2015, 350 Maine - and you!



BREAKING (Good) NEWS!: President Obama will veto Keystone XL approving legislation


TOMORROW: the Rally of Unity in Augusta; see details below



Happy New Year!


2015 is the third anniversary of 350 Maine — and we are looking forward to a powerful year of working together to confront climate change.


Please consider reviewing (or re-reviewing, as per our last email blast) our look back over our successes for 2014.


The end of the year news that the Obama administration has loosened the 40 year ban on crude oil exports is quite distressing. Such exemption of shipping ultra-light American crude oil abroad will likely lead to the addition of billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and further threaten both our fresh water supplies and the environment through fracking and associated oil train shipments.


Further, the anticipated renewed efforts of a Republican Congress to approve the Keystone XL pipeline will soon be revealed. All evidence suggests that we will continue to be called to action — including very early in 2015. We will work with you to ensure appropriate and immediate responses to the threats we continue to confront.


Given the complexity of such challenges, we need to expand the ways in which we work together effectively — confronting complex issues on a local, state, regional, national and global level. We cannot do so, successfully, alone.


Join with us via our regional nodes and campaign teams (see information and contact link here). In particular, join us for our Tar Sands Team meeting on Friday, January 16 from 6-9 p.m (location to be determined; please RSVP to Sarah Lachance).


It seems appropriate that we start the year reinforcing the importance of unity — including via the Rally of Unity (press release) on January 8 in the Maine State House Hall of Flags from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Lets turn out in large numbers (see a carpool coordination tool here) to stand together in support of solutions and in opposition to pollution...with a particular focus on protecting our water.


Save-The-Date: See this Calendar link for information related to upcoming events across the state. Here’s some key ones coming right up:


  • Thursday, January 8: 350 Greater Portland meeting. Friend’s School, Falmouth, 6-8 p.m. Contact: Lee Chisholm = leechisholm@comcast.net


  • Friday, January 9: “Carbon Nation” climate solutions film and soup supper with 350 Lincoln County. Midcoast Friends Meetinghouse, 77 Belvedere Rd., Damariscotta, 5:30-7:30pm. Contact: Andy Burt = annedburt145@gmail.com. Snow date Jan. 16.


  • Saturday, January 10:

    • “Financing Solar for Faith Communities” Open House. St. Ansgar Evangelical Lutheran Church, 515 Woodford St., Portland, 9 am. 7kW on church roof! Contact: Deb McDonough = deb@themcdonoughs.org



  • Sunday, January 11:

    • Years of Living Dangerously episode 1. Bell the Cat, Storrow Dr. Belfast, 4 pm. Future episodes every two weeks, same place, same time.


    • Un-Grounded, Un-Earthed, Un-Believable! Tar Sands Mining and its Effects on a People, a Place, a Planet, Tar Sands Healing Walk Presentation. First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter, 12 Elm St, Exeter, NH, 11:30 a.m.  Contact: Hilary Clark =hilclark57@gmail.com. Snow date Jan. 25.


  • Monday, January 12: 350 Bangor Meeting. Panda Garden, 123 Franklin Street, Bangor; 6:30-8 p.m., optional supper 5:30-6:30 p.m. Contact: libby.norton@gmail.com




Developing (early February): a retreat related to a spring Maine Students for Climate Justice event (see 2015 'Campus Lead Interest Form for the  2015 'Maine Students for Climate Justice' Action). For more information, contact Miles Goodrich.


If you are interested in hosting a Tar Sands Healing Walk presentation in your area, please contact Lee Chisholm, Sarah Lachance or Hilary Clark. See a video of a 11/23/14 presentation in Damariscottahere.



Team 350 Maine