Mar 022011

CLINTON — This Lent, the Sisters of St. Francis and all the congregations of women religious based in the Upper Mississippi Valley are advocating a “plastic bag fast” to show respect for the Creator by stewardship of creation.

The Clinton Franciscans are inaugurating the fast with a program on Sunday, March 6, from 2–3 p.m. at The Canticle, 841 13th Ave. N.  The event is free and open to the public. Directions to The Canticle are at

Fourth in the Sustainable Clinton series, the look into plastic bag use is designed to inspire participants to find cheap, easy alternatives to the carriers that are polluting the globe. The Canticle program will include several now-famous video clips including two about the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” and another on “The Majestic Plastic Bag.”  

Also featured will be a demonstration of how to easily make shopping bags from old T-shirts, and a film discussion with author and environmental advocate Van Jones on how plastic pollution has the heaviest impact on the most poor and vulnerable people.

More information is available at or by calling (563) 242-7611.

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