Guest: Jeanine Silversmith, Executive Director, Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA)
Rhode Island has introduced the 2021 Climate Literacy Act. This local bill seeks to ensure that the state's public school students become environmentally and climate literate by the time they graduate from twelfth grade. We discuss the Rhode Island bill, what it entails and the legislative process itself. The episode begins with a story walk that suggests ways to infuse effective environmental education into the learning plans for all grade levels, K-12.
Story Walking photo blog: School-based Nature Trail
Guest: Martina Haggerty, Special Projects Director at the City of Providence Department of Planning and Development
The City of Providence’s Great Streets initiative is an established framework for public-space improvements developed to ensure that every street safely supports active transportation. The CDC defines active transportation as “any self-propelled, human-powered mode of transportation, such as walking or bicycling.” The episode begins with a walk along the river in Providence.
Guest: Melissa Guillet, Founder of 15 Minute Field Trips
Nature is a boundless source of inspiration for art, and this art can magnify the beauty, wonder and creative genius of Nature. Displayed in public places, nature-inspired art can help engage people in issues they may otherwise overlook, ignore, or neglect. This episode begins with a walk through an ocean side park, where environmental artwork is on display.
Story walking photo blog: Beavertail Art
Guest: Mary Gannon, Wildlife Outreach Coordinator for the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Combining education, communication and policy, outreach engages the general public in the world of science to increase understanding of specific issues, which can lead to more informed choices. This episode begins with a collection of story walking tales involving white-tailed deer.
Story walking photo blog: EcoDetectives Look Out for Deer
Guests: Lizzy Elsner and Sethu Odayappan, Co-founders of Tree-Plenish
Tree planting is a natural solution to mitigating climate change. Schools consume a lot of paper. Tree-Plenish is a national student-led movement to plant trees, with the goal of replenishing resources to match the amount of paper used. This episode begins with a walk through a city school neighborhood, observing the beginnings of urban revitalization and exploring the many benefits derived from the planting of trees.
Story walking photo blog: EcoDetectives on the Urban Trail
11-02-20 Environmental Action During the Pandemic: How to Maintain Momentum
Guests: Eric Magers, Sara Spellman, Ashley Desrosiers, Seaside Sustainability
Well-accustomed to virtual programming, Seaside Sustainability has maintained its unique internship program, which engages hundreds of high school and college students around the world in meaningful hands-on study, giving them the experiential training required to become future leaders in the stewardship of our planet. This episode's story walk goes along the docks and shores of West Falmouth Harbor to learn about how oysters help mitigate ocean pollution.
Story walking photo blog: Dock Walk
Guest, Ann Porto, Psy. D., Volunteer, Funeral Consumers Alliance
With people becoming more environmentally and economically conscious in their everyday life purchasing decisions, there is a growing interest in greener end-of-life decisions, such as home vigils and green burials. By its purest definition, green burial is the interment of the body of a dead person directly in the soil, in a manner that allows the body to be naturally recycled. This episode begins with a cemetery story walk.
Story walking photo blog: Cemetery Story Walk
09-07-2020 Virtual Environmental Learning
Guest Lauren Parmelee, Director of Environmental Education, Audubon Society of RI
In adapting to COVID-19 restrictions, environmental education providers have become more innovative and tech savvy in the delivery of programs. This episode shares the story of a birdwalk along a board walk and offers ideas and resources for best practices in EE.
Story walking photo blog: EcoDetectives in the Wetlands
08-03-20 What is Geoengineering?
Guests Rachael McIntosh and Susan Clarke
Geoengineering is the intentional manipulation of the environment, that effect changes to Earth’s atmosphere and/or surface. No laws govern geoengineering, and our guests have been working to introduce The Geoengineering Act of 2020.
Story Walking photo blog: EcoDetectiive Among the Trees
Guest Amy DuFault, Sustainable Fashion Journalist & Organizer, SENE Fibershed
How deeply do people consider the environmental impact of their clothing purchases? Eco-conscious fashion change makers are working to solve the environmental problems created by the “fast fashion” approach that has dominated the clothing industry for the past 50 years. This episode begins with a walk to the former site of the Greenwich Bleachery, an Industrial Era textile mill.
Story Walk photo blog: EcoDetective at Bleachery Falls
06-01-20 Shopping the Online Farmers’ Market
Guests Patrick Straus and Brandon Monti, Co-founders of Freshconn
While COVID-19 has highlighted weaknesses and inequities in America’s supermarket supply system, FreshConn, is a new enterprise that combines local farm fresh ordering, home delivery, nutrition education and food rescue and relief for the less fortunate.
Story Walk photo blog: DeTECHtive Work
05-04-20 Wild Weed Wisdom
Guest: Katrina Blair, Founder, Turtle Lake Refuge; Author, Wisdom of the Wild Weeds
Wild plants are an abundant and unrealized source of nutrition and sustenance that can provide food insecurity. Many common weeds can be cultivated to nourish our bodies and enrich our soils. Various roots, shoots, leaves, flowers and seeds can be prepared as foods in a vast number of ways that are flavorful and rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and an untold number of beneficial phytonutrients.
Story Walk photo blog: EcoDetectives in the Weeds
Guests: Donna Kaehler, Director for Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful, and James Toomey, Director of Marketing, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
As Earth Day goes digital in response to the current pandemic, we’ll be talking about impactful actions we can take to help the Earth, despite the social isolation impressed upon us.
Story Walk photo blog: EcoDetectives on the Trail
Guest: Jayne Merner Senecal, Owner of Earth Care Farm
When we compost our food waste instead of dumping it into a landfill, we help build a system that pulls carbon out of the atmosphere and returns it to the earth where it can nurture life. This episode features a story walk through Earth Care Farm, the first and largest composting operation in Rhode Island. Story Walk photo blog: EcoDetectives Dig Up Some Dirt
02-03-20 The Amazing World of Solar Energy
Guests: Dana Goodman, Solar Consultant, NEC Solar, and Tom Seiter, Homeowner
Solar energy is limitless, clean and surprisingly affordable. This episode will investigate the many ways in which sunlight sustains and energizes our world,
01-06-20 What is Environmental Literacy?
Guest: Rachel Holbert, President of RIEEA
The Campaign for Environmental Literacy defines environmental literacy (EL) as “a broad understanding of how people and societies relate to each other and to natural systems, and how they might do so sustainably.”
Story Walk photo blog: EcoDetective on the Marsh
Guests: Leigh Vincola, Manager at Farm Fresh Rhode Island, and Susan Murray, Market Manager and Farmer at Coastal Foodshed
How do local food systems support sustainability and preserve the environment? The majority of produce sold in New England super markets is shipped all the way from California, and that requires a lot of fossil fuel for transport. The region has established a bold plan to produce 50 percent of its food by the year 2060.
Story Walk photo blog: EcoShopper at the Farmers Market
Guest: Bob Houghtaling, Director of the Eastern States Youth to Youth Conference
How does tobacco use effect on our environment, our health, our society and our young people? While cigarette smoking has come down, vaping use has risen dramatically, with serious repercussions.
Story Walk photo blog: EcoDetective at the Harborside
10-07-19 Voyaging into an Ocean of Plastic
Guest: Captain Breezy Grenier, Founder, Eco-Elders and Scientists are Super Heroes
How is plastic litter effecting ocean waters and marine life? Plastic bottles and bags, drinking straws, cigarette butts and microplastics get carried down storm drains or down rivers and out into the ocean. We will begin with a story walk through Scalloptown Park and along the shore of Goddard Memorial State Park.
Guest: Bonnie Combs, Marketing Director, Blackstone Heritage Corridor
Clean water is one of our most important resources. It sustains our lives, our health, our economy and our natural environment. How did our rivers and oceans become so polluted with trash, chemicals and bacteria, and what are we doing about it?
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