May Updates from 350 Maine

The legislative session in Augusta is well underway and we need all hands on deck advocating for climate justice and transformational policies as the legislative committees have their public hearings through next week. Bring your voice in either written or oral testimony and share your point of view! Now is the time for us to take action and let our legislators know how we are going to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and transition to a just green economy.

CALLS TO ACTION! 

Get ready to submit testimony in support of the consumer owned utility!

We are still waiting for a bill number and public hearing date for the policy that will create a Consumer Owned Utility for Maine. As the Legislature is operating at an accelerated pace it is best to prepare your TESTIMONY now! The hearing could be as soon as next week! 

You can watch the video of the Our Power Day of Action event here: Day of Action for Our Power: Consumer Owned Utility (from Sierra Club Maine - 35 min) This covers how to prepare testimony and write a letter to the editor.

Here are some more resources for you:

Take Action today today support the Pine Tree Amendment LD 489!

Last week the Maine Senate and Maine House preliminarily voted in favor of Chloe Maxmin’s bill to add the Pine Tree Amendment to the Maine constitution (LD 489). For the next vote we will need 2/3 majority vote in the House and then 2/3 majority vote in the Senate. Take action by:

  • Writing, emailing, and calling your state Representative – Democrat or Republican – it’s crucial in this next step.

  • Asking people you know to contact their Representatives in support of the Pine Tree Amendment.

  • Let the PTA know at pinetreeamendment@gmail.com if you learn where they stand. 

Find your legislators here.

Prepare testimony for LD 1659 Maine Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator ('green fund')!

We don't yet have a hearing date, but expect one soon. Time to get your testimony ready now and prepare a Letter to the Editor!

Take action now for LD 99: An Act To Require The State To Divest Itself Of Assets In The Fossil Fuel Industry

Did you know that MainePERS’ fossil fuels investments cost the system $260 million last year, or roughly $2,600 for each of the ~100,000 PERS participants?
Did you know that the $133 million that MainePERS directly lost on fossil fuel investments last year could have funded a $215,000 solar array on every one of the 617 public schools in Maine?

This could all be avoided in the future by passing LD 99. Here are some ways you can support LD 99:

  • Learn more and sign this petition here

  • Write a Letter to the Editor (LTE) about LD 99 and submit it to your local paper. You can find talking points here and guide to writing a LTE here

  • Contact your legislators about LD 99. Find your legislators here

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Climate Justice Book Group next Discussion - Monday, May 10th, 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 (5/10, 5/24, and 6/7) and are facilitated by 350 Midcoast Maine volunteer Gabe Burford.

350 Maine Statewide Meeting - Thursday, May 13th, 6:30pm-8:00pm 

Mark your calendars and be sure to join us for our statewide meeting next week! All are welcome to this informal virtual call to galvanize our action and have a discussion. Register here

350 Downeast Meeting - Sunday, May 9th, 1pm

Live in the downeast area and interested in getting involved with 350 Maine? Join a virtual 350 Downeast meeting this weekend to learn about what the group is working on. Contact: Mark Brown for link: dr.maineblackfly@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

Why Hydro-Electricity is a False Solution to the Climate Crisis
TONIGHT, Wednesday, May 5th, 7-8:30pm
Join us for North American Megadam Resistance Alliance's final webinar of its three-part series on the impacts of Canadian hydropower on rivers, communities, and the climate where you will hear from activists and experts who are leading the efforts to expose the myth that hydropower from megadams is “renewable and clean.” Register here
Fix the Grid Webinar 
Tuesday, May 18th, 6:30pm
Across New England, decarbonization policies are being enacted and implemented. However, there is an obvious need to actively align electric utility systems to meet the needs of the increasing electrified world. A holistic approach to ‘Fix the Grid’ is bringing together stakeholders, utilities, regulators, elected officials, and grassroots activists. Join Sierra Club Maine to hear two leaders and authors who look at the future of the grid and the need for diversifying power. 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!
Future Focus Finale 
Postponed - New Date TBA
Future Focus is a youth-led monthly webinar series with Maine Audubon highlighting youth climate justice activists and their stories from across the state. For a special evening, previous speakers and new voices will discuss ways to get involved with youth climate justice in Maine. Speakers will  include: Jess Cooper, Norway Climate Action: Cassie Cain and Ania Wright, Maine Youth Climate Justice: Anna Siegel, Maine Strikes; Amara Ifeji and Julia St.Clair, Just ME for Just US/Changemakers. You can learn more about this event here.
 

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