Carbon-Cutting Pledge, Youth Organizing and a Bike Brigade Report Back

350 Maine’s Carbon-Cutter No-Fly Pledge

Air travel is the fastest growing contributor to climate change—over the period 2002–2050 the overall contribution of air travel to climate change is expected to increase from 3.5% to 6–10%. Flying produces a lot more CO₂ than any other mode of travel. What's more the CO₂ released in the upper atmosphere is far more damaging than that released on the ground.

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Choosing not to fly is an immediate and very effective way of reducing your contribution to climate disruption.

Change can be challenging so we are starting this change by targeting frequent, casual, short-distance, short-break, leisure flights—flights that are only possible because they are cheap; flights that are disproportionately polluting because most of the fuel is used getting to cruising height and then almost immediately landing; journeys that can easily be made by rail.

Sign up to the pledge and make an impact! Then send us photos of yourself and your family and friends using rail or ridesharing or whatever other means you choose to replace air travel!

Maine Youth Gather for Climate Justice

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For more photos from this event click here!

Last weekend marked an exciting turn for the college activist community in Maine as five colleges, College of the Atlantic, Colby College, University of Maine-Orono, Unity College, Bowdoin College, and the University of Southern Maine-Portland, met under the coalition Generation Climate Convergence at USM. The event was sponsored by Pine Tree Youth Organizing, 350 Maine, and Maine Students for Climate Justice, which is the group formed by the students who participated. Workshops were offered on various aspects of climate justice work, from direct action techniques, to campus divestment basics, to water justice rights.

The magnum opus of the weekend was an evocative, matter-of-fact, and heart-wrenching speech delivered by indigenous lawyer/activist Sherri Mitchell, a first-generation Penobscot. Her talk made no bones about the horrific state of affairs that is the Keystone XL Pipeline, whose launching point in central Alberta is travelling through the boreal taiga forests that predominate the area. Both the wildlife and First Nations tribes are watching in helpless despair as their water is poisoned, land destroyed, and citizens evacuated for the sole purpose of tar sands extraction to perpetuate the iniquitous juggernaut of capitalism. Her speech, the workshops, and the sheer solidarity has inspired and empowered students to converge their individual and collective talents and resources to create the mission of Maine Students for Climate Justice.

350 Maine Bike Brigade to the PCM Reports Back

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September 21 and 22 were powerful days of activity charged by climate change activism, both in New York and in solidarity all across the globe. Over 1,000 Mainers made the trek – by bike, car, train and bus. 350 Maine supporters Bob Klotz and Dave Oakes covered the 350 mile distance from South Portland to Manhattan by bikes, connecting with other cyclists from across New England (and the country), reinforcing an emphasis on solutions and what is possible in confronting climate change.

For more detail about the bike brigade and to share your experiences – please see this link. People in Maine and around the country continue to engage around the PCM by planning for the future through sustained action and solidarity. Your involvement is essential to ensure that the momentum of the PCM continues to grow, resulting in the change that we so desperately need, so be sure to keep up to date on upcoming climate related events and actions around Maine by visiting the 350 Maine calendar here.

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