Devastating Images Of The Overwhelming Amount Of Plastic Pollution
In case you didn’t already know, our planet is in danger. Pollution is everywhere from the air to the ocean, but plastic seems to be the worst of it. All living things are affected by the extraordinary amount of plastic used on our planet. So National Geographic has decided to do something about it.
The Shock Factor
National Geographic has begun an initiative to bring awareness and ultimately change the way we choose to live. Humanity has a bad habit of littering. We are the cause of the pollution, so we should also be the solution. Nat Geo started by taking photos of the devastating effects of plastic waste. Hopefully, these shocking images will cause people to make a change.
Planet Or Plastic
They have called their initiative, “Planet or Plastic?” They want people to make a choice: Either keep living the way you are and let plastic take over or do something to help control the problem. Begin by making small changes to your daily life. For example, you can bring reusable bags to the grocery store rather than taking the plastic ones each time.
Cleaning Up The Mess
No one knows exactly how much waste ends up in our oceans. The estimate reaches nearly 14 million tons. If that is accurate, it will take up to 450 years to decompose. While change can start with our daily plastic use, it will take large institutions and systems to really fix the mess we humans have made.
Education Is Key
National Geographic can use its large following to help bring awareness to the issue through graphic images. They hope to team up with a non-governmental organization to start to make real change. With more team members, they will better be able to educate the masses about the negative affects of pollution.
Celebrities Take Interest
Aside from Nat Geo, celebrities have also started posting pictures of plastic mountains in hopes of spreading awareness. If you are an Instagram user, you may have seen New Girl star, Zooey Deschanel, take to her platform. The more involvement, the better. National Geographic has started the conversation. Now it’s your turn to do something about it.
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