Surrounded by beachgoers soaking in the sun, a college freshman saw his spring break trip to Miami Beach as an opportunity to make the world a better place.
Joshua Carraway of Atlanta noticed trash covering the sand on the beach and went on to fill three bags worth.
"I didn't have a trash bag at first, but I just started picking stuff up hand by hand," Carraway said. "I didn't want the trash to wash into the ocean, that's already a huge problem already, so why make it worse?"
As photos of Carraway cleaning the beach made its way to social media, attention and praise quickly followed. Officers on Miami Beach also acknowledged his efforts.
“So I told Joshua, you’ve been picking up trash for a long time instead of hanging out and listening to music,” Miami Beach police officer Paul Acosta wrote on Twitter. “I asked why. He says, he love [sic] animals and wants to take care of their home and ours.”
Photos of Carraway picking up trash garnered more than 3,500 likes.
Carraway is studying Biology and plans to become an exotic animal specialist.
"I hope I can encourage somebody out there to start cleaning and be aware of what you leave behind and clean up," Carraway said.
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