This environmental activist “surfed” in Paris’ river to raise awareness about water pollution. Swimming in the Seine is banned in Paris because of the high bacteria and pollution levels — but that didn’t stop Alison Teal from diving in for a greater good.
“Just a night out in Paris. Pretty incredible. Wow.” Teal began while splashing around in the water. “I’m just paddling through Seine River in support of the Paris Climate Agreement, and I hope we all get on board to protect this world and keep this beauty around for our future generations.”
A native to Hawaii, Teal has traveled the world, highlighting issues of plastic and water pollution, from Mexico to Maldives. Everything from her surfboard to her swimsuits are eco-friendly. Teal documents her adventures for over 70,000 followers on Instagram. In 2015, Time Magazine called her “the female Indiana Jones.”
As for the Seine river itself, greener days seem to be on their way, slowly but surely. Parisian officials hope to have the river completely swimmable by 2024. Pollution is a problem all over the world, but hopefully more countries will make it a priority to clean up the landmarks they’re famous for. That way, future generations will be able to enjoy their splendor.