LOOK: The Philippines is featured in National Geographic – for sad reasons

This is a serious wake-up call.

As we continue to strive for continuous efforts for a cleaner and better environment, these photos will make you realize how much work we have to do.

The official National Geographic Instagram account posted multiple photos of a polluted Manila Bay/Pasig River, showing the garbage and dump in its waters.

It particularly pointed out plastic waste. The photos were taken by Randy Olson.

Photo by @randyolson. Yes, I’m still polluting @natgeo’s feed with pictures to draw attention to the global plastic waste crisis. Manila’s Pasig River dumps into Manila Bay, and beach goers enjoy a solid floor of plastic waste to lounge upon. I live in a U.S. town with an ocean beach, and I wonder if and when I will begin to encounter this much plastic on my own beach walks. We all share the same oceans. Mussels and other shellfish increasingly eat microplastics, and these mussels share the oceans with all of us as well. The final photo in this gallery is from Dhaka where people are living in similar conditions on their waterways. Beach cleanups in these areas don’t work… the trash is back the next week. #PlanetorPlastic _________ These images are part of a multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis. Learn what you can do to help. Take Your Pledge: natgeo.com/environment/plasticpledge

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Photo by @randyolson. Yes, I’m still polluting @natgeo’s feed with pictures to draw attention to the global plastic waste crisis. Manila’s Pasig River dumps into Manila Bay, and beach goers enjoy a solid floor of plastic waste to lounge upon. I live in a U.S. town with an ocean beach, and I wonder if and when I will begin to encounter this much plastic on my own beach walks. We all share the same oceans. Mussels and other shellfish increasingly eat microplastics, and these mussels share the oceans with all of us as well. The final photo in this gallery is from Dhaka where people are living in similar conditions on their waterways. Beach cleanups in these areas don’t work… the trash is back the next week. #PlanetorPlastic
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These images are part of a multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis. Learn what you can do to help. Take Your Pledge: natgeo.com/environment/plasticpledge

We gotta save Mother Nature before it’s too late.

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Disclaimer: WheninManila.com does not own the photos above. Credits go to Randy Olson.






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