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Planet or Plastic?

You Eat Thousands Of Bits Of Plastic Every Year loading...
You Eat Thousands Of Bits Of Plastic Every Year
Though abundant in water, air, and common foods, it’s unclear how it might affect our health.
Wild Bees Are Building Their Homes From Plastic—And Scientists Aren’t Sure Why loading...
Wild Bees Are Building Their Homes From Plastic—And Scientists Aren’t Sure Why
When tasked with making their unique nests, Argentina’s solitary bees are now choosing plastic.
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Beach cleanups are missing millions of pieces of plastic
A new study reveals the dirty secret of beach cleanups: Much of a given beach’s plastic is tiny and buried.
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Can You Help Solve The Plastics Problem? Make Good Project Invites New Ideas.
Plastic is choking our oceans. A new design and innovation challenge is calling upon the next generation of changemakers to reverse our planet’s pollution problem.
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The world agrees there's a plastic waste crisis—can it agree on a solution?
Many countries are disappointed the UN didn’t reach a more definitive agreement on plastic pollution in Kenya, yet efforts continue at national and international levels.
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Is burning plastic waste a good idea?
Many within the trash industry think so. But incineration and other “waste-to-energy” projects may pose dangers to the environment.
About Planet or Plastic?

National Geographic launches Planet or Plastic? 

A multi-year initiative aimed at raising awareness of this challenge and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that enters in the world’s oceans. Doing so will not only benefit the thousands to potentially millions of marine animals that become entangled in, suffocated by, or ingest plastic each year, but will also contribute to the overall health of the planet’s marine ecosystems and all who rely upon them.

Each year, 9 million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean. Some estimates suggest this plastic could remain in marine environments for 450 years or longer, and the problem is only getting worse. Addressing a challenge of this magnitude requires an unprecedented approach.

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." says said Gary E. Knell, CEO of National Geographic Partners. 

Will you take the Pledge? Starting today, National Geographic will ask audiences around the world to take the Planet or Plastic? pledge, a commitment to reduce their use of single-use plastic. By taking the pledge, individuals will become part of a global community working together to stem the tide of single-use plastic polluting the ocean and will continue to receive information and tips to help them in their efforts. The pledge marks the beginning of a comprehensive consumer awareness and engagement campaign that National Geographic will execute across its multiple platforms in the months and years to come. Elements of this campaign will range from inspiring and informative content, ongoing consumer engagement activities, events and more.

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