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Pete Seeger's environmental legacy lives on

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American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger's passion for music and the environment embodied who he was every single day of his life. In 1966, Seeger co-founded the organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.

Ever since, Seeger's 106-foot-long sloop, Clearwater, has been sailing up and down the Hudson River to educate and inspire children to protect the environment.

We went along for a 3-hour voyage with middle school students from Newburgh, New York. While enjoying the majestic views of the Hudson Valley, children learned first-hand about pollution, water quality, and their favorite: eels

To date more than a half million people have set sail on the sloop, about 1,200 students every year.

Clearwater also worked tirelessly to pass the Clean Water Act of 1972, a federal assault on pollution. Its efforts turned the Hudson from a garbage dump for factories into a river you can now swim and fish in.

After Seeger's death in January, Peter Gross became the new helm of Clearwater as its executive director. He says the group's slogan is "No child left inside."

Seeger had a simple plan when he commissioned the sloop: Build a boat to save the river. 45 years later, the river is not only cleaner but the future now looks brighter for generations of environmentalists to come.

 

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