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Happy Earth Day
By Jenny Pereira / April 22, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...

Forty-five years ago today, in response to a devastating oil spill, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin announced a "national teach-in on the environment" and promoted activities across the nation to celebrate our blue and green planet and raise awareness of the issues facing our water, land, and air. 

Here in the Ocean State, we are particularly sensitive to the health of our environment – our state treasurer recently called Narragansett Bay, “the heart of Rhode Island.”  Although we face some daunting environmental challenges like changing climate conditions and polluted run-off, we are fortunate to have a dedicated environmental community that strives to steward and protect Rhode Island’s heart and soul. We are supporting their efforts to protect and steward Rhode Island’s natural resources, making them – and us – more resilient. 

So today, on the 45th Earth Day, let’s celebrate Rhode Island’s 400 miles of coastline, our spectacular- and thanks to our land conservation community - protected -New England farms, landscapes, and critical watershed areas; our vibrant urban parks, forests, and hiking trails.  Let’s celebrate the reopening of the fish ladder on Ten Mile River after 100 years and the surging interest in local farming, shellfish, and fisheries.

Before heading to Narragansett Beach last weekend to scour the shoreline for stones and sea glass, my 6-year-old son said he needed to write something. He found a scrap of paper, carefully wrote “don’t litter,” and taped the note on the front of his shirt. 

I have so much hope. Happy Earth Day.

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