When National Geographic made a feature about just how dirty Pasig River is, many were stunned
Believe it or not, what you’re looking at is a tributary that feeds into the Pasig River in Manila, #Philippines. The Pasig is one of the most polluted rivers on Earth and it flows through downtown Manila and into the once pristine Manila Bay.In 1990 the Pasig was declared biologically dead, and in 1999 the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission was formed to help clean up the river. The tributary that feeds into the Pasig River serves as an extreme example of how much of our trash makes it into the ocean. #PlanetorPlastic #IChoosePlanetVideo by Mike Hettwer
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One of those people was vlogger Wil Dasovich.
Out of sheer concern for the river’s alarming and pitiful state, Wil Dasovich decided to prank his childhood friends from America into swimming in Pasig as a way of showing just how horrifically polluted it was.
He was hoping that one dip (or smell) from the river would trigger a disgusted reaction from his friends – thus proving his point.
But… things didn’t go exactly as planned.
The two Americans amusingly ended up enjoying their swim
As they were having too much fun with the children who swam with them, the duo apparently didn’t seem to notice how bad the water was – and even dove in multiple times along with the kids.
Even if his hilarious prank failed, the YouTuber was happy that his friends had a great time.
And still, the video did its job, as it sparked a discussion on the different ways Pasig could be revived, with Wil sharing his own thoughts.
‘One of the biggest issues in the Philippines is definitely its human impact on the environment.’ the vlogger chimed.
‘It’s easy to blame the government or private sectors, but at the end of the day it really comes down to us. And without discipline, there won’t be progress.’