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Photographs of nearly a thousand soccer balls found at the beach

As the World Cup festivities have kicked-off, one photographer hopes to use the beautiful game as a way to help save the environment. UK-based photographer Mandy Barker, with the help of her supporters, collected 769 marine debris footballs and 223 other types of balls from 144 beaches from 41 different countries in 4 months. The result of this massive initiative is ‘Penalty’, a series that aims to raise awareness about the world’s growing pollution problems in our oceans and seas.

According to The Guardian, the balls were photographed as is, meaning to say, the images you see are the unaltered, unwashed pieces of rubbish that were found on pristine beaches in different places. Some were even homes to shrews, ants, and crabs. Others revealed bite marks from fish and turtles.


At last night’s opening ceremony of the World Cup, three children (presumedly representing Brazil’s “racial democracy”) released three white doves in an act symbolizing peace and harmony. But what the cameras didn’t show (because it’s literally illegal to protest during a FIFA event) is that as they walked off the field the empowered Guarani youth held up a banner calling for “demarcation” of indigenous lands (the federal state suspended these negotiations in 2013). Brazil’s indigenous peoples are currently engaged in a fierce battle to defend their homelands from predatory land owners and an encroaching state, both of which want to limit the territory of the country’s native groups and exploit their natural resources. You didn’t see his brave act on TV, but you can support his cause by liking and sharing this post and photo from the Yvyrupa Guarani Commission.
You can also read more about Brazil’s indigenous movement here:

(Source: soccertronix)

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