11 Photos That Show the Devastating Impact of Humans on the Planet

Humans are supposed to be rational beings, but we don’t seem to use that ability in the right way.

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Perhaps we have overcome the dangers of the jungle and have made our lives more comfortable with technological gadgets; However, throughout our domination of the planet we have become a danger to our species and to others.

“Water and land have become global trash cans”, Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Polluting plastic bottles

On a global scale, four million tons of garbage are generated every day! Per year, 50 million tonnes of these tonnes correspond to electronic waste containing toxic substances that are dangerous to health; and 6.4 million tons spill into the ocean.

40% of the population does not have access to safe drinking water

Plastic syringes in a polluted river

Water pollution is one of the greatest difficulties, illegal industrial dumps fill the vital liquid with toxic waste, which not only affects the fauna and flora that inhabit the water, but also human beings.

92% of us live in places where air quality is poor

Air Pollution in India

This information is provided by the World Health Organization, which warns that around three million people die each year from causes related to air pollution.

An area equivalent to 36 football fields is deforested every minute

Felled Trees

Many of the wildlife species that inhabit them die due to the devastation of their habitat, and the land is used for mining or planting crops, both of which pollute and deplete the environment.

Climate change has caused 600,000 human deaths

Flooding in a Jacal

And only those that occurred in the last decade of the 20th century due to extreme weather conditions are counted; 95 percent of them took place in poor countries.

Every year, 1 million birds die…

Pelican with trash

And 100,000 mammals because of pollution.

The U.S. produces 30% of the world’s trash

Hands holding a trash bag

Incredibly, Americans make up only 5 percent of the world’s population.

Annually, 1.2 billion gallons of wastewater are discharged into rivers and seas

Polluted and dirty water

40% of pollution-related illnesses affect children

Children in a lake full of bottles

Change is in our hands

Hands full of microplastics

Activists, associations and citizens made it possible for 85 million materials to be recycled in 2010, compared to 18 million in 1980.

What is the planet you want?

Dolphin with a trash bag

Think about it, each of your actions will determine the future of the world.


  1. CNN
  2. WHO


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