Animals are having to deal with our waste. In Our Filth is bringing together pictures from across the country to highlight the problem. Photos: Instagram/@SanctuaryAsia
Where do the styrofoam plates we use at parties go once we’re done using them? Or the crushed plastic bottles we throw by the side of the road? What about the chip bags and plastic packets we throw out of train windows? While the fact that we have a waste problem is not really news to us, a new project is showing us the critters and creatures that end up on the other side of our waste.
Cara Tejpal and Prachi Galange, colleagues at the Sanctuary Nature Foundation, came across a concerning number of images of wild animals in polluted surroundings as part of their work. They turned this little observation into an online public awareness campaign, to bring people’s attention to the connection between the waste we generate and the wild animals in our surroundings. Titled #InOurFilth, the project invites photographers from across the country to submit images with the hashtag on social media that highlight how India’s wildlife ends up having to deal with our waste.