The Wider Image: Lake Titicaca, once considered Andean deity, faces pollution threat
Oscar Limachi, 48, a member of the local Qewaya community who works as a tour guide on Lake Titicaca, gathers totora plant to use in art and crafts project to be sold at Pariti island museum, at Pariti island museum, in Qewaya village, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia, July 4, 2018. Limachi says that waste from El Alto and a lack of understanding about pollution risk changing the habitat forever. "It is also our fault, people throw garbage and plastic everywhere, they don't understand this is polluting," he says, adding that many plant varieties in the lake had already vanished. "Fish used to live, eat and lay their eggs amongst these plants. Now there are no plants, so no fish," he says. "We are afraid that someday the fish will disappear or migrate forever." REUTERS/Manuel Seoane SEARCH "TITICACA CLIMATE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.