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Morgan finds rubbish walks with his mother the perfect pick-me-up

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AMID a global drive to clean up the planet one St Martin’s School pupil has made it his mission to pick up every piece of litter he sees around the Island.

Morgan Monet takes a JEP Beach Clean bag and gloves with him on walks. Picture: DAVID FERGUSON (21993017)

For about two years, Morgan Monet (7), has been combing Jersey’s beaches and countryside picking up cans, crisp packets and wrappers.

And now, he and his mother, Kathrin Baumert, are keen to inspire others to do the same.

‘I just think that some people are not educated about putting their rubbish in the bin and they have an attitude of “Oh, I pay my rates for this and they [the parish] should clear up after me” and have got other things on their mind,’ she said.

‘Morgan has never dropped rubbish but in the last two years he has learnt about protecting the environment at school and has been able to walk about 10 km,’ she said.

‘We started walking around the lanes together when he was younger but now we do it more regularly and it now feels wrong to go out without taking a rubbish bag with us.’

She added that their litter picking has enabled Morgan to see how discarded rubbish was affecting animal habitats.

Morgan said: ‘We see lots of different insects and I once found a snail in a plastic bag which had got stuck inside it and died. I do not want them to die.’

Ms Baumert added that the pair had recently taken part in the JEP’s Beach Clean and was pleased about the other environmental initiatives being launched by other businesses and organisations around the Island.

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‘We did the JEP Coastal Clean and we were given a bag and gloves that we are still using today,’ she said.

‘Some cafés like Rhona’s in Gorey give you a free cup of coffee if you clean a bucket of rubbish off the beach which I think is a really good idea too.

‘You do get odd looks doing it and some people think you are doing community service but it is really nice to come back through an area and see it all clean.’

The St Saviour resident added that she and her son had also been able to go geocaching while on their walks – an activity which involves finding hidden capsules often containing messages – which had enabled Morgan to learn about the history of the Island.

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