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Tackling the litter monster - whatever anyone says

Twelve year old Nadia had enough of all the rubbish around school and wanted to do something about it. 

But sadly her litter-picking efforts were drawing the attention of local bullies. Being called ‘trash girl’ by them left her with two choices. She could either stop her regular litter-picking, or she could ignore the bullies and carry on her good work (which was achieving great results). 

Nadia stood up for what she believed in, and that's why she's our latest Litter Hero (and personal inspiration). Her story is already inspiring other young people – a local group said they’d never seen so many children get involved in litter picking before. 

Here, we’ve asked Nadia to share some messages for our readers. To the Government, her pleas are…. “Ban non-recyclable materials in food packaging if it’s unnecessary. Reduce plastic use unless it is a necessity. Hefty fines for people who litter and better recycling with more bins.”

To the Department of Education, Nadia says, “take children to landfill sites as part of the curriculum, children (and adults) should see the scale of the situation.”

And to the people who drop litter, “I don't understand why you want to harm this world. It's the only one we have. Please think about what you are doing and the harm it will cause for others and future generations. Please change your ways.”

For the Great British Spring Clean (now extended to 25 March), Nadia will be organising a litter pick, then heading to her local beach too (where she’ll also be picking up litter). For anyone else tempted to get involved in a litter pick, she says, 

 

“Go for it. Take a risk, try something different, out of your comfort zone. Big challenges aren't so big when many hands pitch in and it will make you feel so good when you see what you have achieved.”

 

Keep up the fantastic work Nadia - you are a real #LitterHero in our eyes and we are sure you’ve got a fantastic future ahead as you.  Nadia wants to become an artist, and use her art to communicate to people about the danger the world is in “somehow I’ll continue saving the planet after I leave school.”

Ending with the positivity that surrounds this litter hero, we’ll end with a good discovery that Nadia (and many others) have made in their attempt to improve their local environment. 

 

“there are good people all over the world who care about the environment. There were lots of them feeling alone like I was, but by reaching out through social media we are all able to help each other.”

 

If you also care about the environment and, inspired by Nadia’s story, you want to make a difference too, then get involved. Join us for the Great British Spring Clean and let’s clean up this country. 

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