The Bigelow Project & Gulf of Maine ECOARTS 

350 Maine member Anna Dibble has led The Bigelow Project for Gulf of Maine ECOARTS over the last three years. It all started with a wild idea she conceived at the 350 Maine Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice Codfish Funeral rally in 2018. Check out this short video of the project’s inception


Anna Dibble sourcing materials for the kelp sculpture.

The Bigelow Project is a multi-year collaborative of professional artists, students, educators and scientists who have created an interdisciplinary, intergenerational public exhibition focusing on changes in the Gulf of Maine due to climate change and other human impact. Several core 350 Maine members are involved! The exhibit’s main feature is a large-scale hanging sculpture installation that will portray a symbolic lifting above the ocean surface of the hidden Gulf of Maine ecosystem: The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99% of all the world’s oceans, and the negative changes in biodiversity are affecting every life-form from the bottom of the food chain to the fisher-people and other humans at the top.

The installation will include a Maine sculptor’s interpretation of a life-size North Atlantic Right whale, and a selection of other marine denizens that are part of the biodiversity-crisis story including plankton, kelp, and migrant shorebirds. 

Gulf of Maine ECOARTS Mission: Through the process of art making and science education Gulf of Maine ECOARTS promotes awareness, stewardship and interaction addressing the environmentally challenged ecosystem in the Gulf of Maine. We are building an alliance of humans and our animal and plant neighbors in the Gulf by working to reconnect the public with the natural world. We’re dedicated to the idea that collaborative work based on the fusion of Art and Science creates an especially meaningful and powerful project outcome.

You can check out more about the Gulf of Maine ECOARTS, The Bigelow Project, and this recent webinar about the crossroads of art and science.

CALLS TO ACTION! 

Reconciliation Package - Red Alert! 

Call or write Senators King & Collins and Representatives Pingree & Golden: Tell them to support a bold reconciliation package! We are demanding full funding for climate action, including EV infrastructure, in the budget reconciliation bill! You can check out the full call to action here.
Volunteer to collect signatures for Our Power! 

Our Power is hosting a second volunteer training next Wednesday, September 22nd at 5:30 pm via Zoom. This will be a great opportunity to learn about the campaign's progress, how you actually go about collecting signatures, and will also be an opportunity to get to the group fighting for a consumer-owned utility. We're asking that all volunteers attend this training before collecting signatures. RSVP for the training here!

Take Action to Stop Line 3! 

With pressure from the UN, members of Congress, and our grassroots climate movement, we can continue to support the resistance on the ground and build our pressure on Biden to #StopLine3.

Call the White House: Demand that Joe Biden’s Administration revoke the Line 3 permit immediately. Click here for a sample script and the number to call.

Write to Joe Biden: Click here to fill in your contact information and write a message in your words about why you want Biden to take action to stop the Line 3 tar sands pipeline.

Actions continue to take place on the frontlines to stop Line 3. Please follow, donate, and support frontline Indigenous Water Protectors: Giniw Collective RISE Coalition Honor the Earth Red Lake Treaty Camp Indigenous Environmental Network Camp Migizi 

You can learn more about Line 3 here.

350 Maine News

We’re Hiring: Grassroots Engagement Coordinator 
350 Maine is seeking a Grassroots Engagement Coordinator to coordinate 350 Maine’s grassroots engagement efforts and develop recruitment and support systems for new members as we look to broaden our profile and thus the scope of activism we can engage. This work would be in collaboration with that of our Climate Justice Fellow who is developing on-going relationships with groups and organizations in diverse Maine communities. Applications are due October 10th! You can learn more and apply here. Please share with your networks!

How You Can Take Action with 350 Maine!
350 Maine is a grassroots movement dedicated to fighting for climate justice. We grow our power collectively to find real and lasting solutions, to end our dependence on fossil fuels, and to build a healthy, sustainable life for people and the planet. This is our mission. To fight this fight we need your activism! Check out this document to learn more about the working groups and teams you can join. There is a place for everyone in the climate movement!

Upcoming Events

350 Maine Statewide Meeting
Thursday, October 14th, 6:30pm

Mark your calendars and be sure to join us for our statewide meeting next month! All are welcome to this informal virtual call to galvanize our action and have a discussion. Please register in advance. 

Register Here
350 Downeast Meeting
Sunday, September 19th,1-2pm 
Live in the downeast area and interested in getting involved with 350 Maine? You can join the next virtual 350 Downeast meeting this month to learn about what the group is working on! Contact Mark Brown for link: dr.maineblackfly@gmail.com
350 Midcoast Meeting
Live in the midcoast area and interested in getting involved? Contact Noel for more info: noeljcoq@gmail.com.
Combatting Climate Disinformation on Social Media
Wednesday, September 22rd, 9-11am
Mis- and disinformation on climate change and clean energy solutions is widely spread on various social media platforms, and often becomes acute during extreme weather events, power outages, and around the releases of international climate assessments and negotiations. Join The Union of Concerned Scientists for this panel discussion of Mis-and disinformation on climate change and clean energy solutions: Combatting Climate Disinformation on Social Media.
Understanding Dawnland Today
Thursday, September 23rd, 6pm 
The League of Women Voters of Maine presents a series to promote a better understanding of the past and present of the Wabanaki indigenous people. The four-part series kicks off with a screening and discussion of the movie Dawnland and will dive into difficult truths about the colonization of Maine to help us become better allies of the Wabanaki tribes. Click here to see the schedule and RSVP.
Maine Climate Council Quarterly Meeting
Wednesday, September 29th, 9am 
Interested to learn what the Maine Climate Council has been up to? The next Maine Climate Council meeting will take place September 29th at 9:00a.m. Learn more about how to attend here.
Stop New England's Greenwashing of Mega Dam Hydropower! 
Wednesday, September 29th, 6:30-8pm
Did you know that part of Massachusetts’ renewable energy contracts include electricity generated from Canadian hydropower? This energy, sourced from megadams that violate Indigenous rights, destroy ecosystems, and release greenhouse gases, would be brought from Quebec through a transmission corridor running through Maine, that would cut through hundreds of miles of carbon-capturing forests and the ancestral territories of Indigenous communities. This corridor, commonly known as the CMP corridor or New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC), is not a climate justice solution and hydropower is not the clean energy that it has been marketed as. Learn more about this regional and international issue and what you can do as New England residents to take action and stand up for climate justice by attending this educational event with speakers from frontline communities. This webinar event will be co-hosted by 350 Maine, MYCJ, NAMRA, Sierra Club Maine. 
Register Here!
Save the Date! 
Indigenous People's Day

Monday, October 11th
350 Maine as part of the Tribal Sovereignty Coalition is on the Field Team to organize virtual events for this day. Stay tuned!
Dawnland Film Screening and Discussion
Monday, October 11th, 6-7:30pm
Dawnland is a documentary about the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Film makers Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip follow the TRC to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. The feature-length documentary will be available to view from October 7-11, 2021 prior to the scheduled panel discussion with Wabanaki REACH team members on October 11th (Indigenous People's Day).  Don't miss this unique opportunity to engage with a few of the women who created Wabanaki REACH and the historic Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Registration is required.
350 Network Training Series: "Skilling Up for Climate Action"
October 16th - December 18th
This 5-part series runs October 16 – December 18 and provides core climate activism skills, useful for anyone who’s new to the work, has not been trained, or just wants a refresher (they are going to be very similar to the series we held in Spring). All are presented by experienced 350 local group leaders and offer a chance to connect with climate activists across the country.  All of the materials (recordings, slides, resources) are available to your group to share and/or copy and modify for your own use. All trainings are free & open to all members of 350 groups + partners. You can learn more here and register here
Public Hearing: Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection and CMP and New England Clean Energy Connect Project
Tuesday, October 19th
The public is welcome to watch the morning Zoom session at 9am, and the public is invited to participate in the evening session beginning at 5:30pm. Members of the public wishing to testify about the licensing are asked to register to speak by contacting Ruth Ann Burke at Ruth.A.Burke@maine.gov by 5:00pm on October 12. Individuals who do not register to speak in advance will be allowed to testify, time permitting. Information on how to participate in or to watch the hearing via the Zoom platform will be made available on the Department’s web page.

Maine Climate News

Did you hear? 

  • A new Portland Initiative Aims To Reduce Carbon Footprint With Heat Pumps, Solar Panels, EV Chargers. Read more about it here
  • Maine counties are among the list of U.S. areas to be less impacted by climate change: check out the list and refresh your memory about how climate change is expected to impact our state on Maine Climate Council website.
  • Did you read the recent IPCC report? Wondering what it means for Maine? You can learn more about what the IPCC report means for Maine here.
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