Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sloop South Florida?

"Hudson River Sloop Clearwater" is what you have to type in, to read on the Internet about how they cleaned up the Hudson River.  On their website, under the "About" tab, it begins with this paragraph:

"Clearwater was founded by Pete Seeger, legendary musician, singer, songwriter, folklorist, activist, environmentalist, and peace advocate, and one of the most influential people of the twentieth century. 

In 1966, in despair over the pollution of his beloved Hudson River, Seeger announced plans to "build a boat to save the river."  At the same time, the Hudson was rank with raw sewage, toxic chemicals and oil pollution; fish had disappeared over many miles of its length. 

Seeger, along with many other concerned individuals, believed a majestic replica of the sloops that sailed the Hudson in the 18th and 19th centuries would bring people to the river where they could experience its beauty and be moved to preserve it. 

Inspired by that vision, the organization began with the launch of the sloop Clearwater in 1969 -- a majestic 106-foot long replica vessel."

(On the website, sponsors' names appear one-by-one, like a slideshow, you have to watch and wait for the next one...Domino Sugar is one of the sponsors.  So while Big Sugar catastrophically pollutes in Florida, they  offer financial support to a clean-environment effort in New York. ...)