Environment

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 Alan Weisman’s “Polymers are Forever” is particularly galling. We now

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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 reduce the number of plastic bags that clog rivers, snag

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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 when the blooming of the daffodils signals to apartment dwellers

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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 conscious and passionate innovators. Special events coordinator Hannah Burn sends

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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 who repairs the ruined ecosystem of a secluded valley by

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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 for our health? Join Mia Davis of the Campaign for

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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 five other PCAH committee appointees, including visual artist Chuck Close,

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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 unveiled plans designed to make Providence a “creative capital” for

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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 to discuss these topics at a special AS220 Happy Hour.

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