JAMESTOWN, R.I. — James Lazell was born in New York City and grew up in suburban Philadelphia, but Rhode Island, specifically Conanicut Island, has served has his summer and fall base for decades.
PROVIDENCE — Gardening, photography and cooking may not initially seem like similar interests, but for city resident Stewart Martin, the topics captivate him for the same reason: they all exist at the intersection of science and art.
PROVIDENCE — Lou Perrotti describes his responsibilities at the Roger Williams Park Zoo as such: “My job is to utilize the zoo’s resources, staffing, space and means to protect wildlife habitat.”
Paul Roselli has spent much of the past three months traveling Rhode Island speaking with anyone who is willing to listen. His one-man barnstorming tour, though, isn’t meant to entertain. It’s about sharing information regarding the controversial plan to build a fossil-fuel power plant in the woods of northern Rhode Island.
The 34-year-old teacher, farmer, mother, self-described “spiritual activist” and storyteller masterfully weaves the threads of these intersecting issues together at Soul Fire Farm.
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Two Rhode Islanders will be recognized Nov. 4 for outstanding achievements in environmental scholarship and education. Steven Reinert of Barrington and the late Jon C. Boothroyd, formerly of Wakefield, will receive Rhode Island Distinguished Naturalist awards from the Rhode Island Natural History Survey.
MATTAPOISETT, Mass. — Horace Field has lived only meters from Brandt Island Cove for nearly two decades. The water’s edge is connected to Field’s backyard by a short, grassy path.
Margaret Miner stood in front of a mountain of gravel next to the Mossup River in eastern Connecticut. We approached the edge of the hard-hat area and peered up at a big, yellow excavator using its mechanical arm to shift mounds of sand around the sprawling industrial site.
BRISTOL, R.I. — It wouldn’t be surprising if you’ve never heard of the Pokanoket tribe. Unfortunate, yes, but not surprising. The story of the Pokanokets, who claimed a large territory reaching from Cape Cod and the Islands to southern Vermont, was swallowed over time and eventually lumped together with the Wampanoag Nation.
PROVIDENCE — Erin Umstead and Danny Kirschner make their own toothpaste. The couple also avoids buying products with lots of plastic packaging, eats vegetarian meals, keeps a compost bin in the backyard and recently nurtured a sourdough starter to life in the refrigerator.
Not far from the building where she teaches environmental studies and geology at Mount Holyoke College, Lauret Savoy once had these three hurtful words yelled at her as she attempted to cross a busy crosswalk: “Nigger, go home.”
When he landed in Rhode Island, in 2007, Omar Bah didn’t know a soul. Not surprising, since he didn’t know anyone anywhere in the entire United States. He hadn’t even heard of Providence or Rhode Island until the day before he arrived.
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The Ocean State has a distinguished environmental activist in its midst. Tim DeChristopher achieved renown in 2008, when, as an act of civil disobedience, he disrupted a federal land auction. He bid up swaths of iconic Utah landscape to keep huge parcels of unspoiled public property from oil and gas drillers.