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People’s Climate March

We don’t want to let this event go by without a mention. The local effort took off like gangbusters with extra buses needed and couches in the 212 in great demand. Happily, RI Future’s climate correspondent, secular humanist, and all-round good guy Steve Ahlquist was


Minor Fish Kill In Seekonk River

While not a major episode, locating fish in distress near the shore on River Road was not difficult. Seagulls pulled this one out of the shallows, so . . . circle of life and all that. According to the ProJo, On a routine boat trip

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Green Patriot Posters

Discovered at the Graphic Design: Now In Production exhibition at the RISD Museum: Green Patriot Posters — posters for energy independence and the fight against climate change. This organization encourages you to submit a poster or distribute one of their many existing posters. Green Patriot

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Earth Day

(4.22.14) A list of Earth Day events and activities in Providence, and around the state, can be found at What Grows On in Rhode Island. Roger Williams Park Zoo will be holding a Party for the Planet all week. Save the Bay conducts shoreline clean-ups

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Statewide Plastic Bag Ban Hearing

(3.20) The Rhode Island House of Representatives Environment and Natural Resources Committee is hearing a bill that would ban plastic bags statewide. Tim Faulkner writes at ecoRI: For the second straight year, Rep. Maria Cimini, D-Providence, has sponsored the Plastic Waste Reduction Act, a bill

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Polymers Are Forever — Ban The Plastic Bag

Tree bags are bad enough, but the plastic bags that find their way into Narragansett Bay and the ocean present a much greater environmental hazard. Environment Rhode Island is spearheading the effort to ban plastic bags in Rhode Island. On Thursday, State Rep. Maria Cimini

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‘Draw The Line’ Against Keystone Pipeline Protest

(9.21) On Saturday, September 21st, environmental and community groups — Rhode Island Student Climate Coalition, Sierra Club, Fossil Free Rhode Island, Brown Divest Coal Campaign, and concerned citizens — will march from City Hall to the Rhode Island State House to demand comprehensive climate change

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Air Quality Alert

(6.24/25) The Department of Environmental Management has declared Monday, June 24, an Air Quality Alert Day. [Extended through Tuesday, June 25.] The Department of Health warns that unhealthy levels of ozone can cause throat irritation, coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, increased susceptibility to respiratory

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Eagles Eating Seagulls — Swan Point Cemetery

(1.27) Join the RI Sierra Club at the Swan Point Cemetery on the East Side of Providence for an unconventional outing. When the Blackstone river freezes over, seagulls huddle together in the unfrozen water surrounding a local waste water treatment plant that you can see

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Clean Water Action At The Hot Club

(10.11) An invitation from Clean Water Action: Join CWA at the Hot Club on Thursday, October 11th to get ready for the most important election in years. Electoberfest is your chance to support Clean Water Action, meet other clean water activists, and get ready to

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Recycling Plastic Bags Etc.

The ‘Trash Tutorial’ column in the ProJo — written by Sarah Kite, director of recycling services at the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) — is archived at the the RIRRC website along with other relevant columns. In yesterday’s column, Kite took up the subject

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Mattresses And E-Waste Drop-Off

(9.22) From the Department of Public Works: On Saturday, September 22, city residents may drop off old mattresses and e-waste at George J. West School located at 145 Beaufort Street between 8am and 11am. Residents are invited to drop off mattresses, old TVs, computers, printers,

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Air Quality Alert Day — Free Bus Rides, Trolleys

(8.31) From RIPTA, The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in Rhode Island especially in central and southern sections in the afternoon on Friday, August 31. A very humid air mass with southwest winds will be