Teen Halts His Holiday Just to Pick Up Trash on Miami Beach, Gets Noticed by Cop

March 26, 2019 Updated: April 1, 2019

Most youngsters really look forward to unwinding on the beach during their spring break, and for a lot of them, Miami becomes their go-to destination, where the fun-in-the-sun attitude is ripe.

But a youngster from Georgia, Atlanta, took to the beach not to just enjoy himself like all the other spring breakers, but to also help animals and the environment with his good deed.

Joshua Caraway, 19, a freshman who studies Biology at the University of West Georgia, arrived at Miami on March 22 with his friends, and was dismayed to see the amount of trash piled up on the golden sands when they hit the beach that night.

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“I was with my friends and I was just seeing all the trash on the beach,” Caraway told CTV News.ca in an interview. “I was looking at it, and I was like ‘ugh.’”

So instead of staying quiet, Caraway sprang into action. He went on to pick up the trash as he walked around the beach until he found a nearby bin.

The next day, Caraway returned to the beach, but this time, his action didn’t go unnoticed. Joel Franco from 7News Miami spotted Caraway picking up the trash, who had filled up three trash bags quickly.

Caraway was vacationing with four of his friends, and he asked them to give him a hand, but they responded by saying, “Clean up the trash? No, I’m not with that.”

The concerned Caraway told Yahoo Lifestyle!: “If it’s not cleaned up that trash would get washed in the ocean which is terrible for our Earth and sea animals.”

His actions were also noticed by the Miami Beach Police Department (MBPD).

Major Paul Acosta had seen Caraway trying to clean up the environment and wanted to thank him. Acosta was curious to know why Caraway was cleaning the beach instead of relaxing like the other students. To which Caraway replied, “he love[s] animals and wants to take care of their home and ours,” according to a Twitter post by Acosta.

Not only am i on vacation but i can also do things to help the earth too, today i walked around the beach & filled three…

Joshua Caraway 发布于 2019年3月23日周六

Caraway’s good deed quickly spread on social media. The photos of him picking up trash amidst beachgoers garnered over 3,000 likes.

Social media users took to praise the youngster for his actions.

One Twitter user wrote, “Thank so much young man! I wish there were more like you!”

“He is welcomed back to Miami any time! I got nothing but mad respect for this dude,” wrote another.

A third one enthused, “The hero we need but don’t deserve.”

Not just that, Caraway’s role model, animal specialist Mike Holston, a.k.a. “Tarzann,” who has 5 million followers, picked up the boy’s environmental action and posted it to his Instagram story, according to WSVN.

Caraway was overwhelmed with all the attention he received. “I was looking at Twitter, and I was like, ‘Oh, wow,’” said Caraway. “I was shocked that it was going somewhere, and I was like, ‘That is so cool.’”

Caraway’s act might be simple but will have a profound effect in the future. He is now back in college but hopes to continue his cleanup efforts, “I just love the environment and to clean up the earth,” he said.


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