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A 70-Year-Old Grandma Cleaned 52 Beaches in One Year

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-05-27

Our Earth is the most beautiful planet in our solar system, but sometimes we seem to forget this. It’s a gift to all of us and we need to take care of it, but we don’t always succeed. But some people are true heroes who are really concerned with saving the planet, caring for its future, and doing their best to maintain its breath-taking beauty.


Humans are doing everything to make the planet look from bad to worse. They have already taken the world in a wrong way barring little positives. Because of them, the planet is experiencing a massive change that can cause some serious effect in the later stages to come.


There are very few people who get into action to clean not just for pride but the love that they have for the environment.


Pat Smith, a citizen of Cornwall, UK, noticed the problem of pollution and make her own huge contribution to solve it.


Pat Smith, a 70-year-old grandmother from the UK, saw a documentary about plastic pollution and got really bothered about the problem. She couldn't sleep that night and when she woke up next morning, she decided to do something about it. So she set a challenge for herself for the upcoming year in 2018 - she wanted to clean up one beach per week.


The grandmother from Cornwall, UK learned how much the beaches were polluted with plastics that she was determined to make a huge contribution to make a difference.

So, Smith set a challenge for herself in 2018 where she would clean up one beach every week.


The people in her hometown of Cornwall supported her idea and, along with some volunteers and her grandchildren, Pat Smith fulfilled her resolution and cleaned up 52 beaches of Cornwall in 2018. But this is not the end of the story - she's continued on with her mission to make the world a better place.


However, her mission to save the Mother Earth did not stop there.


Pat Smith has also launched a campaign called The Final Straw, her mission is to raise awareness of the uselessness and harm of plastic straws and to make her hometown Cornwall and the rest of the world plastic straw-free.


Drinking straws need to be disposed of in the dustbin but some people are least bothered to care about cleanliness and environment as they litter in the place where they are not supposed to. These straws finally end up in landfills and oceans and thereby, causing a major threat to marine life.


Pat Smith is setting a great example that it is never too late to take care of the planet.


Making the planet a better place can’t be done by a single person but everybody should pledge to keep our natural surrounding clean by taking part in various cleanliness initiatives.


Taking part in an annual beach clean-up is one way to keep the oceans healthy for generations to come. In the past 25 years, over 144,606,491 pounds of trash has been collected from beaches world-wide from Alaska to New Zealand. Beach-clean-ups is considered to be very important because throwing trash into beaches, and the oceans can be better known as pollution. When trash gets into the oceans, animals can easily mistaken that trash for a certain food source. If every individual does the job by putting all the wastes into the dustbins at the right place and at the right time, then a mass clean-up operation wouldn’t have followed its way.

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