350 Maine Newsletter Launch 

Welcome to the first 350 Maine Newsletter! In order to reduce inbox clutter, 350 Maine is launching a bi-monthly newsletter (don’t worry, we’ll still send you separate emails to remind you about Statewide Meetings though)! We’ll cover upcoming events, calls to action, volunteer opportunities, news, and more. So you don’t lose track of the events listed here, you can also check out our calendar, where you can add all upcoming events to your personal calendar! 

Looking forward to seeing you at our statewide call tomorrow (you can still register here)!

CALLS TO ACTION! 

350 Maine and Maine Youth for Climate Justice are asking for your support on LD 99, An Act To Require The State To Divest Itself Of Assets In The Fossil Fuel Industry. You can help out by: 

  • Signing this petition. If you are a teacher or public employee, please also take a minute to fill out this short form so we can track how many MainePERS recipients are in support. 

  • Reaching out to committee members about LD 99 (LBHS@legislature.maine.gov or check the list of members). You can find talking points here.
If we can pull this off, we can mobilize to get a good vote out of committee and from the full legislature!

Write a letter in support of the Pine Tree Amendment (LD 489)! 

To reach the two thirds majority in the Legislature that is needed to pass this bill we need to keep the letters flowing from friends, neighbors, colleagues to all of Maine's state senators and representatives (Republicans, Democrats and Independents). Who do you know living in some of the more rural areas of the state that you would like to inform about the PTA and invite to help with this letter-writing effort? Some of us have already been doing this with great success! 

Find information and tips with our Letter Writing Kit here on the new website!

350 Maine News

We want to hear from you! Please take a moment to fill out this form to share your ideas and let us know if you’re interested in: 

  • Joining a book club centered on racial justice and direct action in the climate movement

  • Participating in a nonviolent direct action training in person (likely outside) later this spring

  • Connecting with others from Maine and beyond who are heading to the Line 3 construction zone in Minnesota to engage in nonviolent direct action or supporting roles

Did you miss Ethan Hughes' talk on racial justice and direct action in the climate movement? You can view the recording here. Ethan also shared a recommended reading list and videos from the Line 3 action including a piano blockade and activist interviews with the Giniw Collective.

350 Downeast Earth Day -  April 22nd from 7:30-8:30pm

Join 350 Downeast and Porter Memorial Library for a discussion on climate change and the impact of fossil fuel extraction by David Goodrich, retired climate scientist and avid bicyclist.

David Goodrich is making a virtual return visit to Machias to talk about his recent bicycle trip across the Northern Plains from Alberta Canada to North Dakota. David spoke with 350 Maine in 2018 about his trans-continental bicycle trip. An avid cyclist and retired climate scientist, he provides a fascinating insight on the impact of climate change. This recent bicycle trip takes a look at the environmental destruction done by extracting fossil fuels. His book about this trip, A Voyage Across an Ancient Ocean: A Bicycle Journey Through the Northern Dominion of Oil, is, “A detail-rich chronicle. The miles fly by,” according to The Washington Post.

To register for this Zoom event or for more information, email Mark Brown: Dr.MaineBlackfly@gmail.com

Events

Fusing Indigenous and Western Knowledge Systems in the Tide of Global Change Webinar Series
Thursday, April 8th, 4-5:30pm
Wednesday, April 21st, 5-6:30pm
Be sure to check out the next two webinars in the series of panel discussions focusing on science, environmentalism, human health and social justice. In each session, a Wabanaki cultural knowledge keeper, young environmental stewards from Maine, and a contemporary Western scientist from UMFK describe how different global change topics are experienced. "Emergent pathogens: How infectious diseases shaped Wabanaki culture and livelihood" will be held on April 8th and “Our toxic World: How pollution disproportionately impacts Indigenous peoples” will be held on April 21st. Register here!
EPR Recycling Reform Lunch and Learn 
Friday, April 9th, 12-1pm
Please join NRCM and the Environmental Priorities Coalition for a webinar to learn about EPR recycling reform and how you can support passage of this critical bill. The Legislature is considering an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Packaging bill, which would make manufacturers — not Maine taxpayers — responsible for the cost of recycling those materials, making recycling more effective, sustainable, and equitable. Register here!
Green Bank Webinar 
Friday, April 9th, 1-2pm
Sierra Club is hosting a Green Bank webinar alongside 350 Maine and our coalition partners. In this event local and national experts will discuss upcoming legislation to create the Maine Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator, a statewide Green Bank to improve financing for efficiency, clean energy, and other climate solutions. We'll also provide updates on the companion bill at the Federal level, to create the US Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator, also known as the National Climate Bank.  Register here
Global Just Recovery Gathering with 350.org
April 9th-11th
The Global Just Recovery Gathering is a three-day online event featuring interactive workshops, cultural sessions, and hands-on trainings. Build your skills, strengthen relationships, and hear from a powerful line-up of climate leaders, artists, and musicians in every corner of the world. Join us in designing a new path towards a better future for all. Register here
COU Day of Action
Tuesday, April 20th, 6-7pm
As part of our Earth Day celebrations Maine Climate Action Now! has joined Sierra Club Maine and Our Power to host a day of action and to encourage legislators to support a consumer owned utility (COU)! On this day of action, we will gather virtually to mobilize as many people as possible in support of a COU for Maine. Our goal is to contact all of our legislators in advance of the public hearing scheduled for Earth Day, April 22nd. Please join us by registering in advance!
Sierra Club Earth Day Panel on the Intersectionality of Racism, Economy & Climate Change
Thursday, April 22nd, 5-6:30pm
On Earth Day, we will host a panel discussion on the intersectionality of racism, economy, and climate change. Speakers will include Josh Wood, Race & Climate Justice Organizer and Co-Organizing Director for Maine Strikes, Ania Wright, Grassroots Climate Action Organizer for Sierra Club Maine, and Davis Taylor, Professor of Economics and Quantitative Social Studies at College of the Atlantic. Register here!

Maine Climate News

Did you hear? 

  • The Penobscot Nation of Maine and First Nations communities in Canada called on President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau to denounce Hydro-Québec's plan to build a hydroelectric transmission line through Maine to Massachusetts.
  • Central Maine Power wants to raise customer’s monthly bills to recover costs from major storms in 2020. 
  • Brookfield Renewable, the owner of four dams on the Kennebec River has sued the state of Maine aiming to halt a plan to remove dams.
  • And check out this Letter to the Editor written by Maine Youth for Climate Justice member Audrey Hufnagel in support of LD 471, An Act to Require Legislative Approval of Certain Public Land Leases!
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