Who was the first to collect 25, 000 (really 37, 000) pounds of outdated computers, laptops, desktop printers, fax machines, and video players as a 40th observance of Earth Day project in the Manitowoc, WI area? Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity-sponsored Silver Lake College of the Holy Family won the E-cycle college challenge against Lakeshore Technical College.
Together both colleges totalled 50, 000 pounds of old, but renewable electronics from moving to landfills and possibly contamonating Sister Water (St. Francis words for this precious natural resource). A simple-recyclable cardboard sign announced the contest was over.
Earth Day came to be because a Wisconsin senator, Gaylord Nelson, was driven in his concern about the environment. Begun in 1962 through a nationwide grassroots demonstration, this day prompts action and fits hand in hand with the Franciscan value of reverence for creation.
St. Francis of Assisi came to realize that all creation was a reflection of the truth, goodness, and beauty of its Maker. In the beauty of the world, he encountered Beauty Itself. He sensed the unity, solidarity, and interdependence of all creation which inspired him to call creatures his brothers and sisters.
-Silver Lake College Website
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