It’s complicated. While plastics have revolutionized so much, our dependence on them has created a global waste crisis that threatens humans and animals alike, and the ecosystems we all depend on. In haunting images both beautiful and terrifying, the National Geographic “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition shows how we got here, how bad it is, and activates us to solve this crisis together.

“Planet or Plastic?” makes the urgent case for freeing our economies’ dependence on single-use plastics—to protect our health and environment. It highlights innovators working to solve this urgent issue, including the largest women-led research expedition tracking the movement of plastic pollution down the Ganges. Get inspired to advocate for industries and individuals to responsibly reduce, reuse, recycle, and refuse single-use plastics.

Artists Mandy Barker, Richard John Seymour, Randy Olson, David Liittschwager, and others invite us to look beyond plastic’s promise to the devastating effects of its permanence. Free and open to the public.

October 8 2021 – March 4, 2022: On view in the David Brower Center’s Hazel Wolf Gallery