Tommy Kleyn is from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. A proud Dutchman, he loves his country and enjoys taking in the sights and sounds of his hometown. Like of lot of his fellow countrymen, every day he cycles into work on his bicycle. But there’s one area he cycles past a lot and it doesn’t make for particularly nice viewing. The river. Lots of trash gets dumped there and ends up washing up onto the riverbank. And it’s such a shame, it really spoils the view. Not only that but it’s bad for the environment and dangerous for local wildlife.
So, one day he decided to do something about it. He made the decision to wake up half an hour earlier than normal in order to get down by the river and start clearing it up a little. It didn’t take him long on his first day in order to fill up bag with rubbish.
“First bag filled! Took but half an hour!” He wrote on Facebook, posting this picture.
Here is Kleyn getting down to business and doing his bit to help out.
After a few days’ works and plenty of regular social media updates, people began to sit up and take notice. Soon, people volunteered to help Kleyn on his mission to tidy up the riverbank. Here’s a friend of his called Rick helping out.
It’s pretty shocking just how much they managed to clump together in no time at all. Garbage that would have just stayed there clogging up the bank and poisoning fish and ducks and things…
Kleyn ended up getting to the point where he would be filling up 22 bags worth of trash every single day before work!
And it was all worth it. He’d never seen any bird’s nest on the riverbank before, but soon – look! A Eurasian coot had nested just days after he’d started work. “It was a real reward.” He said. An indication that his work was worthy. And now Kleyn is calling on you! He’s encouraging everyone to help help up their local area by following his lead and grabbing a bag and a litter stick and heading outside. Just imagine what we could all achieve if we all just put in a few minutes of work a day…
Every little helps!