be sold for 35 cents per kilo to help his family.

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11. Seal’s Nose Trapped In Plastic Waste

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12. Bird In Oil Spill

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13. Boy Swimming in Polluted Water

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

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15. Bangladesh Landscape Filled With Trash

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16. Swan Builds A Nest Using Plastic Trash

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17. Landfill In Acra (Ghana)

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

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18. Frog in Polluted Water

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19. Crab Living in a Broken Bottle

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20. Young Raccoon With Fishing Lure In His Lip

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21. Pollution in a “dry” river in Bali

When the rain comes, the trash gets washed out to the sea.

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

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23. Beijing In A Cloud of Smog

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A bit at a time 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.

Share this to raise awareness of environmental pollution!

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From overflowing landfills to oil spills, man's unsustainable quest to live a better life without caring for the environment has caused an intolerable amount of environmental disasters to be formed. In today's world, pollution is labeled to be the #1 killer, affecting more than 100 million worldwide. And it doesn't...