Plastics have revolutionized so much, yet our dependence on them has created a global waste crisis threatening humans and animals alike, and the ecosystems we all depend on.
In haunting images both beautiful and heartbreaking, the National Geographic “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition shows how we got here, and why we need to stop depending on single-use plastics—to protect our health and environment.
Exhibition was on view Oct. 8, 2021 - Mar. 4, 2022.
BANNER PHOTOGRAPH: Mandy Barker, Bird's Nest, 2018
EXPLORE THE EXHIBITION
Artists Mandy Barker, David Liittschwager, Randy Olson, and others look beyond plastic’s promise to the devastating effects of its permanence.
Virtually experience the full show below—including a video tour narrated by Vaughn Wallace and quick links to each section.
SCIENCE IN ACTION
Meet Sea to Source—the largest women-led research expedition tracking the movement of plastic pollution down the Ganges.
Ready to channel your passion into real change? Urge both industries and individuals to refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle single-use plastics.