The good side of computers …

Many of us have personal computers. They assist us in our work, enhance our creativity, and even provide entertainment. And by lending their excess processing power you can help global warming research or find a cure for diseases. (You don’t have to understand all the scientific mumbo-jumbo of the research to participate – just download the software following the simple directions…)

Sorry Mac users – you’ll need a PC…

… to participate in the World Community Grid’s Clean Energy Project!

If you have a PC, put it to good use. Most of the time, it’s just sitting there (and from the computer’s point of view, while you’re typing something in a Word document, for example, even while you’re hard at work, your computer’s capabilities aren’t being used). Instead, you can download a secure program that will allow your computer to be part of the World Community Grid being used to do the calculations needed to find the next generation of clean energy. Concerned about computer security? With all the scams out there, you’re right to be. But check out this organization, supported by the world’s foremost science, education, and institutional organizations. This is NOT a new, untested concept, and their future depends on making sure you don’t experience problems.

E-Waste: What does your church and congregation do with its outdated computers?

There is a growing mountain of “e-waste” – outdated computers and related equipment. These are filled with toxic substances. A few outdated computers are recycled responsibly. However, most go into landfills and many others are “recycled” by sending them to developing nations where they are recycled in any way that’s expedient – to the detriment of the health of the low-wage workers and to the environment.

Consider: Between 1997 and 2004, over 315 million computers will become obsolete in the USA. This adds up to†about 1.2 billion pounds of lead almost 2 million pounds of cadmium content about 400,000 pounds of mercury in total. What does your congregation do with its old computers? Chances are, there is a company or organization that will responsibly recycle your computers for a modest fee.

Donation and recycling programs for your old computers

Preventing waste in the first place is usually preferable to any waste management option…including recycling. When you outgrow your computers, cell phones and other equipment, and pass them onto new users, that’s reuse.

If donation for reuse or repair is no longer practical, you can send your used electronics for recycling. Electronic equipment can be recycled for recovery of metals, plastics, glass and other materials. For more information …

For more information about where you can donate or recycle your old computer…