Warning! Serious and sad images ahead!
There should be no “debate” on global warming. The science proves it. Do people really think that all the chemicals, waste, and runoff that factories expel every day isn’t going to have a deep and devastating impact on our environment? Yes, and there are still people out there who don’t know the difference between weather and climate. If being neutral about the issue weren’t bad enough, there are some people who actively (inactively is more like it!) don’t care about our environment, whether it’s global warming, overfishing, or deforestation.
Even aside from climate change, there are other social factors that are wreaking havoc on our planet. While it’s easy to enjoy our comfortable lifestyles complete with air conditioning, smartphones, and unlimited buffets, many humans don’t have those luxuries. And these people are easy to ignore unless you see them living in squalor. Planet earth and its inhabitants, animals, waters, and plants are being ravaged and ignored. See the proof.
Prior to the events, a big concern about the 2016 Summer Olympics being in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was all of the pollution that goes on in the country. Especially around the city itself—including in the very areas Olympic events were set to take place—pollution is rampant due to unregulated industry and the sharp contrast between the city’s rich and poor.
Here are hundreds, if not thousands of floating dead fish in Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio. We know it’s not a pretty sight, but unfortunately Brazil has some serious problems when it comes to environmental issues. These include deforestation in the Amazon basin, and even some illegal wildlife trade and poaching. They have some pretty extreme cases of air and water pollution, much of which is caused by mining activities, wetland degeneration, and some severe oil spills. In Santa Gertrudes, a small town of about 25,000, there are tons of factories that make it the largest producer of ceramic tile in the Americas. However, it also makes them a pretty big source of pollution.
Combined with the harm done to nature around the country, cities like this will certainly make Brazil a dangerous place to live in the future.
India’s population is over 1.3 billion people (and you can bet it’s still growing), which makes it the most populated country in the world after China. This aerial photo of New Delhi shows how congested and polluted the city is due to overcrowding. Early marriage and their universal marriage system are pretty big factors when it comes to this large population.
Legally, the marriageable age of a girl is 18 years old, but most women are still married right when they first hit the reproductive age. Because of the overpopulation, India suffers from unemployment as a result of manpower utilization. Illegal migration is also a big factor in this, as we can’t ignore the fact that this is continuously taking place as people come from Bangladesh, Nepal, and other neighboring countries, which leads to increased population density in India.
In this sad image taken in Bangladesh, you can see some little children playing next to a severely polluted canal. While some parents here in the United States have the luxury of worrying about giving their kids non-organic foods, many children end up living in one of the most polluted cities on earth. Every day local tanneries dump over 20,000 cubic liters of toxic waste into the capital city of Dhaka’s main river and key water supply, the Bugiganga. If you have a brain, you probably realize that this isn’t the best idea. But when regulation is low or nonexistent and there’s money to be made, the situation becomes perfectly clear.
Roughly 90 percent of the 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh end up dumping things into small neighborhoods where people live. The city of Hazaribagh is a good example of this. At least 185,000 people live in the city, and all of them might be being poisoned by the industry that employs only around 10,000 of them. Is this any way to live? For some people, it’s the only option.