RISD's hope-less situation

By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 12, 2009

A couple of quick enviro notes: Former Miss Rhode Island USA 2008, Amy Diaz, has been named Miss Earth United States 2009. She will represent the United States at the international Miss Earth Pageant on November 8 in the Philippines. In the meantime, she is devoting her year to educating, advocating, and promoting environmental issues and concerns, with a focus on the effects of global warming. P+J have met Ms. Diaz and know her to be up on green issues and their causes and consequences, and wish her well. For a state with a history of full-throated support for the environment, it is an apt choice.

P+J also found time to escort members of the Zanzibar Women's Pearl Shellcraft Cooperative to a Pawtucket Red Sox game on August 3. These men and women are being hosted by URI's Coastal Resources Center (full disclosure: P. works there, but tough noogies) for six weeks; during their stay, they will be learning about the aquaculture and jewelry-making and -marketing from our own highly-skilled local pros. For folks whose average annual income used to be $100 a year, and most of whom are making their first trip out of Zanzibar, an island off the coast in the Indian Ocean and part of Tanzania, coming to the Ocean State is literally quite a trip. The PawSox management were, as always, more than generous hosts, although in their welcoming tribute to the group on the scoreboard in center field, we thought it best we not mention their sister project, lest it be misconstrued: It's on Mafia Island.

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