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Steve Ahlquist is an award-winning journalist, writer, artist and founding member of the Humanists of Rhode Island, a non-profit group dedicated to reason, compassion, optimism, courage and action. The views expressed are his own and not necessarily those of any organization of which he is a member.

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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

2 responses to “Environment Council of Rhode Island outlines legislative priorities”

  1. salgal

    Can you imagine the state of our world if we had no climate justice activists, no environmentalists, no advocacy groups like the Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society, Save the Bay?

    No groups like the FANG Collective, Fossil Free RI, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion (BASE), Keep RI Beautiful, Burrillville Land Trust, and NoLNGinPVD, that challenge the harmful status quo and environmental degradation that comes from worshiping corporate culture over the sustainability of our natural world?

    Can you imagine if we didn’t have legal warriors like the Conservation Law Foundation and the ACLU to reject the profound bullshit that must be navigated to ensure we leave a world that can sustain future generations?

    I am grateful to all for the love and honor you exhibit daily in the shared campaign to champion the boundless gifts Mother Earth bestows with no holding back.

    Note: Apologies and thanks to any and all groups I didn’t note here.

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  2. salgal

    Driving to the grocery store in a flu-addled state this afternoon I realized I left out two highly obvious sources of environmental champions in my earlier list: RI Future and ecoRI. These two blogs cover the vast landscape of environmental news here in RI with great thoughtfulness, thoroughness and attention to analysis and honed critical thinking. And frequently a much needed sense of humor. THANKS for your tireless reportage!!!

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