April 22 is Earth Day, a time to reflect on the state of our planet and give respect to the environment that sustains us. Sadly, not all is well on our glorious globe. Despite decades of “green” consciousness, humans seem hell-bent on obliterating our habitat. Inspired by the book Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot, we’re hoping some of these photos depress you into action. Take a look through these 13 haunting photos of how humans destroy Earth. What are you going to do about it?
1. Oil Spills
Oil spills can spread for hundreds of nautical miles, covering the ocean in a thin toxic slick. This can kill sea birds, shellfish, mammals and other organisms it coats. It can also destroy marine ecosystems, pollute beaches, contaminate water supplies and impact tourism and fishery economies. The largest marine oil spill in history was the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, which leaked more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. With man’s continued dependency on oil, more accidents like this are bound to happen.