After many weeks of rain dates we are finally looking at some great weather for this weekend! Check out our Westerly Recreation sponsored clean up on Saturday the 27th as well as our Earth Day Downtown Cleanup on the 28th!!!

Updated: May 2, 2019

Humans for the Future is hosting a poetry contest where Rhode Island public-school

students (grades 1-12) may submit poems with a chance win a $500 scholarship and

an opportunity to have their poem published in a book. The book will future the chosen

poems in a beautiful book with art from local Rhode Island artists. At least one poem will be chosen from each grade to be published in “Children of the Ocean”. A poetry book that will represent the creativity of the ocean state.

This is a free contest. No entry fee is required. The Contest dates are February 1st to

May 15th . At the conclusion of the contest, our editorial staff and board of directors will

convene and begins the process of judging. We read every single poem, sometimes

even two or three times. It takes approximately 4–6 weeks to produce the final results.

All winners will receive notification through their school and/or a letter. The first-place

winner/winners will be contacted by their school to receive information regarding the

scholarship. As soon as the contest is complete publication of the book will begin.

Contest rules

 Poetry can be written in any poetic style and on any subject.

 A poem in its entirety must be an original work by the person entering the

contest. (Plagiarism is a serious offense with serious consequences.)

 Only one poem per person is allowed.

 All poems must be written in English.

 Contest entries must not exceed one page (size 12 font single spaced) Any

submission that exceeds these limits will be automatically disqualified.

 Do not double-space.

 Do not use “texting” lingo. Properly spell out all words and numbers.

 Poems containing language that is vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate will not be


 To ensure proper delineation, please use the “Enter” key to start a new line,

indicating all intentional line breaks.

 Do not include your name or any other information at the end of your poem.

All Poems submitted to:


Humans for the Future is a dedicated, Rhode Island based nonprofit, that works towards

preserving our future through conservation and education efforts. Humans for the

Future works on multiple matters that threaten the future of our flourishing communities.

Humans for the Future organizes coastal cleanups and coastal town fundraisers. At our

clean-ups our goal is to make each one extremely environmentally friendly. We do this

by using 5-gallon buckets instead of bags, gardening gloves instead of latex gloves and

we recycle as much as possible. To help improve education throughout Rhode Island,

Humans for the Future is publishing a poem book with poems from local school

students. The funds raised from this book will be used to improve public education and

improve our beach clean-up programs. Humans for the Future will continue to adapt

and be innovative to discover solutions to make the future better and brighter.

Ocean Pollution Facts

 Plastics are the most common form of trash found in the ocean today. Plastic in

extremely is harmful to the environment, as it does not degrade easily and is

often mistaken as food by marine animals.

 According to a study done by the University of Georgia, 18 billion pounds of

plastic trash winds up in our oceans each year.

 The 5 most common items found in coastal cleanups around the world are all

single-use plastics. They are: plastic cigarette butts, food wrappers, plastic

beverage bottles, plastic bottle caps, and plastic straws and drink stirrers.

 More than 50 percent of sea turtles have consumed plastic.

 Ocean pollution kills more than one million sea birds each year.

 The plastic debris that reaches the ocean is capable of absorbing the toxic

chemicals polluting the water. The sea life that consumes the plastic is then

poisoned. Because plastic never completely disappears and breaks down into

smaller pieces, it is often seen as food to marine life.

The Solution

In 2018, Humans for the Future removed hundreds of pounds from our coastline

through our beach clean programs. We documented many different types of debris that

littered our beaches and found cigarette butts were the most abundant. For the 2019

beach season, Humans for the Future donated new cigarette receptacles and proper

designated smoking area signs to our local beaches. We plan to expand our beach

clean-up program, taking on more polluted areas along Rhode Island’s Coastline.


On Saturday, July 28 th ,2018, Humans for the Future teamed up with NAMEPA and Westerly

Town Beach for our first Coastal clean-up.

Before the clean-up Humans for the Future participated in the community outreach campaign,

Green the Beach. We helped educate beach goers on the dangers of coastal debris and

encouraged everyone to accelerate the transition away from harmful single use plastics.

With the help of our dedicated volunteers we picked up over 80lbs of garbage. The most

abundant item was cigarette butts.


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