Environment | Paddling Through Pollution in LA

Environment | Paddling Through Poison in LA

For those of us not fortunate enough to live in pristine wilderness, urban paddling is a part of life. Would we rather be standup paddling down a crystal clear river in the heart of the forest? Sure, but the obligations of life (i.e. work, school, etc.) make that tough to do every time we hop on a board. Sometimes we just need to crank out some miles in the concrete jungle.

Unfortunately, our urban water trails are often littered with anything from tires to plastic cups. Case and point is this shocking video from paddler and adventure woman Alison Teal. In an effort to raise awareness about pollution, this brave SUP woman paddles through a cesspool of filth that has collected along the LA River. While most paddlers will never dip a toe in these polluted waters, it’s important to remember that this pollution eventually washes out to the ocean.

While admittedly disgusting, this video serves as a jarring reminder about the significance of stopping pollution from reaching our favorite playground. Our community has the power to make a positive difference in our environment–from encouraging industry brands to use eco-friendly materials, to simply picking up trash on the beach or in the water. The waterways are for all of us to enjoy, so we all need to do our part to keep them clean. Look for more in-depth features in the coming months that explore the environment, our community, and how to make a difference.

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