A 70-Year-Old Grandma Cleaned 52 Beaches in Just a Year SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXfT0LLOvDM : Spring is here, and it’s a time for spring cleaning! But while you might be deciding what room to tackle first in your house, there’s one elderly lady who has decided to deep-clean this planet — one beach at a time! And that lovely lady is Pat Smith.
She was inspired by a documentary about the negative effects of plastic pollution on the planet. What she saw in the film kept her up at night worrying about the problem. When she got up in the morning, she decided to do something about it. Pat Smith is from Cornwall, which is the most southwestern county in the UK. With the Celtic Sea on one side and the English Channel on the other, Cornwall is a place with a LOT of beaches. And this 70-year-old grandmother has already cleaned 52 of them within a single year!
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How it all started 0:50
Pat’s mission 1:30
Every plastic straw will outlive all of us 😱 2:10
How much plastic is in the ocean 2:45
Toxic ground, toxic water… 3:29
How long will it take to rid the world of the plastic? 6:34
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Join Pat Smith & Final Straw Cornwall tomorrow at Aldi, St Austell 11am for the plastic unwrap for Earth Day! Let’s do what we can to save our planet and send a message to supermarkets & their suppliers we no longer want unnecessary plastics Aldi Careers UK Steve Double MP Jacqui Merrington Jeff ReinesCornwall Live Pirate FM BBC Radio Cornwall BBC Spotlight ITV News West Country St Austell: By Pat Smith, Action Nan, founder of Final Straw Cornwall UK/Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/FinalStrawCornwall/photos/a.1565272590206979/1785800081487561/?type=3&theater
Cornwall is a wonderful place and it’s our responsibility to protect it. Hope you have all managed to have an amazing #earthday2018: By Pat Smith, Action Nan, founder of Final Straw Cornwall UK/Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/FinalStrawCornwall/photos/a.1565094286891476/1789341721133397/?type=3&theater
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– Pat Smith set herself the challenge of cleaning one beach every week for the year of 2018. With the support of the Cornwall community and the help of some volunteers, she actually completed that goal!
– After her year of grueling hard work, she started a campaign called The Final Straw. Her mission is to raise as much awareness as possible about not only the uselessness of plastic straws but also the harm they can bring to the environment and its wildlife.
– One of the biggest culprits of this pollution problem is single-use plastic. n fact, every flimsy little plastic straw will outlive every person living on the planet right now!
– Scientists can’t really measure the exact amount of plastic in the ocean, but an engineering professor from the University of Georgia estimated that it’s between 5 and 14 million tons.
– Large bodies of water become filled with microplastic that could end up in our tap water or in the drinking water of animals that we use for meat. The food that both animals and humans eat could be grown in toxic soil.
– Smith has already convinced local businesses like cafes and restaurants to ditch the use of plastic straws.
– It’ll take hundreds of years to rid the world of the estimated 9.2 billion tons of plastic (only around 7% of which ever make it to recycling). Smith’s efforts are only the tip of a really big mountain of garbage, and it’s gonna take a lot more people like her to undo the damage.
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