Called to creation care

Published on: 22 August 2022

Eleven-year-old Madeleine Humphries from Norwich has always been interested in protecting nature.

As lockdown restrictions eased, Madeleine joined a community litter-picking group in the city but wanted to do more. “I love the seaside and I want to help the wildlife. It’s good because God made the world and the creatures in it, and we’ve got to look after them. A seal was bobbing up and down watching us as we cleared up. The worst part was finding 40 dog poo bags in an hour, people stuff them down animal dens and in the reeds. It was exhausting, but I hope we saved a lot of wildlife that day.”

Madeleine and her mum joined Norfolk Beach Cleans on their monthly litter pick in Great Yarmouth. The Great Big Green Week is the UK’s biggest celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature. Can you get involved?

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