35 Heartbreaking Photos Of Pollution That Will Inspire You To Recycle

20 million Americans mobilized on April 22, 1970; 30 years later, that number was up to 200 million citizens of the Earth. What was the cause that brought these people together? The desire to make the Earth a better place.

Earth Day is not a holiday, but an annual event dedicated to demonstrating support for environmental action. Consider the math: in many Western countries, each person generates 4.3lb (1.95kg) of waste every day, up from 2.7 (1.2kg) in 1960. There are now 7.3 billion people in the world; with the current population growth rate of 1.1%, this means that in roughly 64 years, the Earth’s population will be almost 15 billion.

That’s a lot of garbage. Let’s do our part, avoid the mistakes of the past, and keep our planet clean! If you have an image of pollution in our neighborhood, add a photo to this list – and then help clean it up!

#1 Tortoise Trapped By Plastic

Tortoise Trapped By Plastic

#2 Turtle Trapped In Plastic Waste Couldn’t Grow

Turtle Trapped In Plastic Waste Couldn't Grow

#3 Koala Lost Her Home

Koala Lost Her Home

#4 Bird In Oil Spill

Bird In Oil Spill

#5 Albatross Killed By Excessive Plastic Ingestion In Midway Islands (North Pacific)

Albatross Killed By Excessive Plastic Ingestion In Midway Islands (North Pacific)

#6 Stork Trapped In Plastic

Stork Trapped In Plastic

#7 Suffering Seal Not Safe In Its Own Habitat

Suffering Seal Not Safe In Its Own Habitat

#8 Oiled Penguins

Oiled Penguins

#9 Surfing On A Wave Full Of Trash In Java (Indonesia), The World’s Most Populated Island

Surfing On A Wave Full Of Trash In Java (Indonesia), The World’s Most Populated Island

#10 He Spends Each Morning Looking For Recyclable Plastic That He Can Sell For 35 Cents Per Kilo To Help His Family

He Spends Each Morning Looking For Recyclable Plastic That He Can Sell For 35 Cents Per Kilo To Help His Family

#11 Fake Hong Kong Skyline For Tourists

Fake Hong Kong Skyline For Tourists

#12 Seal’s Nose Trapped In Plastic Waste

Seal's Nose Trapped In Plastic Waste

#13 Bird In Oil Spill

Bird In Oil Spill

#14 Boy Swimming In Polluted Water In India

Boy Swimming In Polluted Water In India

#15 Child Drinks Water From Stream In Fuyuan County, Yunnan Province

Child Drinks Water From Stream In Fuyuan County, Yunnan Province

#16 Girl Walks Through Smog In Beijing, Where Small-Particle Pollution Is 40 Times Over International Safety Standard

Girl Walks Through Smog In Beijing, Where Small-Particle Pollution Is 40 Times Over International Safety Standard

#17 Worker Cleans Away Dead Fish At A Lake In Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei Province

Worker Cleans Away Dead Fish At A Lake In Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province

#18 Ken River Oil Field, California (USA) – Exploited Since 1899

Ken River Oil Field, California (USA) – Exploited Since 1899

#19 Mexico City Landscape, 20 Million Inhabitants

Mexico City Landscape, 20 Million Inhabitants

#20 Child Swims In A Polluted Reservoir, Pingba

Child Swims In A Polluted Reservoir, Pingba

#21 Landscape Full Of Trash In Bangladesh

Landscape Full Of Trash In Bangladesh

#22 Man Cleans Up Oil Spill In Dalian Port, Liaoning

Man Cleans Up Oil Spill In Dalian Port, Liaoning

#23 Great Wall Of China, Shame

Great Wall Of China, Shame

#24 A Bald Sunbear In Borneo Where Major Deforestation Is Threatening Their Habitat And Health

A Bald Sunbear In Borneo Where Major Deforestation Is Threatening Their Habitat And Health

#25 Residents Look At A Heavily Polluted River, Zhugao, Sichuan Province

Residents Look At A Heavily Polluted River, Zhugao, Sichuan Province

#26 A Mute Swan Builds A Nest Using Plastic Garbage

A Mute Swan Builds A Nest Using Plastic Garbage

#27 Landfill In Accra (Ghana). Our Electronic Rubbish Usually Ends Up In Third-world Countries

Landfill In Accra (Ghana). Our Electronic Rubbish Usually Ends Up In Third-world Countries

#28 Boy Swims In Algae-filled Water, Qingdao, Shandong

Boy Swims In Algae-filled Water, Qingdao, Shandong

#29 Man Walks By Pipe Discharging Waste Water Into Yangtze River

Man Walks By Pipe Discharging Waste Water Into Yangtze River

#30 Frog In Polluted Water

Frog In Polluted Water

#31 Journalist Takes A Sample Of Polluted Red Water From Jianhe River

Journalist Takes A Sample Of Polluted Red Water From Jianhe River

#32 Crab Lives In Old Bottle

Crab Lives In Old Bottle

#33 Plastic Bag Floats In The Sea Off The Philippines. Ocean Plastic Has Turned Up Literally Everywhere – In The Deep Sea And Buried In Arctic Ice

Plastic Bag Floats In The Sea Off The Philippines. Ocean Plastic Has Turned Up Literally Everywhere - In The Deep Sea And Buried In Arctic Ice

#34 Young Raccoon With Fishing Lure Caught In Lip.

Young Raccoon With Fishing Lure Caught In Lip.

#35 Over 3000 Dead Pigs Fished Out Of Huangpu River

Over 3000 Dead Pigs Fished Out Of Huangpu River

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