20 million Americans mobilized on April 22, 1970; 30 years later, that number was up to 200 million citizens of the Earth. What was the cause that brought these people together? The desire to make the Earth a better place.

Earth Day is not a holiday, but an annual event dedicated to demonstrating support for environmental action. Consider the math: in many Western countries, each person generates 4.3lb (1.95kg) of waste every day, up from 2.7 (1.2kg) in 1960. There are now 7.3 billion people in the world; with the current population growth rate of 1.1%, this means that in roughly 64 years, the Earth's population will be almost 15 billion.

That's a lot of garbage. Let's do our part, avoid the mistakes of the past, and keep our planet clean! If you have an image of pollution in our neighborhood, add a photo to this list - and then help clean it up!

#1

Tortoise Trapped By Plastic

Tortoise Trapped By Plastic

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TeszineMF 4 years ago

OMG that's what he grew up with? a trap of human pollution. :( just like prisoner since born.

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#2

Turtle Trapped In Plastic Waste Couldn't Grow

Turtle Trapped In Plastic Waste Couldn't Grow

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JoBarbee 4 years ago

This is absolutely heartbreaking

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#3

Koala Lost Her Home

Koala Lost Her Home

theguardian.com Report

LucieHadáčková 4 years ago

:(

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#4

Bird In Oil Spill

Bird In Oil Spill

Charlie Riedel Report

sctntxtn13 4 years ago

Ohhh wooowwww. That dont even look like a bird. Poor thing

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#5

Albatross Killed By Excessive Plastic Ingestion In Midway Islands (North Pacific)

Albatross Killed By Excessive Plastic Ingestion In Midway Islands (North Pacific)

populationspeakout.org Report

MonikaMorgan 4 years ago

What a horriable way to die.

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#6

Stork Trapped In Plastic

Stork Trapped In Plastic

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Cookie 4 years ago

This is so wrong.

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#7

Suffering Seal Not Safe In Its Own Habitat

Suffering Seal Not Safe In Its Own Habitat

pixshark.com Report

SusannaVesna 4 years ago

Christ! :'(( I want to cry

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#8

Oiled Penguins

Oiled Penguins

John Hrusa Report

SusannaVesna 4 years ago

Oh nooo :( Fuck oil!

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#9

Surfing On A Wave Full Of Trash In Java (Indonesia), The World’s Most Populated Island

Surfing On A Wave Full Of Trash In Java (Indonesia), The World’s Most Populated Island

populationspeakout.org Report

awankaya 4 years ago

this is my island? wow

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#10

He Spends Each Morning Looking For Recyclable Plastic That He Can Sell For 35 Cents Per Kilo To Help His Family

He Spends Each Morning Looking For Recyclable Plastic That He Can Sell For 35 Cents Per Kilo To Help His Family

George Steinmetz Report

MonikaMorgan 4 years ago

What a shit way to make a living, but in a small way he is helping to clean up some of the pollution.

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#11

Fake Hong Kong Skyline For Tourists

Fake Hong Kong Skyline For Tourists

Molly Smith Report

#12

Seal's Nose Trapped In Plastic Waste

Seal's Nose Trapped In Plastic Waste

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MonikaMorgan 4 years ago

There are so many people out there that don't give a damn.

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#13

Bird In Oil Spill

Bird In Oil Spill

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Cookie 4 years ago

That is heartbreaking.

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#14

Boy Swimming In Polluted Water In India

Boy Swimming In Polluted Water In India

greenatom.net Report

AlisonBoroski 4 years ago

How horrifying that this is likely the norm for him.

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#15

Child Drinks Water From Stream In Fuyuan County, Yunnan Province

Child Drinks Water From Stream In Fuyuan County, Yunnan Province

Reuters Report

GraceHunter 4 years ago

So sad to see this. We are all lucky we can drink clean water every day.

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#16

Girl Walks Through Smog In Beijing, Where Small-Particle Pollution Is 40 Times Over International Safety Standard

Girl Walks Through Smog In Beijing, Where Small-Particle Pollution Is 40 Times Over International Safety Standard

Kyodo News Report

#17

Worker Cleans Away Dead Fish At A Lake In Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province

Worker Cleans Away Dead Fish At A Lake In Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province

Reuters Report

ΛctuallyFinest 2 years ago

The fish could of had a future but all they got was the filthy death we gave them.

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#18

Ken River Oil Field, California (USA) – Exploited Since 1899

Ken River Oil Field, California (USA) – Exploited Since 1899

populationspeakout.org Report

MonikaMorgan 4 years ago

What a scary picture.

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#19

Mexico City Landscape, 20 Million Inhabitants

Mexico City Landscape, 20 Million Inhabitants

populationspeakout.org Report

DonGuild 4 years ago

Wow. talk about overcrowding.

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#20

Child Swims In A Polluted Reservoir, Pingba

Child Swims In A Polluted Reservoir, Pingba

Reuters Report

AlvinSavoy 4 years ago

O M G

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#21

Landscape Full Of Trash In Bangladesh

Landscape Full Of Trash In Bangladesh

populationspeakout.org Report

wolvesrcool 4 years ago

wait till the day the whole earth is like this , just because of stupidity

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#22

Man Cleans Up Oil Spill In Dalian Port, Liaoning

Man Cleans Up Oil Spill In Dalian Port, Liaoning

Reuters Report

GraceHunter 4 years ago

What a job !

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#23

Great Wall Of China, Shame

Great Wall Of China, Shame

Sa Cha Report

JeanneDeaux 4 years ago

Shame on tourists! It's not because you are not home that you can do whatever you want!

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#24

A Bald Sunbear In Borneo Where Major Deforestation Is Threatening Their Habitat And Health

A Bald Sunbear In Borneo Where Major Deforestation Is Threatening Their Habitat And Health

www.thedodo.com Report

DiánaPalágyi 4 years ago

OMG that's creepy!:-O Poor thing!

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#25

Residents Look At A Heavily Polluted River, Zhugao, Sichuan Province

Residents Look At A Heavily Polluted River, Zhugao, Sichuan Province

independent.co.uk Report

Riccardo Brio 1 week ago

nice pool

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#26

A Mute Swan Builds A Nest Using Plastic Garbage

A Mute Swan Builds A Nest Using Plastic Garbage

wikipedia.org Report

MoruţNeli 4 years ago

well SHE can recycle :/ and humans can't ?!

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#27

Landfill In Accra (Ghana). Our Electronic Rubbish Usually Ends Up In Third-world Countries

Landfill In Accra (Ghana). Our Electronic Rubbish Usually Ends Up In Third-world Countries

populationspeakout.org Report

IvelenaCosta 4 years ago

WTF?! This is some bullshit. URGH!! My poor Africa </3

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#28

Boy Swims In Algae-filled Water, Qingdao, Shandong

Boy Swims In Algae-filled Water, Qingdao, Shandong

Reuters Report

JeaninePerez-Mengel 4 years ago

Disgusting dirty humans!

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#29

Man Walks By Pipe Discharging Waste Water Into Yangtze River

Man Walks By Pipe Discharging Waste Water Into Yangtze River

William Hong Report

Cookie 4 years ago

Same thing in Malaysia.

#30

Frog In Polluted Water

Frog In Polluted Water

liveignite.com Report

KariOlson 4 years ago

Save me....

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#31

Journalist Takes A Sample Of Polluted Red Water From Jianhe River

Journalist Takes A Sample Of Polluted Red Water From Jianhe River

Reuters Report

MoruţNeli 4 years ago

meow, she should be wearing gloves though :s

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#32

Crab Lives In Old Bottle

Crab Lives In Old Bottle

animalnewsthepodcast.wordpress.com Report

Bacony 3 weeks ago

Waste not, want not.

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#33

Plastic Bag Floats In The Sea Off The Philippines. Ocean Plastic Has Turned Up Literally Everywhere - In The Deep Sea And Buried In Arctic Ice

Plastic Bag Floats In The Sea Off The Philippines. Ocean Plastic Has Turned Up Literally Everywhere - In The Deep Sea And Buried In Arctic Ice

Keith A. Ellenbogen Report

Riccardo Brio 1 week ago

jelly fish

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#34

Young Raccoon With Fishing Lure Caught In Lip.

Young Raccoon With Fishing Lure Caught In Lip.

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Cookie 4 years ago

How many more out there die?

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#35

Over 3000 Dead Pigs Fished Out Of Huangpu River

Over 3000 Dead Pigs Fished Out Of Huangpu River

Bernaby Jaco Skinner Report

ShaudaySmith 4 years ago

not sure if this is from pollution.. maybe some sort of disaster. a damn shame nonetheless.

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#36

A Family Walks On A Garbage-strewn Beach In Mumbai

A Family Walks On A Garbage-strewn Beach In Mumbai

Vovek Prakash Report

MirekPraha 4 years ago

Earth Wars: Episode MMXV - The Nature Strikes Back

#37

Boy In Polluted Water

Boy In Polluted Water

darksideof.com Report

ibby 4 years ago

This is also in Qingdao, China. They just have a lot of algae in their coastal waters.

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#38

Fire At Oil Platform In Gulf Of Mexico, April 2010

Fire At Oil Platform In Gulf Of Mexico, April 2010

populationspeakout.org Report

#39

Boy Tries To Avoid Scattered Rubbish Floating On A Flooded Street In Shantou, Guangdong Province

Boy Tries To Avoid Scattered Rubbish Floating On A Flooded Street In Shantou, Guangdong Province

Reuters Report

Cookie 4 years ago

All this will end up in the sea. :'(

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#40

California Drought

California Drought

nytimes.com Report

Cookie 4 years ago

Americans are 5% of the world's population but consume 25% of its resources. That'll teach them.

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#41

Fishermen Row A Boat In The Algae-filled Chaohu Lake In Hefei, Anhui Province

Fishermen Row A Boat In The Algae-filled Chaohu Lake In Hefei, Anhui Province

Jianan Yu Report

Riccardo Brio 1 week ago

the earth is flat this is the proof

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#42

Workers Try To Drain Sewage Water From Leaking Sewage Tank, Shanghang, Fujian

Workers Try To Drain Sewage Water From Leaking Sewage Tank, Shanghang, Fujian

Reuters Report

MirekPraha 4 years ago

they are cleaning some industry equipment, so what is the problem? No pollution outside. you are trying to manipulate our minds.

#43

Buildings In Beijing Surrounded By Smog

Buildings In Beijing Surrounded By Smog

China Photo Press Report

IraAjah 4 years ago

it seems like death city. very dark everywhere :(

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#44

Dry 'river' In Northern Bali - When The Rains Come The Plastic Washes Out To Sea.

Dry 'river' In Northern Bali - When The Rains Come The Plastic Washes Out To Sea.

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Cookie 4 years ago

OMG....

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#45

Indonesian Forest Transformed Into Palm Plantation

Indonesian Forest Transformed Into Palm Plantation

populationspeakout.org Report

BekkaWilson 4 years ago

This is so sad to see, and is the reason younger generations will probably only see orangutans in zoological museums

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#46

Workers Clean Up Floating Garbage On The Yangtze River

Workers Clean Up Floating Garbage On The Yangtze River

Reuters Report

Riccardo Brio 1 week ago

that's garbage

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#47

Terrible Pollution In India's Rivers

Terrible Pollution In India's Rivers

businessinsider.in Report

ErinSmith 4 years ago

I don't understand what I'm looking at. It looks like foam/bubbles...?

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#48

Brazil Drought

Brazil Drought

Nacho Doce Report

YuriLee 4 years ago

Looks like a person going :-o~WATER!!!

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#49

Pollution From A Factory In Yutian, 100km East Of Beijing

Pollution From A Factory In Yutian, 100km East Of Beijing

Peter Parks Report

#50

Plastic Sandals Found On Beaches In Raja Ampat

Plastic Sandals Found On Beaches In Raja Ampat

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IraAjah 4 years ago

glad they took it and save the place from this garbage. raja ampat is beautiful place. one of the best place for diving on the ocean.

#51

Part Of The Amazonian Jungle In Brazil, Burnt Down To Be “Repurposed”

Part Of The Amazonian Jungle In Brazil, Burnt Down To Be “Repurposed”

populationspeakout.org Report

Bacony 3 weeks ago

Human karma level: -6829103

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#52

An Elderly Man Uses A Broom To Sweep Away A Burst Of Algal Bloom From The Surface Of A Pond In Order To Bathe In Jiaxing

An Elderly Man Uses A Broom To Sweep Away A Burst Of Algal Bloom From The Surface Of A Pond In Order To Bathe In Jiaxing

darksideof.com Report

GabrielėPetrauskaitė 4 years ago

yeah, and he's washing out the shampoo or something like that out of his head. Way to go.

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#53

Cat And Trash At A Beautiful Beach In The Westsahara, Morocco

Cat And Trash At A Beautiful Beach In The Westsahara, Morocco

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Bacony 3 months ago

Well, it WAS beautiful until the hoomans appeared and dumped artificial danger noodles and bubble wrap over it.

#54

Pollution In Tiananmen Square In China

Pollution In Tiananmen Square In China

soymedioambiente.com Report

YvesWouters 4 years ago

i suspect this screen isn't powered by solar power...

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#55

Girl And Her Father Collect Water From Puddle At Dried-up Reservoir, Baofeng County

Girl And Her Father Collect Water From Puddle At Dried-up Reservoir, Baofeng County

Reuters Report

#56

Blizzard Of Nor'easters No Surprise Thanks To Climate Change

Blizzard Of Nor'easters No Surprise Thanks To Climate Change

Derek Gee Report

CharliEdgems 4 years ago

The snow looks so soft and smooth... I WANNA PLAY IN IT

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#57

Madhya Pradesh,in.:cows Awaiting Death,poisoned By Plasic,eaten With Food In The Garbage.

Madhya Pradesh,in.:cows Awaiting Death,poisoned By Plasic,eaten With Food In The Garbage.

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IraAjah 4 years ago

this is really heartbreaking :'(

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#58

A River In The Suburbs Of Mumbai.

A River In The Suburbs Of Mumbai.

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MayankMaheshwari 4 years ago

This is not a river! It's a dirty pond

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#59

Plastic Kochin, India

Plastic Kochin, India

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MarjoLampinenQvist 4 years ago

Terrible! I was there with my family 2008 and it didn´t look like this then....

#60

Open Dumping In The Streets Of New Delhi, India

Open Dumping In The Streets Of New Delhi, India

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#61

Taken At A Tourist Spot In India - 2011

Taken At A Tourist Spot In India - 2011

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LauraPiper 4 years ago

I suppose it only takes one tosser to throw a bottle down there and the rest will follow!!

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#62

Mekong - Laos.

Mekong - Laos.

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Cookie 4 years ago

100% bought and thrown by tourists.

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#63

Derilect Building In Johannesburg

Derilect Building In Johannesburg

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#64

The Ship-breakers Of Bangladesh

The Ship-breakers Of Bangladesh

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MirekPraha 4 years ago

Ship-breakers area good example of recycling business. This photo is not about pollution at all.

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#65

Landfill Perimeter 2 Days After Being Cleaned

Landfill Perimeter 2 Days After Being Cleaned

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Viomery 4 years ago

thats just crazy, some ppl just cant keep anything clean

#66

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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Viomery 4 years ago

;-; so sad

#67

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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#68

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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#69

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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#70

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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#71

Shall We Take A Swim In Plastic Soup, We Don't Have To Go Far...

Shall We Take A Swim In Plastic Soup, We Don't Have To Go Far...

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PolythenePam 4 years ago

why I boycott the filthy stuff - If you want to cut your plastic footprint check out plastic free alternatives www.plasticisrubbish.com

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#72

Future Of Wildlife

Future Of Wildlife

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#73

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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#74

Pelican Unable To Fly Due To A Plastic Wire Around Its Legs

Pelican Unable To Fly Due To A Plastic Wire Around Its Legs

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Abigail Lebeau 11 months ago

Where's the photo?

#75

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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#76

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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#77

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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#78

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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#79

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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#80

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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#81

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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#82

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)