We anticipate a replay of this congressional pressure in early 2015 as the Republican-controlled Congress will no doubt try again, with the risk of pushing such a bill through much more likely. Normally, Keystone XL would require approval from the President to be built. Congress was trying to take that authority away — and force it to be built. They failed, but clearly will try again. Now the ball is back in President Obama's — and our — court. He has said that he will reject the pipeline if he finds it contributes to climate change (which it obviously does), and so we need to put people power to work again to tell him to reject the pipeline now. 350.org is asking us to please tell President Obama that it's time to reject Keystone XL! Click here to send a message to the President. Your calls have made the difference in the past; let’s keep working together to make history.
The concept? Bring together climate activists from around the state and provide them with ideas, policy guidance, and inspiration to implement a specific local climate/clean energy goal that fits a particular community. The full-day conference will include presentations on specific Maine success stories and models, as well as training on effective community organizing strategies.This conference is the launch of Sierra’s own climate action team program, but attending could help energize local 350 Maine nodes or build a node with Sierra Club Maine where one does not yet exist! RSVP HERE. [Image: http://grassrootsresearchrocks.wordpress.com/]
Reader/speaker: We give thanks to all the waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life. We know its power in many forms-‐waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the spirit of Water. All respond: Now our minds are one.
It is a powerful address and one you may want to use for this holiday feast, when we celebrate working together for survival. And in the spirit of one mind, may you have a good Thanksgiving. [Image: Penobscot River; MaineFishingAdventures.com]
- “The Climate Made Me Do It” from the Boston Globe
- “Ecosystem Files to Defend Legal Rights to Exist and Flourish” from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
- “Does Walmart Have a Dirty Energy Secret?” from InsideClimateNews
- Will a Change in Leadership Impact Bakken Transport Safety? from Railway Age
- MoveOn petition to press Senator McConnell to reconsider Senator Inhofe as chair of the Environmental and Public Works Committee
- Global Vigil for Climate Agreement, sponsored by OurVoices, a joint project of The Conservation Foundation in the UK and Green Faith in the USA. The global vigil, organized in individual communities, would be witness to and support world leaders gathering in Lima, Peru to pursue an agreement on climate change. Vigil organizer, has resources, including an opportunity to support a solar lights for Africa project. For info/resources go to ourvoices.net/lima.
- Nov. 30, Greater Portland (location TBD): Tar Sands Team meeting, 4-7 p.m. FMI: Sarah Lachance.
- Dec. 3, Falmouth: 350 Greater Portland meeting, 6:00–8:00 p.m., Friends School. Carpool Message Board
- Dec. 6, Augusta: 350 Maine Spokescouncil meeting, Mediation Center, King Street; 3:00–6:00 pm. Spokescouncil representatives and their alternates may attend.
- Dec. 11, Portland: 350 Maine Arts for Climate Change, 6:00–9:00 p.m., Becky’s Diner, Portland
- Dec. 13, Augusta: 350 Maine Convergence 3 meeting. This group consists of representatives from each node and campaign team, and addresses issues related to organizational structure in preparation for our statewide general meeting. We are limiting our numbers to three reps per group in order to facilitate dialog and decision-making.