Maine Youth for Climate Justice calls on Adult Allies to Vote Yes on Q1 to Reject the CMP Corridor 

350 Maine, as adult allies to MYCJ, wanted to uplift their perspective on Vote Yes on Q1. MYCJ endorses ‘Yes on 1’ as the CMP Corridor and New England Clean Energy Connect Project (NECEC) is not a climate justice solution!  In case you missed our webinar ‘Stop New England's Greenwashing of Mega Dam Hydropower,’ you can watch a recording of it here to hear from Indigenous voices and learn more about the impacts of the CMP Corridor beyond Maine’s borders. If you want to check out additional resources about this issue or learn more about ways to get involved you can do so on the MYCJ website here!

Have some questions about Q1? Check out this Q&A in the Sun Journal
“Q: Some people oppose the project because they are against ‘mega dams.’ What’s that about?
A: This is a complex topic. It’s largely centered on the environmental effects of impounding water behind giant dams.
Flooded forests release carbon dioxide and methane – two greenhouse gases – as they decompose. But Hydro-Quebec, which has developed 681 dams and 28 large reservoirs over decades, isn’t building any new dams or reservoirs for the NECEC project.
Another concern is highly poisonous methylmercury, which forms when bacteria reacts with naturally occurring mercury in plants and soil. It can accumulate in fish that are then eaten by people, presenting a health risk. Methylmercury has been studied for years in Canada, where millions of acres of forest have been flooded.
For its part, Hydro-Quebec says the impacts are temporary and can be managed by limiting fish consumption. But mercury is of great concern to indigenous communities that are located near the man-made lakes and in some instances were flooded to create them.
Native people also say they haven’t been adequately compensated for the loss of their lands. Fighting mega dams is a political and environmental justice issue in Canada that has spilled over into the United States and the NECEC battle. Incidentally, the pros and cons of mega dams are also being debated in places worldwide including Africa, Asia and Latin America.”


*Our friends at NRCM are hosting a webinar sharing the voices of Mainers from across the state on why they are voting Yes on Question 1 to stop the corridor. Join them TONIGHT at 6pm. You can register here! 

CALLS TO ACTION! 

Climate Day of Action in Lewiston and Bangor

On October 28th between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. join NRCM and their partners for this Climate Day of Action to show Congressman Golden that we need to act now on bold climate solutions!

Congressman Golden will play a crucial role over the next couple of weeks in determining the outcome of the most significant climate legislation ever seen in U.S history. The Build Back Better Act would provide critical funding for climate solutions, COVID recovery, economic stimulus, family and workforce support, and much more. To see these benefits in Maine, we have to make sure the Congressman supports this legislation.

Important votes are coming up at the end of the month, and we want Congressman Golden to know that his constituents are concerned about climate change and that we strongly support him voting for investments in clean energy solutions. Join us outside his Lewiston or Bangor office Thursday, October 28th. Then join in to meet other activists, sign our letter of support, add your photo to the photo board for his office, and express your support for investment in climate solutions to the Congressman’s office. If you are going to deliver comments to the office, please plan to wear a mask while inside!

Support the Wabanaki Alliance

Last week the Wabanaki Alliance held a virtual rally on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. You can watch a recording of the rally. Want to support the Wabanaki Alliance and the passage of LD 1626?

  • Call the Governor's Office to urge the Mills Administration to support LD 1626: (207) 287-2531 (Press 4 to leave your message)
  • Send the Governor's Office an email
  • Check-out the Wabanaki Alliance website with a new FAQ and Take Action page with shareable graphics and more
  • Follow the Wabanaki Alliance on Twitter and Instagram
Donate to the Wabanaki Alliance
Write a LTE in support of a consumer-owned utility for Maine  

Looking to support a switch to a consumer-owned utility in Maine? You can volunteer with Our Power to gather signatures! Sign up here

You can also check out the Our Power’s new LTE GuideNow is a great time for supporters to write a Letter to the Editor (LTE) about why you're volunteering in support of a consumer-owned utility. These letters help raise awareness around this crucial issue!

Take Action to Stop Line 3

Last week, thousands of Indigenous leaders and climate activists from around the country gathered in Washington, D.C. to call on the Biden administration to take action and stop Line 3 and other fossil fuel projects. During the week of action, water protectors delivered 1 million ‘stop line 3’ petitions to the US Army Corps of Engineers calling for an environmental impact statement and the shutdown of Line 3. 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. Interested in planning a solidarity action? Check out this guide! You can learn more about Line 3 here.

350 Maine News

Climate Crisis Book Group Starting!

Join 350 Downeast Lead, Mark Brown, in reading and discussing together the 2020 Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal by Noam Chomsky, the world’s leading public intellectual, and Robert Pollin, a renowned progressive economist. They map out the catastrophic consequences of unchecked climate change—and present a realistic blueprint for change: the Green New Deal.

Readings will be spread out over several weeks in November - December. Reply to info@350maine.org with your interest before Thursday, October 28th. (You must obtain your own copy of the book - discussions will be on Zoom).

Lee Chisholm: "Build Back Better for Climate" 
350 Maine's Lee Chisholm speaks at Congressman Jared Golden's office in Lewiston earlier this week, calling on Congressman Golden to support the Build Back Better plan and take action on climate.You can watch the video here.  Thank you to Martha Spiess for recording this event.

MYCJ Administrative and Communications Coordinator

350 Maine and Maine Youth for Climate Justice (MYCJ) are seeking an Administrative and Communications Coordinator to coordinate Maine Youth for Climate Justice’s administrative tasks and communication efforts to support this youth coalition’s work. Applications are due October 29th! You can learn more and apply here.
MYCJ and MCAN Advocacy and Organizing Coordinator

Maine Climate Action NOW! (MCAN) and Maine Youth for Climate Justice (MYCJ) are seeking an Advocacy and Organizing Coordinator to coordinate Maine Youth for Climate Justice’s (MYCJ) advocacy and organizing efforts in support of this youth coalition’s goals. Applications are due October 29th! You can learn more and apply here.
350 Maine forming a Young Adult Cohort

For those who are post college to early 40’s. 350 Maine is hoping to create spaces where people of similar identities can meet, be in community, and discuss how their identity intersects with the climate crisis. The Young Adult Cohort and its initiatives will be shaped by its members and their priorities!
Contact Cassie if you are interested in getting involved:  cassie@350maine.org

Upcoming Events

350 Maine Statewide Meeting
Thursday, November 18th, 6:30pm (Shifted due to Veteran’s Day)

All are welcome to this informal virtual call to galvanize our action and have a discussion!

Register Here
350 Downeast Meeting
Sunday, November 14th,1pm 
Live in the downeast area and interested in getting involved with 350 Maine? You can join the next virtual 350 Downeast meeting next 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.
Zoom In: Vote Yes on 1 to Stop the CMP Corridor 
TONIGHT, Wednesday, October 21st, 6-7pm

Please join NRCM for a Zoom webinar to hear directly from Mainers across the state about why they are voting Yes on Question 1 to stop the CMP corridor. The presenters will bring a broad range of perspectives and include a Tribal member, youth climate activist, long-time environmental leader, fisheries expert,and registered Maine Guide and local elected official who lives near the CMP corridor. You will hear compelling first-person stories from Mainers who have worked to defeat the CMP corridor for years, and why Yes on 1 is the right choice for Maine. You also will hear responses to misinformation that CMP has included in its massive, $60 million advertising campaign. Register here.

NRCM Conservation Leadership Awards
Tuesday, October 26th, 6-7pm

Join NRCM virtually for their annual Conservation Leadership Awards. Awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award for John Banks of the Penobscot Nation for his work on restoring water quality, fisheries, and connections among people and nature. Register here.

Sierra Club Maine Chapter's Virtual Annual Celebration
Thursday, November 4th, 6-7:30pm
Join Sierra Club and raise a glass in celebration of their many successes from 2021 and take a closer look at Maine’s ocean waters. The Gulf of Maine, which we rely on for food and economic security, is also one of the fastest warming bodies of water in the world. Join the celebration to watch a series of short films about Maine, learn from local experts, and hear personal stories on Maine’s changing coast. RSVP here!
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

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