“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!” Pat Smith said.
Yes, there is always a huge clamor about how we need to save our environment from pollution, global warming, and whatnot. But how many would actually get the job done and clean the garbage by the beach that has been left by someone else? We keep blaming society for not keeping our environment clean and safe, but little do we realize that we are the society. Every individual is equally responsible to keep Mother Nature pristine and safe for us and for other living creatures.
And that's exactly what a 70-year-old grandmother did as she spent an entire year cleaning up the garbage in beaches. Yes, our hero Pat Smith took it up as a challenge cleaning a local beach every week of the year and we can only thank her for such an inspiring tale. As reported by People.
"70- year-old grandma Pat Smith...invested 2018 tidying up litter from 52 beaches in Cornwall on the UK’s south coast." https://t.co/9JAOtIcQna via @SustMeme @videos_vk #TakingAction #BeInvolved #BeachCleanup pic.twitter.com/q2vxPscA4c— ReachScale (@ReachScale) June 10, 2019
Smith, who hails from Cornwall, England, started doing this on January 1, 2018, and she is not done yet. Now that's the perfect New Year's Resolution right there. In fact, she had spent the entire last year cleaning up around 52 local beaches along the 400-miles coast.
“I started on January 1, 2018,” Smith told PEOPLE. “I did one beach a week for the whole year, apart from a couple of occasions where I did two. It was just a case of trying to do them wherever and whenever I could,” Smith added, saying that she cleaned many beaches along Cornwall’s 400-mile coast. “It’s a case of once your eyes are opened to it, you can’t ever switch off.”
NAN'S BID TO CLEAN UP THE OCEANS! 💚— Green Tourism (@GreenTourismUK) July 13, 2019
GT member Pat Smith, owner of Bosinver Holiday Cottages in Cornwall started #thefinalstrawcornwall after watching #APlasticOcean.
600 businesses signed up and Pat’s beach cleans have grabbed media attention around the world! @Bosinver pic.twitter.com/X90eSbe8Gw
Smith always ensures that she goes to the beach equipped with bin bags, rubber gloves and a litter picker. She has covered many beaches along the coastal line, including Coverack, Cornwall, Blackpool Sands, and Devon among other places. And that's not all, she had also spent her Christmas day picking up garbage on Trevone Beach --and we don't think we have ever come across a cooler person than Pat Smith.
Pat Smith cleaned one beach every week for all of 2018! She says, "We should all take responsibility for picking up the litter, as well as ensuring we don’t drop litter in the first place.”— Let's Give A Damn (@LetsGiveADamn) January 24, 2019
We love people who see a problem & take the initiative to fix it!https://t.co/kBfLMZB06I pic.twitter.com/4MWHV1yfgZ
Her aim is to keep Cornwall plastic straw-free and she has been working efficiently to remove plastic straws from the county. And of course, many people joined in her campaign and helped her out including friends, volunteers, and even her grandchildren.
“The vast majority is broken up pieces of everyday used items, like bottle tops, toothpaste caps and broken up water bottles,” says Smith. “Once some plastic gets into the sea the waves sort of bashes it up, so what we get on the beach is small bits of the remains. That’s unless we’ve had a violent storm. Sometimes when the storms really rage the waves carry in much bigger stuff.”
Pat Smith of Cornwall! A 70-Year-Old Grandma Cleaned 52 Beaches In One Year and Showed It Is Never Too Late to Take Care of Our Planet. My Hero! pic.twitter.com/pTCJ7VioRd— Tara (@g1rlginger13) March 17, 2019
And if you ever bump into Pat Smith, you would see her equipped with a bag and glove in her pocket all times, as she says it’s “in my DNA now.” She adds, “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!”
What an inspiration. Pat Smith, thank you.