This turtle was caught in a rubber band. 19 years later he looks like THIS.

As the global population increases, so does consumption and waste. It is easy to forget how our trash can affect other humans, animals, and the environment. These powerful images remind us to think about every soda can or plastic bag we throw away.

19 years ago, when he was still a baby, this turtle got caught in a rubber band. This is what he looks like today:

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The Great Wall of China complete with convenient “trash cans:”

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This river is being used as a dumping ground:

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This bird is stuck in a plastic bag:

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 This seal had to be freed from this styrofoam cup because he could barely breathe:

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This bird is barely recognizable after a catastrophic oil spill:

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Industrial waste and trash in the countryside:

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This turtle was caught in a plastic can holder:

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Garbage collectors on boats:

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A boy in China drinks water from streets covered in garbage:

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A child goes for a swim in the trash:

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A sea lion caught in a piece of wire:

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A child wades through a street completely covered in waste:

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A boy jumps over a pond filled with garbage:

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He is going swimming where most would wear a protective suit:

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Hopefully these images inspire all of us to become more aware so that together, we can protect the future of our planet.

H/t http://www.hefty.co/plastic-in-water/?ref=fb

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