Sunday, November 29

70-year-old Woman Cleans 52 Beaches of Plastic Pollution in 1 Year

The earth is our home. Every person should keep our planet clean and avoid the consequences of environmental degradation. We all blame other people for not keeping our surroundings clean and safe when we all are the society responsible enough to keep our planet a safe place to live in. Pat Smith, 70, of Cornwall, England, spent the entire 2018 cleaning up rubbish on 52 beaches. She started on January 1. What a perfect way to start the new year with the perfect New Year’s Resolution, right there!

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In 2017, Pat was watching a documentary about harmful plastic wastes in our environment, and the shocking video made her plan to make use of the upcoming 2018. When she woke up the next day, she made a New Year’s Resolution to clean up the beaches around the area. People who found out her plans understood her decision were very supportive. Becoming volunteers to help her, they worked with cleaning all the toxic environmental wastes on the beaches.

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Image credit: Final Straw Cornwall
Image credit: Final Straw Cornwall

Throughout the year 2018, Pat and the volunteers were able to clean 52 beaches in Cornwall on the United Kingdom’s south coast. In 2019, Pat was still implementing her own environmental cleanliness program and has launched a campaign called The Final Straw. She hopes that people would be aware of the effects of using plastic straws and use them as little as possible.

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Image credit: Final Straw Cornwall
Image credit: Final Straw Cornwall

“A lot of the rubbish I have collected are everyday items, and there are a lot of plastic straws,” says Pat. These straws left lying on the beaches will eventually enter the waters and into the ocean, robbing marine life of its beautiful and picturesque existence. They can destroy the living creatures in the open sea. Each straw is non-biodegradable and exists longer than human life.

Pat will continue cleaning up the beaches and wants more people to have more understanding of tidying up the ecosystem. “I am working to keep the surroundings safe and to protect the environment for my children and grandchildren. I will continue to do everything in my power to achieve this goal,” she said.

Here are some comments from people who are touched by Pat’s determination in cleaning the environment. People everywhere are inspired by the eco-warrior!

Pat’s voice should be heard all over the world, and for everyone to take part in protecting the environment. What an inspiration to everyone! Thank you, Pat Smith!

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