EcoTalk is an environmental and climate justice podcast co-produced by Communities of Hope and EcoRI News. Hosted by Jack Aviles and Sam Elwell, EcoTalk is a discussion of Southern New England’s economy, ecology, and ecosystems. Each episode covers a different topic relating to environmental justice, sustainability, biology, and more.

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episode 3: Biden & Brayton Point 

In this episode, we highlight president Biden’s trip to Brayton Point in Massachusetts on July 20th, 2022. A former coal-fired power plant, Brayton Point caused major air and water pollution for over fifty years. Environmental activists spoke up to have it done away with and it is now in the process of becoming a wind energy plant. 

ecotalk e3: biden & brayton point
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episode 2: Growing with Barrington Farm School

In this episode, we highlight the work of the Barrington Farm School and its volunteers. The farm is within walking distance of five schools and grows food for the community while providing a hands-on learning opportunity for children and adults.

EcoTalk E2: Barrington Farm School
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episode 1: Eco Justice for All

In our premier episode, we plan to highlight a few pressing environmental issues that affect the neighborhood of Washington Park in Providence. Air and water pollution, the struggle for clean and renewable energy, climate heating and sea level rise, and solid waste removal all cause problems for the environment in Providence. Residents are also faced with potential health concerns - some of which they are unaware of, because the issues are not covered by local mainstream media. This research was conducted by a team of student journalists at Roger Williams University in the fall of 2021. 

EcoTalk E1: Eco Justice For All
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EcoRi: Justice For All


Check out our partners' work on environmental justice on the brand new series "Eco Justice for All".

If the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of environmental justice is the gold standard, Rhode Island is trading in penny stocks. Only now is environmental justice being taken seriously enough at least to have bills written that define it, governmental reports that mention it, and policy enacted to address it. But moving the term further from paper to practice will take an even greater struggle.