Take a look below the surface at a problem affecting the world’s oceans: plastics. This gallery exhibition features images by renowned nature photographers, illustrating plastics’ devastating impact on oceans and marine life. A pledge station offers information on ways people can take action against this problem in their own lives and displays visitor pledges on a screen.
Life Under the Sea
- Thought-provoking photographs depict the wonder of oceans and marine life as well as the threats affecting them.
Take the Pledge!
- Guests can scan a QR code to take a virtual pledge to protect the world’s oceans from plastic pollution and watch it appear with other visitors’ pledges on a screen.
- Between 1950 and 2015, approximately only 9% of global plastic waste was recycled.
- It can take more than 400 years for a plastic bottle to break down.
- National Geographic estimates that nearly 700 species are known to be affected by plastics. They have also found microplastics in more than 50 species of aquatic animals that end up on human dinner plates.
This exhibit was made in collaboration with Gabby Salazar, a doctoral student at the University of Florida’s School of Forest, Fisheries & Geomatics Sciences.