Bolivia’s Uru Uru Lake is more plastic than water
reflecting years of pollution and the scar of climate change
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VOLUNTEER, MAGALI HUARACHI, SAYING: "I am now in a lake, but made of plastic. I don't find myself at the Uru Uru lake. I think that if we all do our little bit, by picking up our garbage or coming to help here, then we are going to make this place beautiful in a while.''
Local volunteers, workers and even a French influencer are trying to clean up the mess
(SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER, ALEX DESSARD, SAYING: "It's a shame that so much garbage has come here because it has accumulated in many years, perhaps a decade. Now we have to think about the future. Let's clean and then we become aware so that we don't have to clean again."
The highland lake suffered a major drought in 2016
that lowered its water levels while rivers deposited mountains of plastic waste