4-year-old girl clears plastic from Rio's beaches

(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) 4-YEAR-OLD ENVIRONMENTALIST, NINA GOMES, SAYING:

"Hello my name is Nina, I'm 4-years-old and I collect plastic with my dad."

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This father and daughter team scoop up plastic bottles and bags

from polluted waters around Rio de Janeiro

SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) 4-YEAR-OLD ENVIRONMENTALIST, NINA GOMES, SAYING:

FATHER ASKING: "Why are you collecting plastic?"

"Because (otherwise) fish and turtles die."

11 million tons of plastic are discarded into the ocean every year

Source: United Nations Environment Programme

Nina's father, Ricardo, is the director of Instituto Mar Urbano

a group dedicated to fighting marine disasters

He hopes his daughter's example will inspire others

NINA'S FATHER:

"Nina is the breaking point for love, for empathy while seeing that our attitude today will define the legacy we will leave the generations to come."

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