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