McPiggy and the meaning of life

Photograph: Afroz Shah

Aberdeen Climate Action recently had a competition to design a mascot. Children completed entries at Climate Week North East earlier this month and the runner-up is my favourite. Meet McPiggy who eats plastic and poops paper. Designed and illustrated by the 8-year-old Ashton.

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I thought of McPiggy this morning when I read about a true hero in Mumbai who, two years ago, started picking up plastic from his local beach. The beach was filthy and unsafe to use so he put on some gloves and got started.

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Screenshot from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnALkpJ89zo

He quickly realised it was too big a problem to fix alone and so he started asking locals for help. Initially people turned him down, probably because they viewed it as an insurmountable task. But he persisted and eventually led a team of volunteers who succeeded in cleaning up the beach and now the turtles have returned. Individuals and communities can make the world a better place. Never give up.

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Photograph: Afroz Shah

The next Climate Cafe is new Tuesday evening at 7pm, Waterstones Bookstore in Aberdeen. It’s on Hydroponics and Permaculture.