More than five trillion pieces of plastic are already floating in our oceans and over nine million tons are thrown in every year. Which is why National Geographic has launched the Planet or Plastic campaign — a multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness of this challenge and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that enters the world's oceans.
Studies have shown that 90% of the worlds plastic pollution comes from just 10 rivers: the Yangtze, Indus, Yellow, Hai He, Ganges, Pearl, Amur, Mekong Nile and Niger. Thus, for its 2019 calendar, National Geographic Abu Dhabi has collaborated with 12 young artists from the 12 countries that are most affected by the oceans plastic pollution. Each illustration represents the artist’s unique cultural and artistic sensibilities.and highlights the environmental and health impact of plastic waste on the ecosystem.
The 12 artists in the 2019 Calendar are Helena Iyzu from Bangladesh, Sheng Chen from China, Ahmed Karam from Egypt, Pavan Rajurkar from India, Kathrin Honesta from Indonesia, Kelseyz from Malaysia, Thomas Ero from Nigeria, Kristy Anne Ligones from the Philippines, Wilmari Botha from South Africa, Ruwangi Amarasinghe from Sri Lanka, Bom Cherdsak from Thailand and Thao Mien Phan from Vietnam.
For more info on the campaign and to download the calendar visit nationalgeographic.com/environment/planetorplastic/