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#WATWB: Clean Up Heroes


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We Are The World Blogfest seeks to promote positive news,  stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit.  Join us on the fourth Friday of every month, or even the fourth weekend! For more information, visit:

This month, I’m sharing two stories about individuals who have taken it upon themselves to clean up beaches.

Story #1: Pat Smith, a 70 year old grandmother nicknamed “Action Nan” has cleaned up 52 beaches in a year. She couldn’t sleep after learning about plastic pollution and decided to do what she could. She’s motivating me to take a reusable bag to the beach with me and pick up trash every time I go. So much trash ends up in waterways. Even if you don’t live near a beach, please consider helping out. Pick up trash and work to reduce or eliminate your use of plastics and Styrofoam.


You can read more about Pat here. 

Story #2: This past spring, college Freshman Joshua Caraway went to a Miami, Florida beach with his friends for spring break. But when he saw all the trash on the beach, he went to work.

“I love animals, I also love the environment,” Caraway told “That’s why I like to help.”

Here’s an article about Joshua’s work from Global Citizen

Our WATWB cohosts for this month are:  Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk , Damyanti Biswas, Lizbeth Hartz and Eric Lahti.

Stop by and see what inspiring stories of light they bring.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

24 thoughts on “#WATWB: Clean Up Heroes

  1. This reminds me of the boy filling in potholes

  2. My husband is a clean-up hero (though not in the home!) – last weekend we visited Blackpool in NW England, and while our children played on the beach, he walked around picking up rubbish that people had left, and he carried everything to the nearby waste bins. It wasn’t much, but it struck me as profound. He is a Chartered Waste Manager, so saving the world through waste management is his vocation, you could say.

    • Cheers for your husband! He’s setting a good example for your children and everyone else. I had to chuckle inwardly about the “not in the home part – sounds familiar. 🙂

  3. Thansk for participating in WATWB – you always have uplifting stories, JoAnna. This was very nice (and a bit surprising) to read.

  4. Amazing individuals who take action to address a problem.

  5. Heroes for Mother Earth! Thanks for sharing this, JoAnna. Hugs on the wing!

  6. Wonderful shares JoAnna, Pat! what an inspiration at 70, and as she said, she may thinks she may not be doing a lot with her own little bit of picking up plastic, but if we ALL did it, and were all more responsible with our Plastic waste in the first place and sort to stop buying plastic where ever possible, what a difference that then would make.
    Many thanks JoAnna for your continued love and respect of our Earth Mother..
    Love and Hugs my friend ❤

  7. Thanks for sharing the stories of these two clean up heroes. It’s both inspiring and a wonderful reminder that we can all contribute to making a difference.

  8. Pat and Joshua are true heroes. It’s so awe-inspiring that they are doing their bit to save our planet, selflessly and making a difference and teaching us that every small step matters!! Thanks for sharing these inspiring stories, JoAnna!

  9. Not only do I love this post. But I also love how you have shown it can be achieved in an inter-generational manner, JoAnne. I think it more sustainable that way. These are wonderful people, ambassadors of clean hope. Thanks so much for this, and all your support over WATWB over time.

    • I love how you picked up on the inter-generational aspect of this post. I felt the urge to share both stories for this reason, though I didn’t think about it much consciously, especially the sustainability part which is so important. It’s my pleasure to be part of WATWB. We all need the hope it brings.

  10. Great post JoAnna and a reminder that we can each do our bit picking up trash when we see it. (I haven’t posted this month though I’m coming by and commenting on other posts)

  11. Hi JoAnna – lovely to see someone taking care of an area of Cornwall I know so well! … and then Joshua doing his bit for the Miami beaches; we just need to stop littering don’t we … it’s foul. My post too is about setting examples by some triplets … but as you so rightly say 5 minutes of helping clear up others’ rubbish … helps us all. Thanks for this – cheers Hilary

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