Petitioning National Geographic Society President and CEO Gary E. Knell and 2 others

National Geographic: Stop Wrapping Your Magazines in Single Use Plastic Bags

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  For many years I have enjoyed reading National Geographic. Thanks to you, I've been able to learn how plastic waste is destroying our planet's ocean ecosystems and the importance of decreasing unnecessary, non-reusable packaging.  Articles in your magazine make it clear that pollution is having serious, negative effects on our climate and our planet's ecosystems.

  So when I received your magazine subscription as a gift, I was shocked to find it delivered in a non-recycleable, single-use plastic bag. What was even more upsetting is it appeared the main purpose of the bag was to protect advertisements to subscribe to the magazine (which I was already subscribed to).

The National Geographic Society and the National Geographic magazine stand for global, environmentally-conscious ideas. Your mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. Part of your agenda is preserving wildlife and the ecosystem in the best way possible, and this is also expressed throughout your magazine. Your magazine is filled with tales of warning about the negative effects of plastic waste in our environment. In fact, National Geographic is a front runner in speaking about climate issues as well as ways to move forward in these uncertain times.

According to your magazine there are more than 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic trash floating around in the ocean. In addition to that, at least 8 million more tons are dumped in our oceans every year. National Geographic has also stated that Americans create approximately 4.6 lbs of trash per person PER DAY. How can we stop this when even you can't change your ways.

Despite all this, you continue to deliver the National Geographic magazine to subscribers packaged in a single-use plastic bag. This practice reflects badly on The National Geographic Society’s morale and goes against your own anti-pollution campaigns. When I read your magazine I want to know that I am not actively contributing to plastic waste on our planet. Right now, I don't feel that way at all.

I urge you to stop this practice and abandon the plastic packaging. Please use more sustainable practices to incorporate your advertisements if you find them necessary. Be the example you try to set with your magazine and tv channel. Pioneer the change you champion for. Or at the very least find a 100% renewable resource to house your magazine if you find it absolutely requires a cover. Plenty of other magazines are able to deliver through mail without any plastic covering-- despite being filled with ads.

Every time I receive my magazine all I can think about where my plastic cover will go after this. If it's doomed to wash up on a beach... or get swallowed by an animal and lead to its demise. It's time to practice what you preach. Sharing the knowledge isn't enough. Set the example and your subscribers will follow. Your magazine has taught me that WE have to set an example for our world. The change starts with you. Stand up for science. Stand up for climate change.

This petition will be delivered to:
  • National Geographic Society President and CEO
    Gary E. Knell
  • National Geographic Director of Design
    Michael Tribble
  • Editor in Chief
    Susan Goldberg


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