350 Maine Advocacy Updates

350 Maine staff and members have submitted written and oral testimony for our priority legislation: Divestment; Stop Out of State Waste; Extended-Producer Responsibility; the Sustainability Accelerator ‘green fund’ which is going into a work session; Tribal Sovereignty which will be carried over to next session; the Pine Tree Amendment which was voted out with a majority ‘Ought to Pass’; and the Consumer-Owned Utility which will be heard tomorrow morning (see below!)

Thank you to all who submitted testimony or have already contacted their legislators. We’ll keep up the calls to action as the voting proceeds. The Legislature went back today to start voting!

CALLS TO ACTION! 

Submit your testimony in support of the consumer-owned utility in Maine!

L.D. 1708 "An Act to Create the Pine Tree Power Company" will have a public hearing in the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee TOMORROW, Thursday, May 20th, at 10am. Submit your testimony tonight and sign up to testify during the hearing! For talking points and further guidance on testifying in the legislature check out Our Power's Testimony Toolkit!  And let Our Power know if you're planning to testify by filling out this form.

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

Contact your legislators in support of LD 99: An Act To Require The State To Divest Itself Of Assets In The Fossil Fuel Industry!

Maine could make history as the first state to pass legislation that requires a public pension fund to divest from fossil fuels. LD 99 would set a remarkable precedent for other states to follow and it could come to the floor of the Maine legislature as soon as next week. We need to make public support for this bill loud and clear! 
Contact your legislators in support of LD 99 this week! Find your legislators here.

350 Maine News

Climate Justice Book Group next Discussion - Monday, May 24th, 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 held twice a month on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm (5/24 and 6/7) and are facilitated by 350 Midcoast Maine volunteer Gabe Burford.

350 Midcoast Meeting - Wednesday, May 26th, 6:30-8pm

Join our virtual 350 Midcoast meeting next week for updates!

Register Here

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

This in-person meeting will be held outside at the Midcoast Friends Meetinghouse, 77 Belvedere Road in Damariscotta. (Some gps devices list it as in Nobleboro.) Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and anything else you need to be comfortable like water, sunscreen. No rain date, but we can sit on the porch if it’s a small group.
Contact Noel Jost-Coq with questions (603) 292-5667

We want to do a shout out to our Communications Co-Leads! Thank you Julia St.Clair for creating this awesome newsletter for us and updating our website. And thank you to Maddy Sheppard for taking on our Social Media postings across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We appreciate your keeping us informed!

Upcoming Events

Indigenous Knowledge & Western Science: Collaboration, Relationship, and Climate Solutions 
Wednesday, June 2nd, 12:30-2:30pm
The Global Council for Science and the Environment & The Land Peace Foundation invite you to join us for the "Indigenous Knowledge & Western Science: Collaboration, Relationship, and Climate Solutions" Online Learning Series. The next session in this series on June 2nd is titled “Developing Meaningful, Balanced & Ethical Partnerships”. Learn more and register 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!

Maine Climate News

Did you hear? 

  • Amy Eshoo of 350 Maine and Julia St.Clair of Maine Youth for Climate Justice were featured on the latest episode of Grit on WMPG. Grit is a podcast on WMPG exploring how Mainers respond to challenges and issues like the coronavirus pandemic, racism, and climate change through interviews and personal stories. You can listen here.
  • Maine could become the first state to require divestment of public funds from fossil fuels. Share this article!
  • Maine Youth for Climate Justice organizers Hallie Arno and Andrew Blunt were featured in this article in The Beacon about the climate justice movement in Maine.
  • Maine’s Sustainability Accelerator would finance clean energy and climate resilience. You can read more about it here.
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