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Earth Day Cleanups

(4.23) Cleanups and e-waste collection are scheduled for Saturday. Join in. WaterFire Providence is celebrating its 6th annual Earth Day cleanup in conjunction with Providence Parks. Clean-ups include Waterplace Basin, Donigian Park and O’Brien Park. Unclear where exactly people are meeting or when. Go to


Future Of Commercial Fishing Forum

(4.14) “Is Commercial Fishing Sustainable?” will be the topic of Thursday’s forum at Rhode Island College. And not a moment too soon. Just in the news: “Climate-related Death of Coral Alarms Scientist” (NYT 4.9.16.) Coral reefs are the crucial incubators of the ocean’s ecosystem, providing

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Obligatory Earth Day Post

I give up. It’s impossible for me to continue my years-long rant against bottled water and plastic shopping bags since the explosion of K-Cups. These evil pods are not only plastic but they can’t be recycled (NPR 1.28.15). That their popularity follows the publication of

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No More Plastic Bags

Once again the general assembly will consider a bill to phase out the use of plastic bags. If passed, the bill would require large-scale retailers to stop using plastic checkout bags by January 1, 2016; smaller retailers would have an additional year to comply with


California First State To Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a ban on single-use plastic bags. Paper bags and reusable plastic bags will be available at checkout counters for a 10-cent fee intended to prod shoppers to remember their own reusable bags. The measure is intended to

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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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Let’s Consign Phone Books To The Dustbin Of History

For now? Please place in your recycling container. That is, after removing the plastic bags — which will persist in the environment forever — and transporting those bags to the supermarket or other bag-using store. Thanks phone book people. This is the time of year

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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