Climate Justice Work 

Stepping into our climate justice work 350 Maine continues to work with Jella Tatil, our Climate Justice Fellow, this summer. Jella will enrich their long-term outreach and relationship building, intentionally broadening both MYCJ’s and 350 Maine’s engagement of, and work with, diverse communities. Our goal is to create a welcoming space for folks from a variety of backgrounds and identities to connect.
The Climate Justice Fellow will help staff lay the groundwork to design a new member support system and orientation for our organization. We will be adding a New Member Support Working Group to our infrastructure. This will become a welcome and onboarding protocol for our new members.
Let us know if you are interested in joining this working group: info@350maine.org

CALLS TO ACTION! 

Volunteer to collect signatures to get the COU on the ballot!

The Legislature failed to override Governor Mills' veto of L.D. 1708, "An Act to Create the Pine Tree Power Company." This marks a final shift away from the effort in the legislature with a focus now to a push to get a consumer-owned utility on the ballot in November 2022 which will require collecting over 60,000 signatures!

You can sign up here to volunteer with Our Power and they will get you details and instructions in the fall! Thank you for your activism!

Take Action to Stop Line 3! 

The fight to Stop Line 3 continues. Indigenous water protectors and allies continue to block construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota, and more arrests of activists have been made. Check out Resist Line 3, MN350, Honor the Earth, and Giniw Collective to learn more, get involved, and donate to the frontlines. 

350 Maine has made a donation to the Indigenous Environmental Network in support of the activists arrested for protesting Line 3.

Support Tribal Sovereignty in Maine! 

The Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980 established a different, more restrictive status for the Wabanaki tribes in Maine than that of all 570 other federally-recognized tribes in the United States. A bipartisan task force recommended 22 changes to the Act to restore the tribes’ inherent rights, including the tribes’ right to regulate hunting, fishing, natural resources, and land use on tribal lands, as allowed by federal law. LD 1626, an act to recognize tribal sovereignty, was carried over to the next legislative session. 350 Maine is part of a large coalition working to keep the momentum of support building for this bill. Please show your support by donating to the Wabanaki Alliance.

Donate to the Wabanaki Alliance

350 Maine News

Maine Youth for Climate Justice Fall Internship
Maine Youth for Climate Justice (MYCJ) is hiring a youth fall intern who will provide support to the coalition’s internal and organizational work! If interested, the intern will also have the opportunity to assist with community organizing projects and tasks. The intern will work closely with 350 Maine’s Youth Engagement Coordinator and MYCJ’s decision making body, Core. This position is stipended at $15 per hour and will be done remotely. Both students, and youth who are not students, are encouraged to apply. Check out the full internship description here! The application includes this google form and uploading a resume, short audio recording, or video describing any background or experience the applicant would like to highlight. Applications are due by 11:59pm on Wednesday August 25th. Please share with any youth who might be interested!

Upcoming Events

350 Maine Statewide Meetings
NOTE that we will be taking a break over July and August and there we will not hold Statewide meetings. We will reconvene in the fall!
350 Midcoast Meeting
Saturday, July 24th, 3pm 

In person meeting: Friend's Meetinghouse, Damariscotta

At this meeting we will be writing letters to Maine's delegates whose votes are critical for the passage of Green Banks on the federal and state level. Come join us to learn more about the Green Bank and write letters to our elected representatives. They will be voting on legislation any day, so time is of the essence! 

Join us at the Meetinghouse, 77 Belvedere Rd, Damariscotta. Please bring a chair if you have one, and anything you need to be comfortable during the meeting outside. Contact Noel at 603-292-5667 with questions. 

350 Downeast Meeting
Sunday, September 19th,1-2pm 
Live in the downeast area and interested in getting involved with 350 Maine? 350 Downeast will not be meeting in August, but you can join the next virtual 350 Downeast meeting in September to learn about what the group is working on! Contact Mark Brown for link: dr.maineblackfly@gmail.com
Yard Sign Painting with ARRT! and the Pine Tree Amendment 
Sunday, July 25th, 1-3pm

The legislative session is over until January when our tabled bill LD 489 will come before the House and Senate for a 2/3 vote to move it on towards a November 2022 ballot.

The PTA gang has teamed up with the Artists Rapid Response Team (ARRT!) to create beautiful yard signs to reflect the amendment's goals for clean air, clean water and healthy ecosystems for all people in Maine, including future generations. The first Art Build will be this Sunday, July 25 at the Blue Hill library from 1-3 pm. A teach-in on a proposed mine for Pembroke, Maine will follow this event. Learn more here.

Mining in Maine?: A Teach-In with Lucy Lippard
Sunday, July 25th, 3-4pm

The Pembroke Clean Water Committee (PCWC) has organized a TEACH-IN to build public awareness and grow solidarity in opposition to metallic mining in Maine.The PCWC formed late in 2020 as reports began to surface that Wolfden Resources had signed a lease on land in Pembroke, Maine, just two miles upstream from Cobscook Bay. Wolfden’s proposal to build a mine poses a threat to this sensitive and essential body of water. 

Come on out and learn about this important issue and what you can do to participate in protecting our clean water, health, economy, environment and the future of Washington County! This event is free and open to the public. You can find more info here and on the PCWC website.

Understanding the Wildlife and Marine Impacts of Offshore Wind
Friday, July 30th, 1-2pm

Offshore wind energy is rapidly becoming a near-term climate solution throughout the northeast. However, this has generated concerns about how wind energy will affect wildlife and the marine ecosystem. Join Dr. Damian Brady, Agatha B. Darling Associate Professor of Oceanography at the University of Maine at Orono, to learn about how scientists at the University of Maine are and will be researching the impacts of offshore wind on wildlife and the marine ecosystem. Hosted by Maine Conservation Voters. Register here.

Maine Climate News

Did you hear? 

  • Maine’s new precedent-setting fossil-fuel divestment bill, LD 99, is still making headlines! Check out this article to hear from some of the youth voices behind the bill, including members of Maine Youth for Climate Justice!
  • Maine continues to make national press around environmental issues, now with the passage of LD 1541, focused on extended producer responsibility and municipal recycling programs. Check out this article in the Washington Post.
  • The Maine Legislature had passed LD 1708, to create a consumer-owned utility in Maine, but after a veto from Gov Mills, the bill failed to receive enough votes to override the veto. The Our Power Coalition will now focus on collecting signatures to bring the consumer-owned utility to the ballot in November 2022. You can read more about it in this article from the Beacon and read Gov. Mills’ statement on the veto.
  • In South Portland, residents and activists have been fighting fossil fuel companies to keep the air clean in their neighborhoods. Recently the city won a lawsuit preventing a pipeline company from bringing crude oil from Canada to Maine and upholding the city’s Clear Skies Ordinance. You can also check out this article in the Boston Globe covering the concerns around the oil tank emissions in South Portland.
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