Climate change is here. The ocean is claiming homes. Barrier beaches are failing. Severe storms are damaging Rhode Island's towns and cities. Help the Club combat climate disruptions by getting involved in a campaign.
Divesting from Fossil Fuels
A divestment effort has sprung up against fossil fuels. Schools and municipalities are choosing to sell their investments in the most profitable industry on earth. The City of Providence has already committed to divest, while students at Brown and RISD are demanding divestment at their colleges. The Rhode Island Sierra Club is helping spread the movement to the state and URI, RIC and CCRI.
Ensuring a Sustainable RIPTA
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is funded by the gas tax. As people drive less because of high gas prices and switch over to more fuel efficient cars, RIPTA's funding decreases at precisely the same time that there is greater demand and its fuel costs increase. It's a completely backwards funding model. The Rhode Island Sierra Club is looking to fix the problem.
Supporting Renewable Energy
A rapid transition to renewable energy is key to avoiding going over the 2° C temperature rise that even conservative estimates agree is the acceptable limit. The Rhode Island Sierra Club is working to get legislation passed that would provide a variety of smart tax credits to people who pursue renewable energy projects. On a larger scale, the Club is supporting the responsible development of offshore wind farms to help reduce our state's dependence of fossil fuels.
Adapting to Coastal Erosion
Rhode Island is the Ocean State, so we have a lot at stake when it comes to the sea level rise associated with global warming. We've witnessed 10 inches of rise since the 1940s, and we can expect 4-6 feet more by the end of the century whether or not we reduce global carbon emissions. The Club is helping Rhode Islanders adapt and prepare for what is in store.
Elevating Blackstone River Valley to a National Park
The Blackston River Valley is a historic corridor that connects Worcester to Providence. The river and the mills that populate its banks birthed the American Industrial Revolution. The Rhode Island Sierra Club is working to protect the valley and its historic sites by elevating it to a National Park.
Advancing Good Governance
Unless our elections are free of corporate money, independent and third party candidates are given a fair oportunity to run for office, and Rhode Islanders become more civically engaged, our government will not function effectively. The Rhode Island Sierra Club is working to advance good governance policies that will get our republic in working order.
Demanding Complete Streets
Pedestrians, bikers, and transit riders need to be considered every time state and town planners consider new projects. Multimodal communities provide transportation, health, safety, and qualitiy of life benefits that automobile-centric communities do not. The Rhode Island Sierra Club is dedicated to ensuring Rhode Island's streets are accessible to more than just cars.
Moving Beyond Coal: Close Brayton Point
There are only a handful of coal plants left in the Northeast and one is right over the Rhode Island border in Somerset, MA. The Brayton Point Coal Plant, the biggest single source of carbon pollution in New England, proudly claims to have spent over one billion dollars cleaning up the plant, but the truth is that those efforts have failed to make it safe. In fact Brayton Point is responsible for 15-39 premature deaths annually. Rhode Islanders need to join with activists in Massachusetts to shut down the plant.