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News From Environment Council of RI

April 29, 2020


ECRI Weekly Update


Hope everyone is safe and well.  I am sure many of you are yearning to breathe free. Well at least the air pollution is diminished with the traffic.  ECRI’s Monthly meeting is Monday, May 4, at 5:30 PM.  On line. Remember to register so you can get the link.  

ECRI Public Meeting Monday, May 4

Featuring presentation on
Green Justice Zones
by Court King
Climate Justice Policy Associate
City of Providence

Online: 5:30 - 7 PM 

(the regular monthly ECRI meeting, only different) 

Please register to receive a Zoom link (for video and phone call-in conference). 

AGENDA  for ECRI Meeting of May 4  Everyone Welcome
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • President’s Report
  • Approval of March Minutes
  • Office Report
  • Policy Report
  • Presentation about Green Justice Zones


Climate Advocacy While Staying Home  

Wednesday, April 29, 2020• 2:00 PM ---
Environment Council of RI (ECRI) meets monthly (except in July & August) usually on the 1st Monday Night of each month at 5:30 pm.

ECRI Annual Meeting June 1  

Everyone Welcome!

Again a Zoom meeting.

A moderated discussion among Amelia Rose Executive Director of Groundwork RI, Jim Vincent President of the of the RI chapter of the NAACP and Marcela Betancur Director of the RI Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University focused on how we can use lessons demonstrated from corona-virus to lead society, specifically Rhode Island, to a place with better air quality, local commerce, walking/biking opportunities, equitably distributed city green space, and job opportunities that support healthy lives in all RI communities.  
The Discussion will be moderated by Joanna Detz of ecoRI News. 
We are in the process of putting together the website registration page.  ECRI is looking for sponsors/advertisers for the events  in the $100 to $200 range.  Please let me know if you are interested.  We are also going to be asking for a donation to attend, but it will be entirely voluntary,  pay what you feel is appropriate or nothing at all.  The suggested donation will be $40, which is the regular price of the ECRI Annual Meeting tickets, though this year there is no tour and no dinner.  

This Week’s Creature Features

July 2019 Highlights  Butterflies, bees, toadlets, frogs, turtles herons, hawks, and a turtle   7 minutes  

August 2019  Wildlife highlights   Buzzing bees, schools of menhaden, breeching tadpoles, and a hunting heron  4 minutes 49 seconds 
Two osprey in an industrial area in Pawtucket along the Moshassuck river   1 minute 18 seconds 
Osprey preening  1 minute 49 seconds


 Other News...

Some interesting reports have come out this week

This week, the National Wildlife Federation launched the Natural Climate Solutions Federal Policy Platform, which recommends policies to cut land sector carbon dioxide emissions while supporting American jobs, restoring ecosystems, and boosting community and wildlife resilience. Natural climate solutions are critical to the success of any climate change policy. While cutting emissions in the energy, industrial, and transportation sectors is essential, the world’s scientists have made clear that we need to pull vastly more carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to have a chance at stabilizing the climate at relatively safe levels.
The American Lung Association’s 2020 State of the Air Report is now available.
And a call for poets by ECRI member Notable Works
Dear Poets and Environmental Advocates:

We hope that you are doing ok and staying safe during this difficult time. We are writing to remind everyone of the approaching deadline of May 1, 2020 for Notable Work’s Call for Poetry for our new edition of The Future of Our Planet.  The theme for this project is Resilience and Sustainable Living: Adapting to a Changing Climate. Please email original poetry submissions to  It would be great if you could help spread the word about this.

Thank you again.

Noreen Inglesi
Artist In Residence 
Notable Works Publication and Distribution Co., Inc.

- Greg Gerritt, ECRI Office





The Environment Council of Rhode Island is a coalition of more than 60 Rhode Island organizations, as well as individuals, whose mission is to serve as an effective voice for developing and advocating policies and laws
that protect and enhance the environment.
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