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Statistics about plastic pollution and the far-reaching impact of this material are so massive it is hard to even comprehend how bad the issue is, but a picture is worth a thousand words – and this video of a Haitian river that is more trash than water says everything about this sad and dangerous reality.

The video, shared by Buenos Aires-based charity Red Climática Mundial and recorded by Hervé Saintilus, shows the unbelievable state of a river in the coastal commune of Léogâne. Plastic trash is a huge problem in Haiti, littering the streets and waterways, as garbage is being dumped there due to the poor waste management system. Even though the government prohibited the import of polyethylene and polystyrene in 2012 to alleviate the problem, the law has not been properly enforced, and the issue still needs to be resolved.

The haunting footage highlights the burning problem of plastic waste and what happens on a global scale. The takeout containers and countless other items floating in the river illustrate the true second life of the plastics we use on a daily basis. Much of the non-biodegradable waste we use today is polluting the environment, threatening wildlife, and even coming back to us in different ways.

Over 8.8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans every year, and it is estimated that some 85 percent of the plastic we throw away is not recycled. To learn how you can cut this harmful material out of your life, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign.

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2 comments on “This River Is More Trash Than It Is Water Because of Our Reckless Obsession With Plastics (VIDEO)”

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11 Days ago

this is so fucking disgusting. shame on the government of these countries.

11 Jun 2018

In their defence they have been under political attack from the USA for quite sometime and have had the USA try and install their own puppet as leader in a coup.


How can countries like Haiti establish proper systems for their populations when they are under constant attack from US government and non government organisations funded by the US government who want to install their man who will give the US their resources rather than use them to improve the lives of their own people.

People In Haiti litter their environment with plastic. The US litters the world with guns, bombs, Cluster bombs, depleted uranium rounds and land mines. Just look at the US supported genocide going on in Yemen. Why are they not jumping up and down about human rights violations there or in the Gaza Strip?

Yet 34 people purported to have been gassed in a total fabrication in Duma and they attack Syria with no evidence, not even one body of evidence. Why because it fits their narrative to remove Assad who refused the laying of a gas pipeline through Syria to Europe from the middle East.

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