Waste has a huge negative impact on our environment. From greenhouse gasses that are released from rubbish in landfill sites to hazardous chemicals that can get into the soil and harm plants when they take up contamination through their roots, the effects of improper waste disposal are mainly negative. Today waste has become a global problem that we can no longer overlook .
Enter The Solution
Recycling is the process of converting waste into new, useful products. Recycling minimizes accumulation in landfills, saves energy and helps converts our old products into new ones. The importance of recycling to both us and the environment cannot be overemphasized .
How Does Waste Affect Animals
Most people understand that waste is bad for the planet, but are we also of its effects on animals ?
Below are heartbreaking images of animals harmed by trash
This kitty was photographed living in the in West Sahara, Morocco
This poor raccoon has a fishing hook stuck in its lip
A Koala rendered homeless due to deforestation
A bird strangled with balloon string
World’s tallest man, Bao Xishun retrieves plastic from the stomach of a sick dolphin after vets were unable to reach it.
A seal being released from marine debris by NOAA divers
Sea turtle that ingested a balloon
Bird caught in plastic debris
A bird suffering through an oil spill
Heartbreaking photo of a bird in oil spill
Sea turtle entangled in debris
A bird killed by waste ingestion
A blue striped grunt fish caught in red plastic
A turtle which has probably grown into something, deforming its poor shell
Shark with debris stuck in its mouth
Another turtle that has probably grab into plastic, deforming its shell
A poor seal with a plastic container trapping its face
Penguins covered in oil
Albatross bird killed by plastic ingestion
Northern elephant seal with plastic scar
Stork trapped in plastic
Turtle eating plastic
How can we help?
These photos are a call to action. It is not enough to feel sad or awful viewing them, we need to play our parts as well. Ensuring that cans are crushed and tossed in the recycle bin would go a long way to help.
Also, when shopping, choose paper bags or take your own reusable bags whenever possible.
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- “Why Is Recycling So Important“, Earths Friends. May, 2019.
- “25 Animal Photos Illustrate how Painfully Obvious it is we Should Recycle“, Educate Inspire Change. August, 2018.
- “25+ Animal Photos That Illustrate The Painfully Obvious Truth About The Necessity Of Recycling“, Awareness Act. August, 2018.
- “Heartbreaking Photos Show What Your Trash Does To Animals“, Huffington Post. May, 2017.