184. A Cleaner River (2)
The three brothers went out on the river
every day, weather permitting. They tied some rowboats
their boat to use as floating trash cans.
picked up all the trash they could see
in the river. Friends joined them. Then friends
other friends, and by the end of the
year there were more than 200 volunteers helping
Green Fleet clean up the river. In the
365 days, the brothers estimated that they had
more than 10 tons of trash from the
. Their work was creating a cleaner-looking and cleaner-smelling
Corporations got involved and donated money and materials.
the end of the second year, the Green
had grown to four boats and four barges.
brothers appeared on radio talk shows and on
and national TV shows. Activists throughout the nation
organizing their own Green Fleets.
The Green Fleet
bigger and better every year. Five years after
inception, the three brothers were able to go
on weekends in their river. Unfortunately, a year
, Manny accidentally stuck himself with a hypodermic needle
picking up a dirty plastic bag. He got
infection but didn’t see a doctor until it
too late. At Manny's funeral, his brothers vowed
carry on their volunteer work until they were
sick or old to do it any longer.
honor Manny, the St. James city council voted
rename the city's largest park after him.