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September 3, 2018

British environmentalist set to paddle the length of New York’s Hudson River to tackle plastic pollution 

1 Woman. 8 Days. 275 kilometres

British  Environmentalist  and  adventurer,  Lizzie  Carr,  is  embarking  on  the  challenge  of  a  lifetime: to successfully travel the length of the Hudson River using entirely human powered means – a paddle board.  The  eight-­‐day  feat  of  endurance  comes  with  an  important  environmental  purpose  –  to  highlight the issue of plastic pollution, ocean health and its role in climate change through a series of scientific sampling and community outreach initiatives on her route.

On 6th September Lizzie will leave Albany, New York State – the start of the tidal river -­‐ and take the first strokes of this 275km (170 mile) journey that will see her paddle for more than one  week  consecutively  –  almost  a  marathon  a  day  –  to  cover  the  distance.  She  will  be  carrying  20kg  of  equipment  on  her  paddle board,  including  a  tent  and  supplies  along  the river. Lizzie is no stranger to a challenge. After overcoming a battle with cancer in 2015, she became the first person in history to paddle board the length of England solo and unsupported a year later, and in 2017 became the first woman to solo paddle board across the English Channel -­‐ another world first.

She says, “America is one of the world’s biggest consumers of single use plastic with 80 per cent 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 percent 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.”

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Lizzie  will  be  collecting  water  samples  for  micro  plastic  analysis  and  testing  the  latest  Smartfin  technology  fitted  with  sensors  that  measure  multiple  ocean  and  riverine parameters  including  temperature,  location,  and  water  motion  characteristics;  helping  to  create a baseline for understanding riverine trends and ocean warming indicators.

The Londoner, who founded the Plastic Patrol initiative earlier this year-­‐ a community driven volunteer scheme helping to clean up inland waterways by paddle board -­‐ is also inviting people to join her along the Hudson in a series of beach clean-­‐up operations in in partnership with River keeper and Hudson River Park Trust and supported by REN Skincare, taking place on:

  • Sunday, September 9th, 3:30-­‐5:30, Kaal Rock Park in Poughkeepsie 
  • Wednesday, September 12th, 5:30-­‐7:00, Croton Point Park in Croton-­‐on-­‐the-­‐Hudson
  • Friday, September 14th, 5:30-­‐6:30, Pier 26 Hudson River Park, NY

There are FREE paddleboard taster sessions at each clean up and people are encouraged to sign up for a spot here: lizzieoutside.co.uk/clean-­‐ups/  

Lizzie’s epic challenge will culminate on the 15th September when she paddles through New York City and joins the APP World Tour to race to the final destination on her route – the Statue of Liberty – ending her adventure with purpose.

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Having  operated  a  series  of  successful  plastic  clean-­‐up  operations  throughout  the  UK  this  summer  and  removing  more  than  80  tons  of  waste  from  waterways,  Lizzie  explains,  “It’s through community efforts and people driven initiatives like Plastic Patrol that we are able to  build  an  evidence  base  for  accountability  of  perpetrating  brands  and  bring  about  meaningful  change.  My  mission  for  this  challenge  is  to  create  a  legacy  that  empowers individuals  and  communities  to  tackle  plastic  pollution  head  on  and  believe  that  their  individuals actions, no matter how small, make a difference.”

All  participants  of  the  beach  cleans  will  geo  tag  the  plastic  waste  collected  via  the  Plastic  Patrol  app  to  add  to  a  growing  global  database.  To  date,  the  app  houses  crowdsourced uploads  from  14  countries  worldwide  and  shows  more  than  50,000  examples  of  global  plastic hotspots and can be download for anyone to catalogue plastic waste. Lizzie says, “My overall aim is to rid the world of single use plastic. The waterways should be a natural playground, not a dumping ground. I’m bringing my mission to America, as one of the worst offending nations when it comes to plastic pollution, to encourage people in the US and globally to take positive action in the fight to save the future of our planet.”

Follow  Lizzie’s  journey  via  the  hashtags  #plasticpatrol  #savethefuture  #thehudsonproject and in real time via a live tracker at: lizzieoutside.co.uk/live-­‐tracker/.


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