Collecting “e-waste” is an interfaith effort
MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN, United States, 11 May 2006 (BWNS) — Just nine years old, Eve McCowen was dwarfed by the huge piles of unwanted electronic equipment that quickly accumulated in the parking lot of the Messiah Lutheran Church on Earth Day 2006.
But she was nevertheless one of the first to run up to an arriving car that needed to be unloaded as residents brought old stereos, defunct computers, and broken television sets for recycling.
“Recycling is good for the environment because when you throw stuff away it can get in the earth’s soil and water and that isn’t good for the earth,” said Eve, the daughter of Dennis and Lisa McCowen of Marquette.
Eve is also a Baha’i, as are her parents, and they were among the nine Baha’is from Marquette who participated in the second annual Earth Keeper Clean Sweep on 22 April 2006, which is designated as Earth Day in the United States and many other countries.
The effort collected more than 300 tons of “e-waste” — electronic equipment like television sets, computers, VCRs, and the like that are not otherwise easily recycled — from various sites in across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a sparsely populated region north of Lake Michigan.
Goodness knows, we need less e waste in this world. [in-joke. -d]