Our Current Campaigns

350 Maine is currently leading multiple campaigns aimed at addressing key components of the climate justice movement. Scroll down to learn more about our current initiatives.

Engaging kids in their sustainable future

We're helping guide kids in their efforts to fight for a sustainable climate system.  High school ecology clubs in Scarborough, Kennebunk, and Cape Elizabeth have come together to create The Maine Youth Environmental Association (MYEA), and we're growing throughout the Greater Portland area.

In their first year MYEA has already fought for the solar bill, and played a significant role in the Maine Climate Protectors' petition to decrease Maine's greenhouse gases. They also participated in a student climate summit and rally and had their first MYEA convention this past spring. Help us help them energize each other, and help the kids in your town, at your schools join in!

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Count Me In 100% Clean Renewable Energy

350 Maine’s 100% Campaign for 2018 is our challenge to bring local communities towards energy efficiency, sustainability and 100% clean renewable energy by 2050.

Members are working across the State in their local communities to bring forward resolutions, proposals, and programs towards this end.

In the Greater Portland area 350 is teaming up with The Sierra Club in a partnership to support the City of South Portland in its Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, a vision for transformative carbon reductions of 80% by 2050.

A goal of 350 Greater Portland and The Sierra Club is to build community engagement and support for climate action efforts in South Portland. They are hosting, in partnership with the South Portland Energy & Recycling Committee and SMCC, a Window Dressers Community Workshop for South Portland residents in January 2019. Sign up to participate in the workshop in January.

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A brighter, smarter community: the Portland Idea

We are starting a canvassing campaign in Portland neighborhoods to inquire, inform, and educate ourselves for future campaigns: how aware are we as citizens? How interested are we? What steps have we taken to improve our household consumption, and what might we be willing to do with sufficient support?

Join us, and move toward positive change at the grassroots level, house by house, neighborhood by neighborhood. Because we feel that by each of us doing our fair share, we are an unstoppable force for change.

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350 Maine Past Campaigns

(A partial listing of our activities since 2012)

May 2018

Maine Climate Protectors petition to the Department of Environmental Protection

Maine Youth and Voters get their hearing with the DEP.

September 2017

Launch of 100% Clean Renewable Energy Campaign

April 2017

People’s Climate Marches, Augusta and Washington D.C.

350 Maine organized art builds, bus-fills and supported members attending both marches.

April 2016

Break Free (from fossil fuel) Albany, NY

350 New England joined 350 NY and NJ to stage a rally, march, and sit-in on railroad tracks to stop crude oil “bomb” trains rolling through Albany, NY endangering nearby communities and adding to the climate crisis.

2015-present

Penobscot Nation – Justice for the River

In an on-going relationship with the Penobscot Nation, 350 Maine stands in solidarity in the fight to protect the nation’s river and subsistence fishing rights in the legal battle with the State of Maine. When asked to stand with them and Standing Rock in 2016, 350 Maine participated in several coalition sponsored events.

November and December 2015

Road through Paris:

Art Build and Rally, Portland: Painting signs with school children that were marched to a rally in Monument Square marking the opening of COP21

Jobs, Justice, Climate - March, Boston: In coalition with 350 NE, union, faith and other climate organizations, 350 Maine joined the rally and march on the Boston Common

October-November 2014

350 Greater Portland formed

350 Maine joined the Sierra Club to organize the first Climate Action Team Conference in Brunswick.

September 2014

People's Climate March, NYC

350 Maine organized biking and buses to bring Mainers to the march.

June 2014

5th Annual Healing Walk in Alberta, Canada

350 Maine leaders wanted to connect the front line communities of Mobile, Alabama and Houston, Texas, affected by the tar sands infrastructure development, to the indigenous communities in Alberta affected by the pits and its infrastructure/pollution.

A broad coalition raised funds so the Americans could join the Healing Walk to be in solidarity with Indigenous peoples of Alberta. They witnessed the tar sands pits’ devastating impacts undermining their right to clean air, clean water.

January 2014

Tar Sands Speaking Tour – 10 talks in ME, NH, VT, MA, Canada

The reversal of Portland Pipe Line Corporation’s pipeline to bring tar sands to South Portland was a threat to the city, but tar sands was a reality in Alberta. Working with a broad coalition of environmental organizations the Tar Sands Team chose to highlight this big picture to the region. They arranged presentations by First Nation Representatives (Athabasca Chipewyan and Beaver Lake Cree) of Canada and internationally awarded photographer.

August-November 2013

Protect South Portland

Together with Protect South Portland and other environmental groups, 350 Maine backed a referendum against tar sands coming through Portland Pipe Line. Door-to-door and telephone canvassing; Hands-Across the Bridge and other large demonstrations took place.

July 2013

Sebago Flotilla

Staged along with a flotilla of rafts and kayaks on Sebago Lake, street theater (on Route 302 in Raymond) of an ‘oil spill clean-up’ dramatized the threat posed by piped tar sands to Maine’s water supply.

June 2013

Train Blockade - Fairfield, Maine

Activists blockaded train tracks in protest of Bakaan crude oil passing through to the New Brunswick oil refinery. 9 days later a similar oil train exploded in Lac Megantic, Quebec killing 47 people and destroying the downtown.

January 2013

Climate Rally

Working in coalition with others, 350 Maine organized Portland’s largest Climate Rally ever; sounding the alarm against tar sands coming from Montreal to South Portland through the Portland Pipe Line.

November 2012

Bill McKibben Do the Math Tour

Standing room only at 350 Maine event at the State Theater in Portland.