Thankful for People Who Believe…

Everyday we hear sad stories about people or situations around the world but for the last eight Thanksgivings, CNN has honored ten people who BELIEVE in a better tomorrow. They epitome Mahatma Gandhi’s quote of “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

As we sit around the Thanksgiving table expressing our gratitude for family, friends and positive experiences in our lives, I give thanks for this year’s and past CNN Heroes and all individuals who give their time and energy to make life better for others and improve the planet for all living creatures who inhabit it.

For the first time, CNN’s Hero of the Year, Chad Pregracke, is a watershed hero, a “defender of the planet.” He started an organization Living Lands & Waters 15 years ago. He and 70,000 volunteers have removed 7 million pounds of trash from the Mississippi River and its tributaries. In 1997, he began cleaning the river’s banks himself having spent his childhood playing along and working in the Mississippi. Today, he employs twelve people who live and work on a barge cleaning garbage from the Mississippi watershed and educating students through experiential learning about watershed science.

book cover high resolutionIn the spirit of Alima, the watershed hero in Watershed Adventures of a Water Bottle, Chad’s dedication to conserving the environment, making it a better place for people to recreate and experience and for animals to inhabit is heroic. His voice, activism and motivation inspires us all to make a positive impact in our local and global world. Thank you Chad for being a watershed hero and helping us all BELIEVE a vision is possible . Congratulations on being this year’s CNN Hero.

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