Summer is coming! 

As committee work wraps up in the statehouse, we are in the final stretch of contacting our legislators in support of our priority legislation. Be sure to take some time this week to make your voice heard. You can check out our calls to action below! 

With warmer weather and vaccines we are hoping to get back to some safe in-person organizing and actions. Be sure to check out the upcoming events and get ready to break your signs out again!

CALLS TO ACTION! 

Contact your legislators TODAY asking for their support of the consumer-owned utility, LD 1708 "An Act to Create the Pine Tree Power Company”!

 

Yesterday, the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee held a work session for LD 1708. At the end of the work session, a strong majority of Committee members voted to pass the bill. The final committee vote was 9 in favor as amended, 2 against, and 2 absent.  Check out the recording here!

Also, a new poll by Survey USA shows that 75% of registered Maine voters support replacing CMP and Versant with the consumer-owned, nonprofit Pine Tree Power Company! See it here!

Take action TODAY by sending a letter to your legislators asking for their support of the consumer-owned utility!

For more information about Our Power and to join this effort, please check out their website.

The No Toxic Tanks Coalition (350 Maine is a member) is asking you to contact your legislators and urge them to vote in support of LD 163, An Act To Revise Maine's Environmental Laws!

LD 163 would:

1.  Require oil tank storage facilities to do actual testing of tank emissions twice a year on heated tanks.

2.  Require fenceline monitoring on the perimeter of oil tank farm facilities to measure the hazardous air pollutant emissions that are going beyond the facility into the surrounding community.


Why It's Important:

*Two of the tank companies were found by the EPA to be in violation of their permits by over two times the permitted amounts of emissions for many years.

*None of the tank farm facilities are currently required to do actual testing.

*In South Portland, tank facilities are located in densely populated neighborhoods with homes, schools, and daycares nearby.

*The chemicals in the emissions are known to cause cancer, respiratory illnesses, neurological problems.

 

Please send an email to your local Maine State Legislators asking them to vote in support of LD 163. You can find your legislators here.

350 Maine News

350 Midcoast RETREAT - Saturday, June 5th, 3pm

Come together to hear about the many accomplishments of the past year, including progress across the nation and here in Maine, and learn about some local campaigns that need our support.

Where: Midcoast Friends Meetinghouse, 77 Belvedere Road Nobleboro.
On the lawn and porch!

What to bring: A chair or blanket to sit on, bug spray or sunscreen, water, etc...

Who: Anyone who cares about joining to protect the Planet. Bring a friend!

For more info: call Noel Jost-Coq 603-292-5667

Climate Justice Book Group next Discussion - Monday, June 7th, 6:30pm 

Just a reminder to our Climate Justice reading group that our next meeting to discuss Layla Saad's Me and White Supremacy, will be next Monday! These discussions are facilitated by 350 Midcoast Maine volunteer Gabe Burford. 

350 Maine Statewide Call - Thursday, June 10th, 6:30-8pm
Join us next week for our virtual statewide call! All are welcome! 

Register Here

Maine Youth for Climate Justice Member Support Fellowship  

Maine Youth for Climate Justice (MYCJ) is seeking a youth fellow who will provide organizing support to the coalition’s Outreach, New Member Support, and High School Support Working Groups from July - December 2021 (with possibility for extension depending on funding). Applications are due by 11:59pm on Wednesday June 23rd. 

Please share with young folks in your networks! 

Upcoming Events

Don't Compromise on Our Future
Tomorrow, Thursday, June 3rd, 12pm

Tomorrow, Thursday June 3rd at 12pm our Renew Maine partner, the Maine People’s Alliance, is organizing an in person action to push Congressman Golden on the federal climate justice agenda in Bangor. There will be a march and delivery of messages in support of the THRIVE Act to Congressman Golden's office.

President Biden and Congress are actively debating how to deliver a jobs and infrastructure plan. The American Jobs Plan and American Family Plan are a good start. But, in this moment of overlapping crises, we need Congress and Biden to think bigger and be bolder by supporting the priorities of the THRIVE Act. Grassroots pressure is more important now than ever in this fight.
Check out the event on Facebook and you can register for the event here!

Maine Climate Education Summit
Starting Monday, June 7th, 3pm
Maine Environmental Education Association is organizing the first statewide Climate Education Summit! On the leading edge of aligning state climate education with upcoming national guidelines, MEEA, our Changemakers Network, JustME for JustUS, the Nature Based Education Consortium, and Maine Climate Action Now, identified the need for a convening event where organizations working on intersectional climate and climate justice education can learn about the work of one another, build a shared vision about climate education and literacy in Maine, and start to identify strategies that will support the advancement of critical climate and climate justice education statewide. The summit will take place across the month of June. Register here!
All Hands on Deck Rally
Tuesday, June 8, 12:30pm 
On June 8th at the Statehouse, our Renew Maine partner, the Maine People’s Alliance, is organizing a socially distanced rally at the capitol, calling on the legislature to invest in communities and fund essential needs like the big, bold energy-efficient affordable housing bill LD 1656. You can check out the event on Facebook.
Indigenous Knowledge & Western Science: Collaboration, Relationship, and Climate Solutions 
Wednesday, June 16th, 12:30-2:30pm
The Global Council for Science and the Environment & The Land Peace Foundation invites you to join the final session for the online learning series: "Indigenous Knowledge & Western Science: Collaboration, Relationship, and Climate Solutions" Online Learning Series. The final session will focus on ‘Synthesis and Practical Next Steps’. Learn more and register here!

Maine Climate News

Did you hear? 

  • LD 1708, the bill to create a consumer owned utility, passed out of committee yesterday with bipartisan support.
  • Late last month, the long public hearing with the Energy, Utilities, and Technology committee for LD 1708, made clear the strong support for a consumer-owned utility. You can read about the hearing in this article from The Beacon which features Maine Youth for Climate Justice member Emily Rochford!
  • Maine Youth for Climate Justice member Ania Wright was featured in an article in The Beacon about climate legislation in Maine.
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