Climate Change

End of the year observations

Prosperity for Rhode Island By Greg Gerritt December 27, 2018 It would be very easy to be depressed about the state of the world as we move from 2018 to 2019 with racism, authoritarianism, growing inequality, an increase in refugees from war and climate change, rising carbon emissions, ever faster deforestation, empty seas, loss of biodiversity, more nuclear weapons in the pipeline, the trampling of communities in pursuit of profit, democracy in retreat, and the hottest La Nina year in history, but it has to be balanced with the UN laughing at Trump, a repudiation in the mid term elections,…

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The Green Imperative: Why You Should Vote Green Whenever You Can

By Ryan Westdock   Green Party of Virginia It is easy to pick through Democratic propaganda, a process which has happened time and time again to sadly little avail. What is a bit harder, and vastly more important, is to state strong reasons for voting Green when that choice is available. There are many such reasons, some practical and some ethical, for doing so. Perhaps the strongest reason is that our platform is the only one that stands a chance of preserving human civilization as we understand it through the end of the century. The Green Party is the only national…


Energy: Missing from the Nuclear Story

by Don Fitz One of my first memories of watching TV during the early 1950s was ads promoting leaded gasoline for reducing engine knock. Little did I suspect the strange history of that gas. By the beginning of World War I, it became clear that the internal combustion automobile was edging out its rival steam cars and electric cars. Shortly afterwards, Thomas Midgley began researching how to remove the knocking “ping” sound from gasoline-powered cars. Midgley devoted no fewer than six years of his life searching for a fuel additive that would have a “no-knock” effect. He found that corn…


on Puerto Rico

Statement of the of the Puerto Rican Diaspora Solidarity Coordinating Committee on the Destruction Brought by Hurricane Maria to Puerto Rico Our people are experiencing one of the worst and bitter moments of our history since the armed invasion of our homeland by the United States and the destruction caused by hurricane San Felipe during the decade of the 20s of the last century that caused over 300 deaths and more than 50 million dollars in damages. During that time Puerto Ricans responded to those tragedies with dignity and human solidarity. Our nation was able to recuperate and overcome these…


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…