climate change

Using stormwater to restore amphibian breeding habitat

By Greg Gerritt June 29, 2017 Green Party of Rhode Island We live in a world in which ecological destruction has run rampant, losing much of the habitat animals need for their survival, while at the same time destroying the ecosystems that billions of people depend upon for their daily bread. In my book the restoration of ecosystem health is the way forward for our communities as we sail into climate change under the dark clouds. The Green Infrastructure Coalition, a partnership of approximately 40 organizations in RI and surrounding watersheds, is leading efforts in Rhode Island to help our…


Debunking the Pendulum Theory

By Todd Thompson June 09, 2017 Democrats and other anti-Trump politicos sense that their prey is in distress. There is growing optimism about the opportunities it presents for the Left. For instance, some are saying that Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris agreement is an opportunity to seize a moment (see Joe Ware’s article in Counterpunch), that in four years, the issue of climate change could be the major topic of the 2020 presidential election, and they believe it would bode well for progressives. Others are pushing the moment to pass single payer health care because Trump has…


On Trump’s Opposition to the Paris Climate Agreement

By Mark Dunlea Green Education and Legal Fund While COP21 is a flawed agreement, the refusal of the Trump administration to abide by even these limited goals locks us into catastrophic climate change. Congress should – but won’t – rise up and take legislative and oversight action to save the planet. It is up to average Americans to force elected officials to take effective and timely action on climate disruption. The path to a safer planet that creates jobs, improves health and strengthens local communities has long existed. The oil and gas barons use their enormous wealth to subvert the…


Why Composting is critical to our future

Prosperity For Rhode Island by Greg Gerritt Prepared remarks for a Conference sponsored by the Rhode Island Socicety of Environmental Professionals held at the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation’s facility in Johnston, Rhode Island. Climate change is the existential crisis of our time. The removal of organics from our landfill stream is one of our key strategies for reducing the production of greenhouse gases, especially methane, and provides a new resource for one of the few industries in RI that is expanding, agriculture. Like solar energy, compost is an idea whose time is finally coming. We could have adopted both…


The Precautionary Principle

by Ron Forthofer  The Daily Camera January 20, 2013 Here it is 2013 and the United States still refuses, with a few exceptions, to adopt the precautionary principle, a key tool used to protect the public from potentially dangerous products, policies or actions. The essence of this principle is that if there are reasonable grounds for concern about the safety of some product or action, its safety must be scientifically established before the product is released or the action taken. The precautionary principle reflects the idea that “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” A key…