Michigan Baha’is Make Clean Sweep of Pharmaceutical Waste on Earth Day

April 20, 2007

Source: The Baha'i Faith


For the third year in a row, Baha'is in northern Michigan collect hazardous waste on Earth Day, Saturday, April 21.

Along with members of more than 120 interfaith organizations in Michigan's Earth Keeper Clean Sweep program, Baha'is in Marquette rounded up pharmaceuticals that otherwise would get flushed down a toilet or poured down a drain -- and wind up in drinking water.

Last year, as part of the Earth Keeper program, the Marquette Baha'is collected electronic waste. The year before that they rounded up household poisons and vehicle batteries.

"In our small efforts at unity and service to the community in Marquette, we can affect the whole earth," says Rodney Clarken, a member of the Marquette Baha'i community. Mr. Clarken is interim associate dean of teacher education and the director of the School of Education at Northern Michigan University.