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Five Cool Things to See in The Blue Paradox Exhibit

Close your eyes and imagine a blue hue everywhere around you. Where are you and why? Welcome to the Blue Paradox, an exhibit on the plastic pollution crisis located at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Be immersed in the experience where you can walk beneath the ocean’s surface to explore the importance of our greatest natural resource: water. 

As you walk through the exhibit, you will learn about the impact plastic pollution has had on our ocean. But what does the “Blue Paradox” actually mean? In short, the paradox refers to how plastic has made our lives easier. Plastics are extremely useful and have helped with considerable advancements in modern society, increased convenience, and reduced reliance on natural resources. From to-go cups to computer parts, to clothing items, to medical equipment, the widespread use of plastic is present in our daily lives. However, this heavy reliance has caused a pollution issue that is harming our ocean ecosystem and the planet as a whole.  

What can we do about it? The Blue Paradox exhibit was created to open visitors’ eyes to the plastic pollution crisis and learn about ways to reduce our plastic consumption. The hope is to leave the exhibit with the understanding that everyday actions – even those that seem small – can make a big difference. 

Here are five cool things to see in the Blue Paradox exhibit you don’t want to miss: