The Climate Action Rhode Island Blog

The TCI Opportunity for Rhode Island

CARI’s April Community Meeting featured Hank Webster, Rhode Island Director of the Acadia Center, speaking about the opportunity our state has to improve our health and our infrastructure by joining the regional Transportation & Climate Initiative.

What Are Rhode Islanders Saying About Act On Climate?

Gov. McKee has expressed concern about the key provision of the Act On Climate bill that makes its goals enforceable. Here’s what Rhode Islanders, both famous and regular citizens, have to say about that concern.

Act On Climate 2021: C’mon, Governor McKee

Gov. McKee still hasn’t said whether he’ll sign the Act On Climate bill, which was passed by big bipartisan majorities in both the RI Senate and RI House. Big business and fossil fuel interests have his ear. Let’s raise our voice so he hears us, too.

CARI’s Endorsed RI Legislation, 2021

With a change of leadership in the House of Representatives and a new wave of progressive lawmakers in the Senate, there’s a rare opportunity to pass serious climate laws in Rhode Island this year. CARI is excited to endorse these 9 necessary, inspiring bills.

Act On Climate 2021: House Hearing Friday Feb. 26

Now the Act On Climate bill has its first House hearing, this coming Friday Feb 26. Help us communicate the urgency of climate action to the House by signing on in support before Thursday night!

Act On Climate 2021: Senate Hearing Wednesday Feb. 3

The Act On Climate bill will have its first hearing in the Rhode Island State Senate this Wednesday afternoon, February 3. Use this page to submit your statement of support to the Senate Environment Committee and your Senator.

CARI’s 2020 General Election Endorsements

As this November’s epochal election gets underway, CARI is proud to announce endorsements in 9 additional races. Let’s get out the vote for these climate champions!

A Green Wave

The results of Rhode Island’s 2020 primary election show a Green Wave crashing onto the State House shores. Fully 13 of CARI’s 18 endorsed climate champions won their races, many against entrenched DINO incumbents.

CARI’s 2020 Primary Endorsements

Climate Action Rhode Island is thrilled to announce its complete round of endorsements for Rhode Island’s Democratic primary elections, which take place this September 8.

Endorsement: Leonela Felix for House District 61 (Pawtucket)

“Both the costs of an extractive fossil fuel system and the disastrous effects of the climate crisis fall disproportionately on immigrants, low-income communities, and people of color — in other words, on families like mine.”

Endorsement: Lenny Cioe for Senate District 4 (N. Providence / Providence)

CARI is happy to endorse Leonardo (Lenny) Cioe. Lenny is a career nurse who has been working on the front lines during the current Covid-19 crisis and understands first-hand the threat that this pandemic represents. Yet he also recognizes that the threat of Covid-19 pales in comparison to what we all as Rhode Islanders, Americans, and occupants of this planet face in the climate crisis.

Local Climate Teams: Kickoff June 9

CARI’s Political & Legislative Mobilization team is building regional groups across Rhode Island to work on elections and legislation. Sign up to attend our (online) kickoff event on Tuesday, June 9.

Statement of Solidarity: Black Lives Matter

CARI expresses solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and reaffirms our commitment to fighting the white supremacy and racism that underlie the climate crisis.

Plastics Pollution: Impacts on Climate and Communities

At CARI’s May meeting (online), Kevin Budris, staff attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation, gave an eye-opening presentation about the climate impact of plastic pollution. Slides and video are posted here.

Chase Bank Responds to Pressure

CARI applauds JPMorgan Chase Bank’s baby steps toward curbing fossil fuel loans. The pressure campaign is working! Here’s what else they need to do.

Die-In at Chase Bank in Providence

As dozens of people demonstrated outside, 10 CARI members lay down “dead” inside the Chase bank on Thayer Street, symbolizing the tens of thousands of deaths attributable to climate change. Chase is funding fossil fuel exploration to the tune of a quarter trillion dollars.