Remove Plastic Packaging from National Geographic Magazine

Target: John M. Fahey, CEO of National Geographic Society

Goal: Stop National Geographic from using single-use plastic packaging.

National Geographic delivers its magazine packaged in a plastic bag to its subscribers. This goes against their environmentally-conscious agenda and what the magazine stands for. National Geographic should stop this practice because single-use bags pollute the environment and are harmful to different animal species on and off the land.

National Geographic is the official magazine of the National Geographic Society. It is well known for its articles about history, geography and excellent travel photography. National Geographic is also known for its online content and television channel, which educate people on environmental issues including wildlife preservation, global warming and pollution. Delivering their flagship magazine to subscribers packaged in a plastic bag goes against their own ideals.

Plastic bag contamination affects our landfills, water sources and oceans. It has been known to kill animals in the wild that have ingested plastic bags or caught themselves inside one without ever getting out. Even National Geographic itself raises awareness amongst its readers about the dangers of plastic bags ending up in oceans. The Society has also posted a pledge aimed at children to stop using and buying plastic bags. It is time that National Geographic practices what it preaches and stop packaging their magazine in single-use plastic.

Sign the petition below to urge National Geographic to stop packaging their subscription magazines in plastic and step up their game to contribute to the solution of worldwide pollution in our ecosystem.


Dear John M. Fahey,

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. Moreover, you have a pledge on your website aimed at children, urging them to stop using and buying plastic bags. Plastic bags have long been known to be a major factor in environmental pollution and the death of wild animals. Despite all this, you continue to deliver the National Geographic magazine to subscribers packaged in a single-use plastic bag.

I urge you to stop this practice and abandon the plastic packaging. It reflects bad on The National Geographic Society’s morale and it goes against your own anti-pollution campaigns.


[Your Name here]

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