Most of us don’t usually think about how our daily actions impact the world around us. A few plastic bags here, a water bottle there. It’s difficult to visualize any immediate changes to our surroundings. However, when you look at the fact that the average person generates more than four pounds of waste every day, you can imagine that it would start to add up. These shocking photographs show the horrifying results of increasing population growth and endless waste generation, and they are absolutely jaw-dropping.
This photo is of a man surfing amidst garbage in a bay in Java, Indonesia. Residents of the area do not have a system for waste disposal, so they are forced to discard their trash into the water.