National Geographic’s latest issue features a campaign on plastic waste.
A lot of us are aware that plastic contributes to most of the earth’s pollution.
These powerful photos however show that even if we think we know how bad the problem is, we really have no clue about the big picture.
The heartbreaking images show how much damage our 9 million tons of plastic each year can do to the environment.
National Geographic’s campaign aims to change the ways we as consumers use plastic.
The magazine emphasizes that every effort, no matter how small, is a start.
National Geographic is even leading by example and have started packing magazines in recyclable paper instead of the usual single-use plastic.
They’ve identified that the most problematic plastic products are plastic bags, bottles, and straws.
They are urging consumers to take a pledge to dramatically reduce their use of plastic by making simple conscious choices.
“For 130 years, National Geographic has documented the stories of our planet, providing audiences around the world with a window into the earth’s breathtaking beauty as well as to the threats it faces.”
“Each and every day, our explorers, researchers and photographers in the field witness firsthand the devastating impact of single-use plastic on our oceans, and the situation is becoming increasingly dire.”
“Through the ‘Planet or Plastic?’ initiative, we will share the stories of this growing crisis, work to address it through the latest science and research, and educate audiences around the world about how to eliminate single-use plastics and prevent them from making their way into our oceans.”