We partnered with the New York University Shanghai's Green Shanghai club to have our first official 4Ocean cleanup in China. NYU Shanghai is jointly established by New York University and East China Normal University of Shanghai. It is the first American college to receive independent registration status from China's Ministry of Education.
Led by graduate student, Jessica Zhang, the cleanup turned out to be a huge success. Members of the club met at Nanhuizui Guanhai Park for the cleanup. Nanhuizui Guanhai Park is located on the Yangtze River, which is adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. It is also adjacent to the coast of the East China Sea and adjoins the Hangzhou Bay—the important landmark of Lingang New City. Students apart of Green Shanghai removed over 800 pounds of trash from the beach - 855.30 pounds to be exact!
Jessica agreed that the cleanup was a huge success and explained more of how the morning went: "It was raining at first, but luckily the skies cleared up and by the end of the clean up it was a beautiful day. There was a ton of styrofoam getting picked up throughout the day and the most interesting item we found was probably this huge rope with buoys, which took a couple of us to carry. Something that really touched my heart was while I was walking around cleaning up, an old couple walking by stopped to help us pick up trash, that really made my day."
Our cleanup with Green Shanghai is a great reminder that with some passion and dedication, anything is possible! We encourage you to join the 4Ocean Movement and participate in a cleanup near you. Check out our Facebook events page for all of our scheduled upcoming cleanups HERE.
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