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Planète ou plastique? La Une du National Geographic qui nous force à regarder la pollution en face

National Geographic - Jorge Gamboa
National Geographic - Jorge Gamboa

En affichant en couverture de son édition de juin un sac plastique simulant la forme d’un iceberg, le magazine se positionne contre la pollution dévastatrice engendrée par ce matériau et nous force à contempler notre terrible impact sur l’environnement.

Le titre et la photo disent tout. Tout d’une réalité que l’on ne peut plus nier. De ces 6,3 milliards de déchets plastiques n’ayant jamais été recyclés. La terre suffoque sous le plastique. Les océans se noient dedans. Au point qu’il devient difficile de savoir ou commence la planète et où se fini la pollution.

Morts en masse

Le National Geographic a donc lancé sa campagne Planet or Plastic pour lutter contre le phénomène et affiché en couverture ce trompe l’œil qui montre toute la gravité de ce que l’homme inflige à l’environnement.  Selon le magazine U.S, c’est 8 millions de tonnes de plastique qui sont déversées chaque année dans nos océans. Bouteilles, sacs et objets en tous genres, qui causent la mort de 100.000 mammifères et d’un million d’oiseaux par an.

Sensibiliser au maximum

En plus de dédier de nombreuses pages de son édition de juin au sujet, le site du National Geographic a lui publié plusieurs dossiers alarmants ainsi que des photographies catastrophiques. Un choix thématique qui marque aussi l’engagement du magazine à stopper l’envoi de sa version papier sous blister plastique à partir de ce numéro. Le cliché de cet iceberg de plastique du photographe Jorge Gamboa, est lui déjà devenu viral sur les réseaux, repartagé plus de 10.000 fois sur Twitter.

Une petite bouteille d’espoir dans un océan de pollution, dont on espère qu’elle sera un moteur de changement.

By @randyolson | @luzinterruptus is an anonymous art collective that uses plastic waste as their canvas. Based in Madrid, they create installations where the public can see the volume of plastic trash created in their city, and then they put that trash in some of the most beautiful areas of the cities — in this case three of the most historic fountains in Madrid. Luzinterruptus gathered 600,000 recycled bottles over a three-month period to place in the fountains. City workers used paddles to make sure every square inch of the water was covered in plastic waste. #plastic #oceans #waste #madrid #spain #luzinterruptus #PlanetorPlastic _________ These images are part of a multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis. Learn what you can do to help. Take Your Pledge: natgeo.com/environment/plasticpledge

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By @randyolson | Life on layers of single-use plastic in the Chinatown slum in Manila is exacerbated by the sachets of shampoo and other toiletries containing a single dose. The sachets are not recyclable. The right side of the first photo is actually a stream, but you can’t see the water because it’s covered in plastic and other trash. The second photo gives a better view of the same stream. The third and fourth photographs are from the plastic recycling area of the Baseco slums in Manila. All of these photos are on the Pasig River watershed that feeds into Manila Bay. This mismanaged waste, cited in many reports, is why the Pasig is one of the top three rivers on the planet moving plastic into the ocean. #PlanetorPlastic _________ These images are part of a multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis. Learn what you can do to help. Take Your Pledge: natgeo.com/environment/plasticpledge

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By @randyolson | PLASTIC APOCALYPSE – There are millions of slum workers around the world involved in an informal plastic waste industry that is “always hiring.” There is a third-world “gold rush” to process plastic waste — an economy with no end in sight. With the shale oil boom, companies like Shell, Dow and others are in the early years of gearing up “cracker plants” that “crack" frack-gas-molecules into mostly single-use-plastic for food packaging. Plans are in the works for more and more cracker plants pushing peak plastic production all the way out to the year 2100. Despite growing concern and much discussion in the media this past year, corporations plan for more and more single-use-plastic in our lives. In the first photo, a Bangladeshi woman teaches her son how to bail plastic sheeting that has been washed in the river below. The second photo is the world's largest ethylene-cracker plant in Freeport, TX, that produces mostly thin-film-food-packaging. #PlanetorPlastic _________ These images are part of a multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis. Learn what you can do to help. Take Your Pledge: natgeo.com/environment/plasticpledge

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Photo by @RandyOlson, as I continue to "pollute" the @natgeo feed all day today with images of the global plastic waste crisis. What are you doing to take responsibility for the plastic you use? Share ideas in the comments! #PlanetorPlastic ___________ The race to cities generates workers for the informal plastic waste industry. People rush to mega-cities without having any way of supporting themselves. There are millions of workers involved in informal industries like plastic recycling—from the Dharavi slums of India to the Baseco slums in the Philippines. There are entire communities involved in plastic waste and everyone has a specialty. Some have contacts with hospitals or casinos to bring plastic waste into the slums for processing. Others sort white bottles, or broken plastic buckets. Some groups have access to vehicles and can take the material to junk shops that store the waste in the same way a wheat farmer stores the grain, waiting for better pricing. And finally there are those with big trucks who take the plastic bales to ports or large local processing companies. Sometimes the plastic doesn’t make it out of the slums. There are businesses that make finished plastic objects like flip flops from the plastic waste being sorted by the business next door. _________ These images are part of a multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis. Learn what you can do to help. Take Your Pledge: natgeo.com/environment/plasticpledge

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