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Visitor shares concerning scene discovered while walking along river: 'Sad to see people not caring about where they live'

"It seemed so normal to them."

"It seemed so normal to them."

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The contrast between nature's beauty and unsightly litter is undeniable.

A commenter on Reddit shared a picture of the Black River in Mauritius, a popular tourist destination in the Indian Ocean, surrounded by overfilled trash cans and garbage strewn across its riverbank. 

"It seemed so normal to them."
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This image highlights a pervasive littering problem in Mauritius. Despite recent government initiatives to address the issue, the problem persists, underscoring the urgent need for action.

"Welcome to Mauritius… The government and a big part of the population don't care about the environment," another Redditor said.

Another common theme in the comments was the country's lack of education about littering. "They are nurtured to think it's fine [from a young age]," one user mentioned.

Littering and excess waste buildup damage the environment's beauty and seriously threaten wildlife. Decomposing waste releases planet-warming gases into the atmosphere, and chemicals from the waste contaminate surrounding plant life and drinking water. Wildlife often mistake trash for food, leading to entanglement or even death.

Increased awareness about the harmful effects of littering can be a powerful tool in the fight against climate destruction. A study from Clean Virginia Waterways suggests that littering could be reduced by 50% or more through effective and continual educational campaigns, offering a glimmer of hope in this challenging situation.

More education can avoid more sad scenes such as the one this commenter experienced firsthand in Mauritius: "I witnessed a family having a picnic on the grass by the ocean. Once they finished they took all their rubbish, walked down to the rocks by the water and threw everything into the rocks and the waves. I wanted to say something but it seemed so normal to them."

Another person said: "It's really sad to see people not caring about where they live."

Respect for nature underscores how climate activists will continue to make progress. One impactful action you can take is voting to elect people into office who have a history of pro-environment positions. Every bit of change, even small, accumulates over time to help make the world a cleaner place to live.

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