The cover image by National Geographic makes a bold statement.
Do you think it is impactful enough?
The cover image of National Geographic’s June edition, titled “Planet or Plastic?”, has been highly lauded for its clever depiction of the devastating effects our use of plastic has on the Earth’s oceans.
What appears at first glance to be the image of an iceberg is actually a large plastic bag floating on water. The accompanying caption reads that 18 billion pounds of plastic end up in the ocean each year, and that’s just the “tip of the iceberg”.
The cover image is simultaneously alarming and provocative, and sets the tone for National Geographic’s new initiative to reduce the world’s dependence on single-use plastics.
What kind of emotions does “Planet or Plastic?” evoke in you? Do you think the cover image is persuasive enough to move its readers into being more environmentally sustainable?