British environmentalist Lizzie Carr is expected today to complete her eight-day paddleboarding venture, taking in the length of New York’s Hudson River, to raise awareness of plastic pollution.
Covering 170 miles in eight days, the environmentalist and adventurer began her journey on 6 September at the start of the tidal river in Albany, New York State. She has also been collecting water samples so microplastic levels in the river can be analysed.
The environmentalist, from Croydon, is no stranger to a challenge. After overcoming a battle with cancer in 2015, a year later she became the first person in history to paddle board the length of England solo. And in 2017, she became the first woman to solo paddle board across the Channel.
Lizzie Carr has organised numerous paddle board-led water clean-ups in the UK as part of her charity Plastic Patrol, but she the US for her latest trip because it is “one of the world’s biggest consumers of single use plastic”.
She said: “America is one of the world’s biggest consumers of single-use plastic, with 80% of it being used only once before it’s thrown away. This is a man-made problem and can be stopped by people and businesses thinking and acting more responsibly. 80% of marine debris starts from inland sources – including rivers like the Hudson – before it eventually flows out to the ocean.
“By addressing the problem of plastic pollution from its source we can tackle a global crisis effectively. I want my journey along the Hudson to motivate people to take action, so together, we can make a real difference to resolve the global problem of plastics choking our seas.”
A short documentary film, The Hudson Project, will showcase Lizzie Carr’s New York venture. Due out next year, it is intended that the film will help further spread awareness that people can take action to effect positive change in the battle against plastic pollution.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea