This is What We're Doing To The Environment And It Breaks My Heart. Get Ready To Be Shocked

This might be the most powerful wake up call for us ever. If we ever knew the amount of trash that we create each year, it would literally shock us to the pelt. In January, photographer Gregg Segal took an initiative to actually portray the seriousness of the situation by his famous piece of work called “7 Days of Garbage". It shows Californian friends, neighbors, and relative strangers lying in the trash they created in one week. You will not be able to go to sleep after seeing this.

1. Dana

1. Dana
Gregg Segal

Trash is a bigger problem in America. Americans trash about 1/3 of their food, worth $161bn - USD.

2. Marsha and Steven.

2. Marsha and Steven.
Gregg Segal

The shocking statistic gives a new meaning to the term ‘junk food,’ as Americans are sending 133 billion lbs (60 billion kg) of food to the garbage dump each year. To put it another way, 141 trillion calories annually – or 1,249 calories per capita daily – went uneaten in the United States, according to a report by the US Department of Agriculture.

3. Michael, Jason, Annie, and Olivia.

3. Michael, Jason, Annie, and Olivia.
Gregg Segal

Based on proprietary data released to the public, Nevada was named America's "Most Wasteful State" for the years 2008-2013; where each resident threw away over 14 pounds of non-recycled, unreused items, often ending up into landfills and incinerators per day, eight pounds over the national state daily throwaway average. "Wasteful" states Michigan, New Mexico, Wisconsin and Oregon as well as Washington also dominated the list's 5-year period.

4. John.

4. John.
Gregg Segal

Home to only 4% of the global population, we are responsible for more than 30% of the planet’s total waste generation. Each American discards an average of more than 1,650 pounds of garbage every year, or approximately 4.6 pounds per person each day, nearly double the 1960 average of 2.7 pounds per day.

5. Till and Nicholas.

5. Till and Nicholas.
Gregg Segal

So, there are hundreds of land- fills to get rid of our mess. But, the most worrying problem with land-filling food waste is that it generates methane gas as it decomposes anaerobically. Methane is 21 times more powerful in accelerating global warming than carbon dioxide

6. Susan.

6. Susan.
Gregg Segal

Now do you see the seriousness of the situation? It all just ties up together...Wasted food - Tons of trash - Hunger - Deadly diseases - Global warming - The End.

7. Milt.

7. Milt.
Gregg Segal

Believe it or not.....Trash Is America’s $384 Billion Problem! Yes, that's how much it costs. Is it worth so many human lives? Is it worth our planet?

8. Lya, Whitney, and Kathrin.

8. Lya, Whitney, and Kathrin.
Gregg Segal

Some More Shocking Facts That Will Leave You Fumbling For Words:                                                                    - In a lifetime, an average American will generate garbage 600 times of his/her adult weight .                          - An average baby generates a ton of garbage every year. ...

9. Sam and Jane.

9. Sam and Jane.
Gregg Segal

- One of every six trucks in the U.S. is a garbage truck.                                                                                                  - Americans throw more than 21 million shopping bags full of food to the landfills every year. ....

10. Elias, Jessica, Azai, and Ri-karlo.

10. Elias, Jessica, Azai, and Ri-karlo.
Gregg Segal

- 10% of rich countries’ greenhouse gas emissions come from growing food that is never eaten.                      - If we planted trees on land currently used to grow unnecessary surplus and wasted food, this would              offset a theoretical maximum of 100% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

11. Alfie, Kirsten, Miles, and Elly.

11. Alfie, Kirsten, Miles, and Elly.
Gregg Segal

The amount of trash in most countries has been incredibly increasing, while approximately only 10 percent of every landfill can be cleaned up. If you walk a mile along an average U.S. highway, you will mostly see about 1,547 pieces of litter. According to EPA, 84 percent of all household waste can be recycled or composted.

12. James.

12. James.
Gregg Segal

It is high time, we start taking responsibility for our actions and do something about our planet. I know they say, "Its too late to save the planet!" But its never too late. There is absolutely no time to waste. The time for saving our planet is now........or NEVER.