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International Coastal Cleanup Day

(9.19) “It’s not okay to trash the bay!” From Save the Bay: The International Coastal Cleanup is the world’s largest volunteer effort for our ocean and waterways.  People all over the world remove trash from the shores and document what they find. The data is

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

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

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

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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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“Ban The Bag”

“Rhode Islanders use about 525 million bags annually, or enough to circle the earth more than six and a half times.” This extraordinary statement — based on plastics industry figures — comes from a recent piece by Rowan Sharp over at ecoRI News. Since 2007,

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End Marathon Mania

My original complaint regarding last Sunday’s idiotic Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon was the 7am “rock” music scheduled at several locations along the route. But now that I read about the environmental assault inflicted by this hideous California event promoter I realize this event was not

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‘Better World By Design’ Challenge For Students — $1,000 Prize

The ‘Better World By Design’ Conference is coming to town September 30 to October 3. This three-day event held annually on the Brown and RISD campuses connects students, professionals, and individuals from a variety of disciplines in order to build a global community of socially

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Hey Governor, Tax This

On January 1, 2010, Washington, D.C. instated a 5¢ tax on plastic shopping bags. According to TreeHugger, within a month, plastic bag use had dropped from 22 million to 3 million per month, simultaneously generating $150,000 in revenue in the first month. The Washington Post

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Environmental Films At Knight Memorial Library

Providence Community Library, the Friends of Knight Memorial Library and Trees 2020 are excited to present two free environmentally-themed films tonight at the Knight Memorial Library, starting at 6pm. The Man Who Planted Trees (30 minutes animated) This film tells the story of a shepherd

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How Safe Are Cosmetics? Science Cafe

Science Cafe presents that Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the RI Film Premiere of “The Story of Cosmetics”! Ever think about what goes into your cosmetic, fragrance, or beauty products? Curious about how those ingredients are regulated or if any of them could be dangerous

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Lil’ Rhody Racks Up Presidential Appointments

Barack Obama has an eye for talent—and it’s pointed at Rhode Island. This weekend, Obama appointed Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, which describes its mission as connecting people through various arts and cultural tourism.  Lahiri joins

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Creative Citizens Call For A “Creative” Creative Capital

Bill Mott, social enterpriser (founder of The Ocean Project), committed environmentalist (founder of Providence Green Drinks), and city resident would like to see the city become a little more creative in how it runs the government. Writing for RI’s Future, Earlier this year, Mayor Cicilline

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Happy Hour With Climate Nerds

Figuring out the world together — come learn about the hot environmental issues of the day from regional experts. What does ‘climate change’ mean for you, and what can you do about it? Join Sandra Brownell, of the Environmental Protection Agency, and other community members

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Barn-raising: With Caulk Guns

In the Amish tradition, when one family needs help building their barn, the community lends a hand. Energy-efficiency barn-raisings are kicking off in Providence this Saturday, where 30+ volunteers will celebrate Halloween with insulation and CFLs. Through hands-on work, all participants will learn new skills