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'We're killing what we love' - stark video warning on Baikal pollution

By Olga Gertcyk
06 July 2017

How wildfires, industrial-scale logging, sewage discharges and garbage mountains threaten the world's greatest lake.

'We're killing what we love' - stark video warning on Baikal pollution

A new video highlighting the ecological threat to Baikal - the world's oldest and deepest lake - is going viral. 

Made by Stanislav Tolstnev, a renowned photographer and filmmaker from Irkutsk, it shows the severe jeopardy facing this wondrous  heritage, which contains some 20% of the world's unfrozen freshwater as well as unique fauna and flora.

The first part of the film shows the exceptional nature of  Baikal.

The second highlights the real and present danger facing this 25 million year old lake, which is 1,642 metres (5,387 ft) deep.

'We're killing what we love' - stark video warning on Baikal pollution 


'We're killing what we love' - stark video warning on Baikal pollution 


'We're killing what we love' - stark video warning on Baikal pollution 

Images show the wildfires which annually threaten the boreal forests in the region, some started by man.

Over two years, some 500,000 hectares of forest has vanished. 

They highlight the role of the timber industry in destroying trees, which campaigners argue alters the ecological balance. 

Footage shows the way some 5 million cubic metres of water containing sewage is discharging into Baikal, which is famed for some of the cleanest water in the world. 

On top of this, around 1 million tons of hard and liquid waste was left on the shore in 2016.

The video ends with a phrase 'We're killing what we love'.

'I made a short one-minute video regarding ecology and Baikal at the request of the prosecutor's office in Irkutsk region,'  said Stanislv Tolstnev.

'It will be shown on banners in the region as well as on television. 

'Please, share this video if you care about destiny of our Baikal.' 

Comments (3)

This is a crime against all of humanity!!!! Today a large part of the artic fell off. Good people all over the earth! Band together over this one important ecology project.. let this. Lake be relaying cry no more$$$talks an poor folks walk!!
No we use this as a starting point. Save our planet for our future planet for the future!!!!






Thompson gwen, Seattle wa
15/07/2017 09:54
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This is tragic. Baikal is jewel of the world's natural heritage.
NoOneYouKnow, USA
09/07/2017 08:46
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All the planet the same goes on.
Andres Suarez, Cancun, Mexico
07/07/2017 00:21
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