The Future of the Meadowlands & The Hackensack Riverkeepers
By the 1970s most of the dumping had stopped, and as time progressed, the Riverkeepers and others managed to also stop the dumping of many poisons into the Meadowlands. Presently a number of superfund site cleanups are operating in their early stages, and a few of the landfills have been, or are being capped. What we see of the Meadowlands today can be described as 10% “clean up” and 90% entangled systems evolving – but their work is far from over.
“The biggest fear I have about the future is that someday people will not understand why places like the marshes of the Meadowlands were protected,” said Carola. “Despite all the work of activists and attorneys over the years to protect land and wildlife, unless people are educated as to the why – and why it should matter to them – then very little we do today will matter in the long run as our air and water get filthier, the last scraps of habitat are paved over and only rats, and cockroaches remain as humanity’s fellow travelers.”
New Concepts and Ideas: How the Meadowlands Can Help Our Future
“The Meadowlands reflects the tension between human development and a sustainable planet.”
- Olatunbosun Obayomi
Every two and a half weeks, the events at the BMW Guggenheim Lab are currated by a new Lab Team Member; the field trip to the Meadowlands was part of Olatunbosun Obayomi program that took an in-depth look at the infrastructural challenges of waste and water.
When asked about Friday’s experience Olatunboun, a microbiologist and inventor from Lagos, Nigeria, said, “The Meadowlands reflects the tension between human development and a sustainable planet. Man has developed cities with infrastructures that make the city livable but negates the environment. The city is a combination of systems and the environment a system that has not been recognized as a city system. Only when city infrastructures combine appropriately with the natural environment can we have a true livable city.”