How Millions of Microscopic Fibers Are Ending Up in Our Bodies | The Swim - Lake Harding Association

How Millions of Microscopic Fibers Are Ending Up in Our Bodies | The Swim

How Millions of Microscopic Fibers Are Ending Up in Our Bodies | The Swim

By Micah Moen 100 Comments December 2, 2019


You may not be wearing an insulated wetsuit
like Pacific swimmer Ben Lecomte, but part of the outfit you’re wearing right now is
going to come in contact with the ocean eventually. The new invisible threat that they’re discovering
is that microfiber from all our clothes ends up in the ocean, and now they’re finding
already that it’s being ingested by animals. Does it pass through or does it end up in
their flesh, and then we end up eating it? These are the questions Dimitri Deheyn and
his team at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography are exploring, as they work with The Swim expedition
to investigate the strange little strings known as microfibers. Unfortunately, the fish will probably have
microfibers in its gut. So do I, and so do you. It is estimated that every single person would
have about three to five million microfibers going through their body on a given day. Shed by synthetic materials like polyester,
spandex, and nylon, microfibers are so abundant that the filters once designed to catch them
clogged so dramatically that companies removed them from washing machines altogether. Today, these particles flush freely into waterways
with every spin cycle. Microfibers are about five microns in size
or smaller, about 20 times smaller than the diameter of your hair. Microfibers are so small that they are
able to adsorb contaminants; and those contaminants may be many times more concentrated than in the surrounding water. Microfibers are tinier and carry more charge
than microplastics, meaning they may be circulated more quickly throughout global water and air
currents, and soak up more toxins or microorganisms along the way. They are so small that they are like little
needles that can poke a cell. These microfibers have been found in places
as remote as the North Pole. There are now increasing reports of microfibers
from Europe, from the United States of course from South America and of course from Asia. They are found in bottled water. They are found in water fountains
and anything that links to water, beer, wine, any kind of
liquid might contain some microfiber, to some extent. Those microfibers can go inside the cells
of the digestive tract, and from there, can they pass on into other tissues? Can it affect asthma? Irritation from the respiratory passages? Or anything else? With the help of the Seeker crew, Dimitri
and his team are collecting samples of ocean water and fish flesh to see if they can unravel
the mystery of microfibers’ impact. In terms of knowing what we breathe, what
we eat, and what we drink, it is important that we have a heat map of where microfibers are mainly concentrated. We expect that every single big city would
kind of have an area around it that would be rich in microfibers, associated
with where sewage is discharged, but we don’t really know what’s
truly offshore, far away from that. We don’t just try and catch fish to eat. We also are collecting samples from their
flesh, which we send back to be dissolved and to see if there’s microfiber in there. To count the fibers in the samples from the
boat, the team uses a blacklight, because microfibers are fluorescent. Many things in the ocean could fluoresce. We have some sort of a program that can teach
the computer to recognize what microfibers are based on their shape, based on their length, and based on the combination of spectral characteristics. The technology analyzes the images using face
recognition software. So once microfibers can be mapped, Dimitri’s
team tests how these synthetic particulates could actually impact our health, by using
light production from species as a potential clue. Organisms in the ocean that produce light,
when they don’t feel good, they produce less light. That’s a brittle star, tiny, tiny one. Evolutionary speaking, these animals are very
close to you and I. Its light production is directly correlated
to the health of the nervous system. So if the light does not follow a certain
pattern, we can assess neurotoxicity. It’s good to use them as a proxy to what we
could have as an impact for our own nervous system. My vision for the future is positive. We will start to learn from nature. And that’s the concept of biomimicry: what can we learn
from nature to be the best integrated in nature? Companies are already focusing on biomimicry
aspects of microfibers in clothing so that whatever we will generate will be fully reintegrated into the environment. We live in nature. We are part of nature. We are part of a closed system. We have water flowing through us and food
flowing through us, and whatever pollution we put out there, that will be flowing through
us as well. Eventually. Be sure to visit seeker.com/theswim to read daily updates from Ben Lecomte, track his progress in real time, and watch more videos about the science happening onboard Seeker. Click here for this next episode,
and don’t forget to subscribe. Thanks for watching.

100 Comments found

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PatrickAndFriendsPRO

[MORGELLONS INTENSIFIES]

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bloodshot557

We are one polluted motherfuckers lol

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Apeiron1

C'mon guys, we already have our hands full with global warming!

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Xeno Kudatarkar

What goes around, Comes around

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frank rizzo

Super cool this future sucks balls

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Kitty S

I was breathing micro-fibre glass while installing and restoring away air-condition in my room for the past 3-4 yrs. Then, I learned that I was supposed to cover my mouth and nose…. 😩
It's too late now though.
Hi, my name is Mansi, and I'm addicted to Micro-fibre glass. 🌚

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TheSoundOfTwang

Microplastics: 5,000 microns?
That can't be right

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Chadwick Jones

#GoVegan

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DelbertStinkfester

What if we started making the fibers larger?

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KillerBoy777

i dont eat fish ever ha gotem get juked kids

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Hamguy Bacon

need to produce hemp and bamboo clothing rather than use plastics.

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SoothingTouch WellnessCenter

Looking for clothing made from Bamboo plant fibers – I've read that they are stronger, 'silkier' & better moisture wicking & more durable than actual silk… supposed to be even better than hemp fiber due to ease of growing / wider range of zone growth tolerance, low nutrient need, faster growth rate & yield, especially helping individuals & developing economies but most of all Durability of finished products (lasts longer = means less economy demands, etc) – does anyone have any experience with how well bamboo clothing actually is?

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Simply Joe

So basically… microfiber is the real cause of cancer and various disease, but we still have to believe that voting can or will make a difference. I guess we have another 100 years left of suffering…

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Rajat Kumar

This how we die?

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Tyler Gladys

Could micro fibers really turn the frogs gay?

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MrDanayr16

Intelligent dust

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Cali Ridin

Morgellons?

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ProPaleo

Thanks for prioritizing the people’s health, you guys are great! Don’t forget to like this video youtubers, it helps attract more attention by being prioritized in search results.

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Blind Joe

Oh god I can feel it in my butt

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Blind Joe

Oh god I can feel it in my butt

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pauljs75

Most filters may not catch particles that small anyways. They could probably add a centrifugal separator to laundry machines to help trap smaller particles during the rinse and drain cycles, and then there'd be a drum canister you'd have to empty. And that would be less prone to clogging than a usual filter as well. More or less it works like dust separation does on bagless vacuum cleaners, so it's not like a completely unknown technology.

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Coconut

Well boys, chief said to pack up we’re switching planets

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Veselka

much synthetic on me is this material

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Cracken

Morgellons?

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Cracken

I LOVE my microfiber blanket, Men's bathrobe with microfiber hood, and bed sheets…FLUFFFYYYYY!!!

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LASH

I wonder how many fibers they’re putting there by their skin contaminating the samples, probably all of them. Surfer scientists, what could go wrong..

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Frameworks

There they go again , blaming another "invisible" danger for what their pharmaceutical mobs poison us with and to make the usual millenials psycho about for the next idiotic "environmental" stupidity.

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Shane

Don't eat fish, 200 IQ

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mata schmata

kill la kill?

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Todor Chiplakov

4:59 MY MAIN GOAL is to blow up and act like i don't know nobody

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Robert Ostman

there are a lot of dislikes… I wonder why… it seems like there are those who do not understand the importance of this video, I can imagine that a ton of viewers will buy natural fabrics and get rid of the toxic stuff… I am one of those… thanks for the info!!

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Demetri

Lol comon we got bigger problems than microfibers

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O2001

It's the cat, his dang hair gets everywhere

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eedobee

Plastics are healthy,

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Chris Dun

(In russian accent) fibers in body, you mean extra support, for when drunk stumbles?

(Joke 2 still in russain accent) if fiber infect eyeballs, does that mean i now have the fiber optics?

😉

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Chalen Yee

I'm not worried cause it seems that ingesting microfibers is unavoidable

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iZucc_xxEdgyDabz_xx v2

Earth is a joke and the universe should know it

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pilgrim's progress

Speakin theory as fact. Tryin to cover up nano particles an smartdust they're droppin on us along with chemtrails(aluminum, barium, strontium etc. And they're worried bout "microfibers". Aww how sweet.

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manny saucedo

Seeker: Now in things you didn't know you needed to worry about….

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Dr.Corona

Another reason to get nude and become nudist.

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Sirreal

So my neighbor with morgellons disease is right….

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Jonne Lopez

This video reminds me of that lady trying to sell me a $4000 vacuum. The 3 and a half hour demo was phenomenal every micro fibre in the carpet, couch and bed was sucked out, nothing close to what my vacuum can do. Unfortunately for her in the end I said no but thanks for vacuuming the place.

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mama to real

Is this how Morgellans was created?

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Howdy Justice

At least there are still only two genders.

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Jan Muylllaert

so why are you using a glass fibre boat and plastic bottles to collect your samples ? when I pay for proper disposal of items to be recycled I believe they don't end up in the sea … or is that not so ?

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Champion Horse

Thanks for sharing this

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Aditya Kumar

What is the charge that microplastics carry? Any Reference

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VeganVixen

Help reduce the production of new clothing by buying used clothing from thrift stores, garage sales, etc.
And please, stop eating and otherwise using animals! They want to live just like we do!

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No One

Bought some pajamas at Walmart 3 months ago. They shredded all over my house into little balls that stuck like glue to everything till they disintegrated.

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Ajax

Holy shit…

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Kate Chen

It's actually pretty dang hard to solve this environmental issue. You would actually have to put some major polyester using companies to bankruptcy, like H&M. Plus, microfiber are cheap to make, making it cheap apparel. Nobody would be willing to give up cheap clothing!

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Sylvanie William

Nice way to hide morgellons. It was released in chemtrails and infected the planet and now they blame clothing….seems legit

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Louis Hill

This makes me feel sick. The answer is to ban use of synthetic fibres but the onus is on the consumer – stop buying as many clothes! Go to charity shops, thrift stores etc.

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Buttercup&Aba Spoknik

So very interesting! Thank you

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Natalie L'Oreal

Wait wait wait!!! So my LEGIT QUESTION! How does this possibly relate to Morgellons Disease? 🧐

Does this mean there’s a possible route of research to take on it?

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Tim Lubin

CRAZY

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truth seeker

Become vegan

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TXM

I remember when this was called Morgellans or something and was considered a hoax.

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The Roma that works 40 hrs

I shined a light though my stomach and it looked like a star light effect like lit up fiber optic cables!

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JY

is this morgellons?

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Rangel Costes

To save you the trouble of looking here's the link for the filter your washing machine needs on Amazon Filtrol 160 Lint Filter with 1 Filter Bag https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002KEMABQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_cNbyDbFN1W94N.
Heres how to install it https://youtu.be/0_iRtxvfvgE

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Go Pro Rottweilers

I had no idea it was this bad, I feel so ashamed. I actually live in the countryside and have my own bio system and I use bio soaps etc.. But knowing that all that micro fiber is in the ocean is terrible.

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Max Swenson

THEM: "We don't know what microfibers do to people but go ahead and panic anyway".
ME: "Sorry, I'm still busy being terrified of my aluminum cookware".

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xfordzilla

Theres no way we can filter it? I understand how small it is but theres got to be a way

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Nomad Wanderer

Ahh! It's a good thing now we are eating high fiber food cheers Mate!

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Shannon Love

Nature is full of mmm micro-fibes and physicals that bodies cushy reduce.

The primary fibers of cotton, hemp, wood, indeed anything made of cellulose, are permanent once they wedge in the body. That is edgy people who work with natural fibers have make sure to wear mask so they don't breath then in.

Tiny particles of wood are almost everywhere and cannot be biodegraded except by specialized organism that don't live in the sea.

Most plant materials have natural toxins in then that are every bit as dangerous as synthetics when lodged in your tissues.

This is a panic ginned up to get grants.

If we're all be poisoned by modern tech somebody needs to explain why we're all living longer healthier lives.

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Dr. Heisenberg

Dude!! I thought of this issue some time ago… like not to this extent but like when at a restaurant they wipe the wet plates with a piece of cloth which attaches the cloth's microfibres to the plate where the food is served and mixes with the food we eat and eventually finds its way to our gut!! but this right here is scary that all water bodies contain microfibre!!

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Dr. Heisenberg

Humans are not in Danger…
Humans are the Danger!!!

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AyeRaxX420

I have a pur water filter. I'm good.

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Ratus

We fked up and since humans can't seem to cold turkey change anything… We are screwed…We readily used techology without trying to understand it's full implications…
One generation it was cigarettes
Another it was Polyester
The other fossil fuels
The next Plastics
Recently E-cigs
And the champion, The cellphone/social media and internet….

That last one on the list won't kill us by toxicity..but it is transforming all humans psychology as a whole. It is the most immediate threat than all the previous…
We have ruined a generation by giving them tablets and smartphones at such a young age… and we have yet to see what it does to the human… There will be many MANY findings coming out in the next 20 yrs…

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David major

Might as well wear a plastic bag. Wait…

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hzubovi1

If your day wasn't bad enough…

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Evi Dharma

Does it goes into our plant also?

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Kags _

I wanted to see if the starfish felt sick

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A.I

micro fibers from clothing?..or a cover up for chem trails?..Maybe we don't need to worry about either..the radiation from Fukushima will take care of them..stay positive..lol

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NoHillary

That was my plastic waste

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Josh Lockie

Morgellons is probably caused by these.

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Ocodo

I have an idea, don't dump trash into the ocean.

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Francisco Vessani

buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuullshit

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Jason Theobald

Wow

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eXverZe-NooBz

I been roofing for 3 years we tire off fiber glass all the time, this is bad news for me….

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Scott Riley

The rope (unless organic) can easily add microfibers to their samples

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undergreyforest

Cotton, linen, wool, leather. Problem solved.

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ZBdude149

So, muthafuckas need to stop selling and buying clothes. I’m fine with that, also go vegan asswipes! 🖕

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Bob Bobson

No, you're a towel.

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chris sondrita

No wonder there are so many sickness with uncertain causes

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Hitler helped India

We must get together and evolve into more concerned residents of planet Earth …. Because Mars is a distant dream

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Isabel Villavicencio

… our oceans 😒 and air 😒 and into our water 😒 and wine 😱

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Penitent Hollow

Sounds like there is a lot of speculation of what effect micro fibers may have, if any, at this point.

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Lucas Boninsegna

that explains why i never liked fish

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Deep Singh Headless Warrior

The Native Americans and scholars of vedas had it right. "Pavan Guru Paani Pitaa Mataa Dharat Mahatt" – Guru Nanak (Make air the spiritual master, Water the holy father and Nature as your respected mother)

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Edward Stow

We put our clothes through the spin cycle but now they are wreaking revenge

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Neha Nagaraj

Its really awesome

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Funnyvids463

Humans mess up everything EVERYTHING

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Sklawz Einstein

Look up Morgellans disease. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/morgellons-disease-what-is-it

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Katie •

Morgellons

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OfficialDJPatchyIce ROBLOX

Technically your immune system would respond to this, as it would with any other disease, and treat it as such as a disease as microfibers are not recognized by the immune system there for this is technically a defined virus.

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Temprest

Sounds like they’re trying to scare us

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aaron Anderson

Yet another way that modern convenience is actually killing us…do you think we'd be better off living in caves again?!

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Raheel Nath

We really need to take some actions and help to save the earth

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