2014 Earth Week

April 24, 2014

Line of heavy storm clouds over a neighborhood house.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

This past Tuesday (April 22nd) was officially Earth Day, which is designated to call attention to the impact humans are having on the planet.  This particular day ended with the first thunderstorm of 2014.

Piles of abandoned tires laying in the road.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The human impact on the planet was clearly evident last week while on an Alternative Spring Break trip in the city of Detroit, Michigan. This year we spent a week with Cass Community Services.  Please do take some time and review their website to learn about the history and the commitment this organization has to the community.  While there, we worked on a number of tasks, one of which was spending part of an afternoon picking up abandoned tires.  Apparently, unscrupulous tire dealers will accept the fees for tire recycling and then simply transport and dump them wherever convenient.  It is important to note that this is not unique to Detroit as I have seen piles of tires in Maryland as well, which was documented in a previous post.

Ripped tire that has been abandoned.

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Unfortunately, I did not count the total number of tires left in this particular area.

A line of abandoned tires laying in the road.

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They did, however, appear to extend to forever.

A pile of abandoned tires.

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As it had snowed the day before, the water had to be drained from the tires before they were loaded into a truck and then taken back to the Cass Community Services campus.

Outside photograph of Cass Green Industries building.

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Once there, the tires were unloaded at the Cass Green Industries warehouse…

 

Tire residue on floor after being cut into strips for matting.

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where they were cut into usable pieces…

Cass Community Services Mud Mats made from recycled tires.

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and transformed into Mud Mats by the Cass Green Industries employees. These mats are sold through the Cass Community Services online store.  Proceeds from the sales go toward sustaining other programs and services offered by Cass.

This is an organization truly worth supporting-both in terms of the kindness and care provided to the citizens of this part of Detroit, and also for their commitment to improving the condition of the planet.  It is difficult to imagine a better combination.

Take care.

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