Mother Nature is Crying:
8 Shocking Environmental Images
that Will Scare You to Reform
By Abu Poblete
Here and there, we see photos on Facebook of maltreated animals, life-threatening forest fires, alarming oil spills or excessive urban pollution. It’s posts like these that make you question how mankind has survived until this point with such blatant and selfish disregard, and it’s photos like these that make you lose your faith in humanity.
So if you’re feeling a bit masochistic right now, here are 8 photos of the most jarring and heartbreaking photos of the environment that may or may not have been caused by humans (spoiler alert: they probably were).
8. Plastic where it shouldn’t be
Environment Minister for Schleswig-Holstein Robert Habeck said, “These findings show us the results of our plastic-oriented society. Animals inadvertently consume plastic and plastic waste, which causes them to suffer, and at worst, causes them to starve with full stomachs.”
7. Where’s the Indian River Lagoon?
What was once a booming center of biodiversity, home to 3,000 species of plants and animals, the Indian River Lagoon in Florida is now a 30-mile stretch of dead and decaying fish.
Research into the cause behind this mass fish kill is still in its early stages, but scientists and concerned citizens are look at the brown tide in January as one of the possible culprits. The brown tide was caused by a lethal and potent mix of fertilizers and other pollutants brought to the river by the strong rains of El Nino. The mixture of a toxic algae bloom that turned the water brown and deprived the water of oxygen is thought to have killed the marine life.
A clean up of the Indian River Lagoon is now being organized by the Brevard County’s Department of Natural Resources. They are also putting dumpsters at several waterfront parks.
6. Displaced from home
Nine orangutans living in the forests of Borneo and Sumatra were killed by the fires. 100 have been rescued and relocated to local rehabilitation centers.
Program director of the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Center said that this is the biggest primate rehabilitation in the world, but he is not proud of the increasing number. “The number of orangutans here is an indicator of the mass forest destruction due to lack of law enforcement and the local government giving out palm oil concessions,” he added.
The fires destroyed 10,000 miles of forests and caused sicknesses to thousands of locals. The World Bank also said that the fires caused $16 billion in economic losses.
5. Beijing’s height of industrialization
In the city’s real-time air quality index, the air reached 400 micrograms per cubic meter, which resulted in a red alert. Another alarming thing is that the World Health Organization deems that any air quality index over 25 micrograms per cubic meter is already unsafe.
4. No win-win situation for the Gulf of Mexico
3. The Dead Sea living up to its name
“It’s nature’s revenge,” environmentalist Gidon Bromberg said, referring to the sinkholes around the dead sea. A decade ago, only 1,000 sinkholes were reported but now there are over 3,000 according to the Smithsonian. The Dead Sea’s water level has decreased to 40 meters, with 800 million cubic meters of water lost every year.
“These sinkholes are a direct result of the inappropriate mismanagement of water resources in the region,” Bromberg added.
2. California’s 4-year drought
1. The coral cemetery in the West Philippine Sea
With World Earth Day coming up, it’s time we stepped out of our bubble and acknowledged the damage we’re inflicting on our environment and started to make amends. Don’t forget: a little goes a long way.