Quite often in your Good News Story of the Day we focus on what the kids can accomplish when they are allowed to put their big hearts into action to help the world around them. This might seem like it requires the free time and energy of youth to change the world; but one 70-year-old in Cornwall, England would most certainly disagree! She spent an entire year cleaning up any beach she could reach.
Pat Smith, the Grandmother from Cornwall, decided to take on the remarkable challenge of single-handedly tidying up a local beach every week of the year, on New Years Eve 2018. The next day she went out to get to work. “I did one beach a week for the whole year, apart from a couple of occasions where I did two” she said. While it wasn’t always a new beach it didn’t stop her from clearing an incredible 13,000 pieces of litter during her 104-hours of beach-combing. Smith says discarded plastic was by far the most common item in her garbage sack, followed by disused fishing nets and lobster pots. This matches research by the United Nations, which estimates that up to 80 percent of all litter in our oceans is made of plastic.
Think about how incredible that is; how one person removed so much waste from her local beaches. At the same time, over 8 million tons of plastic leak into the ocean each year – equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic into the water every minute. It will take millions of Pat Smith’s to combat that kind of polluting. Not to mention drastic changes in our legislation and lifestyles. But there is always hope; God never leaves us without. There are billions of people on the planet and every one of us has the potential to be a Pat Smith if we only grasp it. And in Canada we all have the right to vote and the ability to adjust our lifestyles to make the other changes that are necessary.
As for Pat Smith? She says its in her blood now. She not only always carries a bag and a glove when she goes out, she is also fighting to get plastic straws banned in her home town. She said “It’s just what I do and hopefully my grandchildren will be doing the same thing. I won’t stop, as our beaches need me!” You can read more about her and how she got the Grandkids involved in your Good News Story of the Day here.
Story and Image from People.