A 12-year-old school girl, who has been picking up trash along the two-mile route to and from school and collecting it in the basket of her bike, is defying the bullies that have named her “Trash Girl” and is now encouraging the world to pick up litter.
Nadia Sparkes from Norwich, began the litter-picking mission last year. She took to cleaning up litter after being shocked by the number of discarded cans and bottles she saw as she cycled to and from school in Hellesdon.
In spite of children throwing things at Nadia Sparkes and calling her “trash girl”, she has not backed down in her efforts to help protect and preserve the planet, and has even embraced the name, Trash Girl.
Nadia Sparkes said: “I’m not going to stop doing the right thing because of them, and if they are going to call me trash girl, they can say it with respect.
“I’m doing something to protect the world they also live in.
“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.”
Nadia Sparkes and Paula Sparkes have now started the Team Trash Girl Facebook group to thank people for their support of the school girl’s trash picking ways and to encourage others to do the same.
On the Team Trash Girl Facebook page, Nadia Sparkes wrote: “I also wanted to find a way to help everyone support one another – to help fix the planet’s problems before it becomes unfixable.”
“So, please try to pick up three pieces of litter today.”
Nadia Sparkes’s story has been shared the world over and has inspired a nation of people stopping in the streets to pick up litter. She also says that the bullies have also backed down.
In honour of Nadia Sparke’s environmental actions, a local production company in Norwich created the Trash Girl cartoon, calling her “litter’s hardest hitter”.
Alex Jeffery, of Norfolk-based Creative Nation, said: “We think Nadia’s a superhero for putting the planet first.
“And she’s done that in the face of bullies who chose to criticise rather than help her and get involved.”
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea