Sea of Garbage

No matter how much you love swimming I’m willing to bet the farm you wouldn’t dare do it here…unless you have a death wish!

This is the Citarum river, in Indonesia, possibly the most polluted river in the world, due to mankind’s greed and insensibility regarding environment. Once one of the most beautiful waters in Asia, now the Citarum is a graveyard of debris, where locals, who can no longer fish, risk their lives scavenging for bottles and anything else they might sell for a small profit.

excavator in Citarum River

Beggars searching through the garbage of Citarum River

the most polluted river in the world

Citarum River, the most polluted river on Earth

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  • Avril Lavigne Posted on July 10, 2009

    OMG!!!!!!!!! What a mess?…….. What a river of garbage?……….

  • weepingod Posted on July 31, 2009

    I hav lived in Indo all my life. The pic u c is not photoshopped. Its real. I c it everyday. The average Indo adult has the mental maturity of a teenager. So its almost impossible to reason with them, whatever serious issues that you are trying to convey will just turn into a joke and they will laugh about it in front of you (seriously). These ‘kids’ think they know better than anybody else (foreigners). Even if anyone cares enuf (or is dumb enuf) to finance a ‘clean up’, all that money will be corrupted. So let them drown in their own filth. They deserve it. They really do.

  • D Posted on August 3, 2009

    wow weeping….very candid remarks….but sadly I lived in Indonesia for a year and I agree with your observations.

    Same could se said for the whole human race…seems we need 50% of our time just to tell folks the need to live within our means

  • Chila Posted on November 10, 2009

    Not necesary due to “mankind’s greed and insensibility regarding environment”. It’s the population excess that leads to this. The best way to address pollution is decreasing human population.

  • kurosaki kaos kaki Posted on August 30, 2010

    it will be shame for the citizen of Indonesia

  • Cheryl Vaine Posted on November 4, 2010

    It’s really disgusting. Is it the citizen fault or the government fault? The government of Indonesia should educate and increase the awareness about conserving Mother Nature among the Indonesians.