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What This Man And His Son Have To Do To Survive Is Heartbreaking

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While you might think that your corner of the world is pretty clean, there are some places where people literally live and work in piles of garbageand we”re not talking about trained sanitation professionals. These people are just ordinary folks trying to make a living using the only resource they have: trash. It sounds disgusting, but what”s gross is how your clutter-free life could be impacting the lives and overall health of these individuals.

This father and son are a horrifying example of people who actually live in garbage. Each day, they steer a makeshift boat built from styrofoam through a river choked with floating garbage in Manila, Philippines. They”re looking for items they can salvage, and try to sell these items at local junk shops. It”s hard, dirty work, and it has little payoff; their average earnings are around three dollars a day.

Seeing these photos is heartbreaking, and it brings up several uncomfortable issues that the world has to deal with: pollution, water quality, and finding gainful employment for poor families like this one.

These photos came to light just before World Water Day, which was celebrated around the world on March 22. This festival addresses water management and how it relates to health, ecology, industry, urban planning, and, well, everything. We wouldn”t be here if not for water, and it”s up to us to make sure that everyone, including this man and his son, has access to clean water.

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