“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
If you’ve been following my blog, you know picking up litter and sharing about my trashy runs has become a common theme. I’ve connected online with like-minded litter picker-uppers near and far. One such person is Abby Braham, an environmental advocate and former navy pilot from Madison, Mississippi.
Abby moved to Madison about a year ago and couldn’t ignore the overwhelming amount of litter accumulating in the Pearl River and Ross Barnett Reservoir, among other surrounding waterways. She has picked up A LOT of litter—sometimes as much as nearly 200 items in 45 minutes—which inspired Take2Miss, a social media campaign using Instagram and Facebook to encourage people to take ownership of their community by picking up (and packing out) litter and then sharing pictures of it online using the hashtag #Take2Miss.
Her stewardship has moved beyond litter documentation to organizing cleanups, educating about plastic pollution, and forming strategic partnerships—and she’s having success. One such victory is at the Barnett Reservoir Dam Spillway, an area that could soon close if anglers don’t stop littering the area.
Abby’s efforts remind me every piece of litter picked up makes a difference and no small act is ever wasted. She represents an example of how an idea to improve one’s community can move people to action and have a positive impact. I encourage you to let Abby’s interview be a source of inspiration for you; whether it’s organizing a cleanup effort or creating something extraordinary to improve your own community.
What’s your background?
I grew up enjoying the many lakes and rivers in the northern part of New Jersey. This love of the outdoors led me to major in marine science at the University of South Carolina. I completed college using an ROTC scholarship and was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy upon graduation. After flight school in Pensacola, FL, I deployed on several different aircraft carriers as an H60 Seahawk search and rescue helicopter pilot. After serving 10 years in the US Navy, I left to be a stay-at-home mom for my two kids. [Continue Reading]