Age is Just a Number for this Grandmother!

Posted January 24, 2019
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Written by Melissa

There are new year’s resolutions and then there are NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS! At the end of 2017, Pat Smith, 70, decided that she would spend 2018 clearing plastic from 52 British beaches. Well, as the year drew to a close, not only did she achieve her goal, she decided she would keep going for 2019 “because our beaches need me.”

The activist and founder of environmental campaign group Final Straw Cornwall cleaned one beach per week for 52 weeks along Great Britain’s southern most point. Armed with only her bags, gloves and a picker, sometimes others would join and also volunteer their time to pick up waste.

And just what has she found strewn across dozens of the beaches? Just about everything, from bags of dog poop, straws, polystyrene cups, fishing nets with hooks and weights, plastic buckets, plastic bags and countless other items that were thrown “away”.

“A lot of the rubbish I have picked up consists of everyday items. These things are used by all of us and it is shocking to find them polluting our beautiful beaches. Please let’s try to be more thoughtful in this coming year.”

While Smith has not laid out a detailed plan for her 2019 beach clean-up resolution, it’s clear she’s driven to continue doing it for many years ahead.

“I’m driven to try and protect our living planet for my children and grandchildren and I will continue to do everything in my power to achieve that.”

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