Approximately nine million tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean each year, threatening our ecosystems, wildlife and human health. By mobilizing global communities and investing in science, exploration, innovation and education, the National Geographic Society is working to tackle the world’s plastic waste crisis.
Photos by Randy Olson and Shawn Miller appear in the June issue of National Geographic magazine and National Geographic's Planet or Plastic? campaign, a multi-year initiative aimed at raising awareness of the global plastic crisis and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that is polluting our world's oceans. Photo on furthering science by gregg treinish; Photo on ADVANCING INNOVATION by sirtravelalot/Shutterstock; photo on elevating education by ami vitale; Photo of heather koldewey is courtesy of heather koldewey.