Shocking photos of polluted rivers filled with rubbish in India, Philippines and Vietnam have emerged ahead of the annual World Environment Day June 5.
This year’s theme is plastic pollution and India, which contains 14 of the most plastic-polluted cities in the world according to the World Health Organization, is the country in focus.
Drains in the country’s capital city, New Delhi, are choked with plastic, while streets are lined with bags of trash and rivers are full of waste and pollution.
In photos, you can see that sewage drain canals in the slums are clogged with plastic and residents go about their lives around it.
Ram Nath, 40, makes a living from sorting recyclable trash – like plastic bottles – from waste in the Yamuna river in India.
It is one of India’s most sacred rivers – but it’s also one of the most polluted.
In Manila, the Philippines, the Pasig River is considered to be one of the most polluted in the world because of the large amount of waste dumped in it.
Despite the pollution, it remains a popular swimming spot for children and people in the area.
Environmental advocates in the Philippines are calling on the government to rehabilitate the river.
They have set up the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission, but its efforts have deteriorated over time.
Pasig River provides food, livelihood and transport to Manila, so it’s important that the pollution is brought to a stop.
Indonesia has been ranked as the second biggest marine polluter in the world, just behind China.
Reports that show the country produces 187.2 million tons of plastic waste each year.
The country lacks the infrastructure required to effectively manage their waste.
The problem has become so severe that the nation’s army has been called in to help clean-up its rivers – which are clogged with bottles, bags and plastic packaging.
According to studies, there could be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050.
Actual plastic particles may be in our seafood, as fish consume the plastic which are coated in bacteria and algae, mimicking their food sources.