Raising awareness about plastics pollution


JERSEY CITY – It was a day of environmental advocacy at Liberty State Park as environmental volunteers turned out for a shoreline cleanup at the park’s Caven Point Beach.
The Sept. 16 event, sponsored by Liberty State Park, Friends of Liberty State Park (FOLSP) and NY/NJ Baykeeper, featured internationally acclaimed businessman-turned-environmentalist Dhruv Boruah, founder of global environmental initiative The Thames Project, which he created to raise awareness about plastics pollution in waterways.
Boruah, who flew in from London, cycled on the Hudson River Estuary on his cycle and picked up plastics and debris from the waterway, later joining the volunteers at the beach for the shoreline clean up.
“It was a great day cleaning up Caven Point with Liberty State Park, Friends of Liberty State Park and NY/NJ Baykeeper,” Boruah said. “It was wonderful to see the community engagement, sad to be collecting so much plastic, but very motivating to hear everyone’s promise to not just rethink their purchasing behavior but also to inspire their family, friends and colleagues to take action and think about solutions. We should not be cleaning up – we should stop this at its source. Awareness is great, but we need to find solutions to stem the plastic tide.”
“We had a great group of volunteers come together to donate their time and help improve the amazing Caven Point Beach Habitat at Liberty State Park,” said Lori Garth Resource Interpretive Specialist with Liberty State Park. “We had young children exploring the shoreline and participants of all ages and backgrounds working together to remove plastics and other debris from the sandy beach and upland vegetation. We got to meet Dhruv and learn about his innovative projects and efforts in the battle against plastics in our waterways, we got to see amazing wildlife, and we made new friends.”
Sam Pesin, president of the Friends of Liberty State Park, praised the volunteers.
“Our volunteers reflect the diversity of those who use and love our inspiring urban state park behind Lady Liberty and Ellis Island,” Pesin said. “I’m delighted with this first time cleanup collaboration, initiated by the London environmentalist Dhruv Boruah, with the Friends, NY/NJ Baykeeper and Liberty State Park staff, which helped beautify this unique remnant sandy beach in our densely populated estuary.”
“NY/NJ Baykeeper was pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Liberty State Park, Friends of Liberty State Park and Dhruv Boruah,” said Greg Remaud, NY/NJ Baykeeper CEO. “The shoreline cleanup was a great way to bring people together to help raise awareness about the issue of plastics pollution in our waterways. Liberty State Park is a cherished natural resource and we are grateful to all those who turned out.”