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

Credit: Unknown

2. Homeless Koala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit: TheGuardian

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

Credit: Unknown

4. Bird In Oil Spill

Credit: Charlie Riedel

Albatross Killed By Excess Plastic Ingestion (North Pacific)

Credit: PollutionSpeakout.org

5. A Stork Trapped In Plastic

Credit: Unknown

6. A Wounded Seal Unsafe In Its Own Habitat

Credit: Ares Caius

7. Oiled Penguins

Credit: John Hrusa

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

Credit: PopulationSpeakout.org

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.

Credit: George Steinmetz

10. Seal’s Nose Trapped In Plastic Waste

Credit: Unknown

11. Bird In Oil Spill

Credit: Unknown

12. Boy Swimming In Polluted Water In India

Credit: greenatom.net

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

A child drinks water near a stream in Fuyuan county, Yunnan province March 20, 2009. World Water Day will be observed on March 22. Picture taken March 20, 2009. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

Credit: Stringer

14. Mexico City Landscape, 20 Million Inhabitants

Credit: PopulationSpeakout.org

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

Credit: The Tunisian Ecocide Group

16. Bangladesh Landscape Filled With Trash

Credit: PopulationSpeakout.org

17. A Mute Swan Builds A Nest Using Plastic Garbage

Credit: Wikipedia.org

18. Landfill In Acra (Ghana)

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

Credit: PopulationSpeakout.org

19. Frog In Polluted Water

Credit: LiveIgnite.org

20. This Crab Lives In An Old Bottle

Credit: animalnewsthepodcast.wordpress.com

21. Plastic Bag Floating In The Sea Off The Philippines

Credit: Keith A. Ellenbogen

Young Raccoon With Fishing Lure In His Lip

22. Pollution In A ‘Dry River’ In Bali

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

Credit: Katie Pip

23. Cat Sunning In Trash (Wetsahara, Morocco)

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Credit: Nadine Kreation

24. A River In The Suburbs Of Mumbai

Credit: Chirag Sutar

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

Credit: Emma Valette

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

Credit: Raymond Richards

27. Beijing In A Cloud Of Smog

LIANYUNGANG, CHINA – DECEMBER 08: (CHINA OUT) Buildings are shrouded in smog on December 8, 2013 in Lianyungang, China. Heavy smog has been lingering in northern and eastern parts of China since last week, disturbing the traffic, worsening air pollution and forcing the closure of schools. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

Credit: 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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  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...