Lewis Pugh: Rivers are ‘arteries of our planet,’ we need ‘healthy rivers’ for a ‘healthy planet’

54-year-old swimmer and climate activist Lewis Pugh became the first person to swim the entire Hudson River, arriving in New York City for climate week, after swimming in it 50 years ago amid its pollution. He joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss how toxic waterways can be revived, and that clean rivers are essential to clean oceans. “This would have been impossible fifty years ago. But then in the 1970s New Yorkers said enough is enough. And they started cleaning up the river, and literally mile by mile, town after town and factory after factory, and they turned the fate of this river around,” Pugh says. “Rivers are the arteries of our planet, and we cannot have a healthy planet without healthy rivers.”

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Lewis Pugh: Rivers are ‘arteries of our planet,’ we need ‘healthy rivers’ for a ‘healthy planet’

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  1. 2
    Stefan Antolin

    Pollution isn't the elephant in the china shop, POPULATION GROWTH is!!
    We can help both issues by planting a tree but be sure to plant a climate change denier under each tree, blood and bone Bigly benefits the tree growth and trees don't complain about the Bigly extra pong under below.
    Win Win all round!!

  2. 5

    It’s obviously vital that we put more effort into looking after nature before it becomes a lost cause like honesty in politics and the MSM.

  3. 6
    Do-Bee Brothers

    Neo NASA and burning man micro dose Baphomet 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈 the family friendly Abortionist the high temple of “abortion is health care” the new religion of the climate crisis slaves measure. Wherner Von Braungh’s vision fulfilled

  4. 10
    mike happy

    OMG He could not do it 50 years ago because it was so polluted, but today it's clean enough. What do I not understand about this story?

  5. 14
    Donna Barnett

    How will you dispose of EV batteries? Why dont you dems row a boat to the plastic island in the Pacific and live there. The world would be happier.

  6. 19
    AE Ellsworth

    Whoever is responsible for editing YouTube videos needs to be replaced. They are letting their RW prejudices get in the way of public's right to Unbiased coverage –
    Perhaps Utube CEOs don't believe public has this right?

  7. 22
    occam raiser

    Just one question though….. Just because I like intellectual honesty…..WHY do we need clean rivers? I am a fisherman and 'prefer' clean rivers but in what way does a polluted river cease to be an artery of trade and commerce?

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