Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

On Monday, April 23, at 10 am, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Clean Ocean Access, and local environmental advocates will mark Earth Day with a call to end the plastic pollution filling the oceans, washing up on the shoreline, clogging nets of Rhode Island fishermen, and starving wildlife.

A 2016 report by the World Economic Forum determined that there will be more plastic by weight than fish in the oceans by 2050 unless nations across the world take action.  Whitehouse’s bipartisan bill to clean up and prevent marine debris, the Save Our Seas Act, was approved by unanimous consent in the Senate last summer.

Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, has declared “End Plastic Pollution” as the theme of this year’s celebration.

A Facebook Event created by Clean Ocean Access for the event states;

Clean Ocean Access hosts U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and the Director of the RI Department of Environmental Management, Janet Coit, this Monday, April 23rd to discuss plastic pollution, the importance of Narraganset Bay, and the Senator’s work at the federal level to take steps to end plastic pollution.

Clean Ocean Access respectfully requests that attendees refrain from bringing single-use plastic and foam items on the premises.

Clean Ocean Access respectfully requests that attendees refrain from bringing single-use plastic and foam items on the premises.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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