Friday, November 19, 2004

 

Can't get away from Prince C today

I can't help wondering, after reading Charles' comments, if he would approve of these kids--they are, after all, lowly garbage-collectors--or disapprove, because they are trying to save the planet and therefore dreaming rather large.

Thank You For Letting Me...Pick Up Garbage

Imagine kids coming up and thanking you for the opportunity to pick up garbage. Hard to believe? Ask Ritchie Israel, a member of the Sierra Club's Water Sentinels in Rockland County, New York.

Most Water Sentinels more typically wade into creeks with boots on to collect water samples, but Israel decided to help organize a series of cleanups on dry land -- transforming neighborhoods beset by crime and used as dumping grounds for junked cars, tires, and other debris.

More than 100 local residents took part in the first cleanup, in Clarkstown, above, and more than a dozen have followed in neighboring communities.

"Kids tell me how much fun they're having picking up trash," says Israel. "If you ask me, that's miraculous." You can read the full story in The Planet or learn more about Water Sentinels program, which is active in seven other states.

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