Bullying is all too common nowadays. Between school shootings and kids being verbally abused by other kids, it’s no surprise that students prefer to stay home. One high school student by the name of Nadia Sparkes is refusing to be affected by bullying while battling the pollution crisis that threatens our oceans and the animals that we share our planet with. Nadia has decided to take matters into her own hands, and instead of simply going to and from school without a purpose, she picks up trash along the way on her two-mile-route from school to home every day.
Equipped with a bike that has a basket, Nadia puts any plastic trash that she finds in the basket and transports it to a recycling bin when she gets home. So far she’s filled up two recycle bins, but her good deed hasn’t stopped the kids at school from calling her “Trash Girl,” and they’ve incessantly bullied her for her noble efforts.
While some kids would cave in and sucumb to the bullies harsh words, Nadia is more driven than ever to clean up her community.
“I’m doing something to protect the world they also live in,” said Nadia, regarding the bullies. “It’s everyone’s job. We are all responsible for keeping this world safe, instead of believing that it’s always someone else’s job.”
In response to her daughter being bullied, Nadia’s mother, Paula Sparkes, gave the girl two choices regarding the predicament she was in.
“I told her she had two choices, she could either stop collecting rubbish, stop drawing their attention and hopefully they would leave her alone. Or she could own “trash girl,” said Paula.
As with most things in life, this good deed ultimately went noticed, and Nadia’s reputation as “Trash Girl” has gone viral, thanks to media attention, that drove Nadia to create a Facebook group titled, ‘Team Trash Girl,’ where Nadia shares her efforts with those who believe in her and support her ambitious goal of bettering the planet.
An outpouring of positive comments have come in response to Nadia’s trash movement…
“Nadia, I think you’re truly awesome! Own that nickname and don’t give up. The bullies are ignorant and should be ashamed. I wish more people were just like you.”
A local artist even showed his support by creating orignial artwork that showcases Nadia and her trash.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Nadia grew up to be a big time environmentalist, based on the passion that she is exhibiting for the planet at such a young age. Considering 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year worldwide, we need more do-gooders like Nadia to help offset the harm that these materials are doing to our environment. The problem with plastics is that when they eventually degrade after several years, they don’t biodegrade, which means they break down into smaller particles, which absorb toxins, in turn contaminating waterways, soil and the animals that ingest these particles.
If every person put a little bit of effort toward the trash crisis, then the planet has a chance of being freed from these toxins.