It is a record that inspires and restores faith in humanity! When Pat Smith has something on her mind, she goes all the way. On January 1, 2018, this British grandmother decided to clean one beach a week. Mission accomplished, since 52 beaches saw Pat Smith and her garbage bag go by to collect the many pieces of garbage that littered the ground in one year.
It was after seeing a report on plastic waste, and understanding the significant plastic pollution in our oceans and on Earth, that she wanted to participate in the preservation of our planet. One year later, the conclusion is irrefutable: her mission is a success.
With 52 beaches cleaned in 2018, the septuagenarian has brought back to life the denatured landscapes of Cornwall, where she lives, and has been nicknamed “Action Nan” for her work. “The 2018 beach cleanup was my New Year’s resolution and it’s finally done.”.
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The clean-up has not been an easy road, his enthusiasm has sometimes been touched: “It’s hard not to feel really depressed about all this. (…) I don’t want to see that turtle with a straw up his nose. I don’t want to see these things happening to our wildlife. » she admits to BBC Three.
As an activist, she does not stop there and attacks on all fronts of pollution. She is also the founder of the association “The Final Straw”, which acts in favour of the environment and aims, among other things, to remove plastic straws from her region. “Why do you think humans are the only ones who need this planet?” she wonders.
She has approached nearly 600 local businesses to stop using plastic unnecessarily and hopes to make her region an example for everyone and inspire others to follow her in this movement. “I’m extremely surprised that most people are out of touch with the problem and feel absolutely unconcerned.” she says.
His fight’s not going to stop anytime soon. Although more and more companies are moving away from single-use plastics and governments are increasingly taking this issue to heart, driven by many environmental groups, the use of plastics in everyday life continues to grow. “I care enough about my grandchildren to give them a taste of what I’ve been through. I’m not going to stop until I can touch my toes and pick things up off the floor. »