Reports from the COP26: From Glasgow to Maine

The COP26 climate summit continues this week in Glasgow, Scotland. 350 Maine Member Dr. Andrew Barton, Professor of Biology at the University of Maine Farmington is attending. You can read about his experiences at COP26 on his blog or follow him on Twitter @drewbarton3

Andrew is a forest and fire ecologist, a writer, and a biology professor. His goal through all of these activities is, in his own small way, to illuminate the problems and solutions to human-caused environmental change. He also has a deep curiosity about how nature works, especially how climate, fire, and forests interact. This drives him to carry out his ecological research and writing.

Ania Wright, a member of Maine Youth for Climate Justice, will also be sharing her experiences at COP26 on the MYCJ Instagram, you can follow along @mycj_coalition

CALLS TO ACTION! 

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month by calling for Tribal Sovereignty

Support the Wabanaki Alliance and call on Governor Mills to support LD 1626 and Tribal Sovereignty. Please call the Governor's Office to urge the Mills Administration to support LD 1626: (207) 287-2531 (Press 4 to leave your message) or send an email. And be sure to check out the Wabanaki Alliance website and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

Donate to the Wabanaki Alliance

Volunteer with Window Dressers

Window Dressers Community Builds across Maine need your help! Volunteers are coming together across the state to build window inserts and make a difference in your local communities. As the saying goes, many hands make light work and if you've ever participated in a Community Build, you know how fun and satisfying the work can be. You can find a workshop to volunteer at near you!

Volunteer with Our Power to get the COU on the 2022 ballot

Hundreds volunteered on election day to collect signatures to get the COU on the ballot for 2022, but there is still work to do to collect the more than 60,000 signatures required! Sign up here to volunteer with Our Power!

You can also check out the Our Power’s new LTE Guide!  Now 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!

350 Maine News

Climate Crisis Book Group Starting! Last call for readers! 
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).

350 Midcoast Book Recommendation: "The Book of Hope" 
At a time when the existential climate emergencies can overwhelm and discourage even the most determined among us, this interview with primatologist Jane Goodall is a nice respite.  At 87 years young and still speaking around the globe, though recently only online, Goodall has just published her book, "The Book of Hope:  A Survival Guide for Trying Times".  In it she spells out four reasons why she remains hopeful: "the amazing human intellect; the resilience of nature; the power of young people; and the indomitable human spirit". She sees hope in the climate crises we are experiencing here in the United States, since their proximity is pushing us forward to action. You can read more about the book in this interview.

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.
Sierra Club Maine Chapter's Virtual Annual Celebration
TONIGHT, 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!
Interacting with Wabanaki Maine History 
Sunday, November 14th, 2pm

This online program with Maine Wabanaki REACH is a two hour  interactive experience in which we engage in a story of particular events in the history of 400-years of colonization of Wabanaki people by Europeans in this territory now called the state of Maine.

This highly engaging experience requires our full participation in order to genuinely increase our understanding of colonization and what it means for current descendants and future generations; to reflect on what story we are writing for our grandchildren.
Register Here!

MYCJ High School Support Meeting
Tuesday, November 16th, 6-7pm

MYCJ is launching a working group where high school students can collaborate, be in community, and share ideas! If you are a high school student who would like to join our first meeting, register here!

Understanding Dawnland Today: An Introduction to the Sovereignty Act and Discussion
Wednesday, November 17th, 6-7pm

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 will dive into difficult truths about the colonization of Maine and how understanding Dawnland today can help us become better allies of the Wabanaki Tribes. The third part of the series will feature a discussion of the Sovereignty Act with Wabanaki Alliance and ambassadors Maulian Dana and Cory Hinton. Register 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 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 and register here

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