See What Humans are Really Doing to Our Planet, in 19 Jaw-Dropping Images

Everyone is encouraged to consume less and think more about our impact on the environment. It’s a timely warning because the next six months will be critical to our future.

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Ahead of a series of major events later this year, The Foundation for Deep Ecology and the Population Media Center released a collection that illustrates the devastating effects of out-of-control growth and waste, and it’s breathtaking.

It’s difficult to always know the impacts of our daily choices, like the real effect of buying a bottled water or an extra TV or laptop. With 220,000 more people on the planet every day, and the average person generating over 4 pounds of waste a day — an almost 60% increase since 1960 — the impact of that growth and change in behavior is rarely seen like this.

2Mexico City, Mexico, one of the most populous cities in the Western Hemisphere.