Plastic Soup - Hudson River Ferry Ride

I went out on the ferry ride along the hudson river. This ferry ride was accompanied by a guest speaker, Sandra Meola. She is a Communications and Outreach Associate, New York/New Jersey Baykeeper. She manages the legislative messaging, communications, social media, and is currently leading the Plastic Reduction Campaign.  She spoke to the riders about the tactics they are using to clean up the Hudson River, one of the most polluted rivers in the world. They use a tool similar to that of a fish net that they would glide along the surface of the river and several feet below it. They would then take out the net and collect all the plastic. Not only does this take a lot of time to do, it also does not get to most of the plastic particles that have already deteriorated into the vast oceans around the world. She collects these plastic pieces and saves them in jars as artifacts. This made me reflect on the amount of time and effort it will take to clear up the oceans, and if clearing up the whole ocean from its plastic before the year of 2050 is even possible. 

Here are some pictures along the ride

'This Changes Everything' - Review

"So here’s the big question: What if global warming isn’t only a crisis? What if it’s the best chance we are ever going to get to build a better world? Change or be changed." 

       There are very many points in this movie that were shed light on, that have come to my attention before and have done so once again. From the examples of the oil spills in the river in Montana, the hurricane Sandy in New York City, it is not surprise to us the mother nature will fight back to what we have been doing. Mother nature has the right to defend herself and protect herself against what we are doing to her, destroying her for short term gains and profits. Just as one man in Greece said, "we are extracting wealth". We are drilling into the soil and destroying the land of others in order to retain energy for ourselves and sell the fossil fuels to countries else where.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We are drilling all over the place.

      This is only exploiting the earth and exploiting the people who live on this land. There are many people who are activists and whom are trying to make a change, and it seems as though today people are becoming less and less oblivious to what is happening around the world regarding pollution and climate change. 

What is important that is presented in this video, that is not present in many other climate change or pollution awareness videos, is people coming together to protect lands and the environment. This not only makes us aware of the many wicked problems going on around the world, but showing audiences ways to defend the environment and stand up for it and eventually, winning. 

      "Let's celebrate the limits, let's enjoy these limits, because we can reinvent a different future."

 

 

MoRUS

       MORUS, The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space is made up of a team that will stop at nothing to stand for what is right on a global level, in a small and busy city like Manhattan. They are dedicated to preserving the history of local grassroots activism, the creation of SQUATS. It is all volunteer and intern run. 

       They were one of the strongest when facing the outcomes of Hurricane Sandy, by finding a way to build back from what the hurricane had destroyed and help the public simultaneously. Such as setting up a public buffet from all the food they had recovered and had yet to be cooked and eaten, while also creating a manual pedal charging station so that people could charge their phones off the grid. 

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      The eco-warriors that volunteer to help what the group stands for renovated the museum all on their own. In the past they have revolutionized the above ground transportation system by making pedestrians and cyclists part of the common traffic. And now, they continue to take on the challenge of preserving the cities beautiful community gardens.  


They don't stop there though. They are finding ways to make these spaces sustainable and productive, for the environment and for the community. They have created basic systems that make a difference. Such as water filtration systems as well as a way to compost efficiently. 

      Businesses and companies seem to have there names everywhere, because they see the needs of the people, and invest in these needs in order to expand their names. CitiBike is a perfect example of this. But it is becoming rare where people fund there own needs, in order to help the community. The people of MoRUS and those who volunteer along side them, are finding ways through their community gardens to create a self funding, or self sustaining area for people to live. They are creating a different sense of space, by encouraging people to enter into a different atmosphere. An atmosphere that we all seem to take for granted and never appreciate since we do not know how liberating it feels to live alongside nature. 

      When we entered the garden that an old lady kicked us out of, I thought this was a perfect example of what MoRUS is all about. They express what they stand for, and feed off of peoples reactions, whether positive or negative, because the exposure they receive in the end puts their intentions out in the public. This publicity is what they need in order to show people that they stand for all things good in the environment. And they will keep on pushing and raising their voices until they feel as though their goal has been achieved. That is not where they stop though, even outside their community, they spread a sense of encouragement. Encouragement to take a stand when it seems right to do so in order to ensure a safer, healthier future for the environment and our future generations.