As a climate activist, in 2014 I resolve …

Here are a few suggested New Year’s Resolutions for the climate activist--complete with ways to act!

To resist tar sands infrastructure development
Please see this update from our friends at Protect South Portland related to the city’s tar sands moratorium process. Your participation (whether or not you’re from South Portland) is appreciated! 350 Maine’s Tar Sands Team’s priority remains supporting Protect South Portland into 2014. We have had tremendous success in reducing the risk of tar sands oil coming into Maine―and are working to block this dangerous toxin from use. 

To combine my voice with others in coalitions that increase our collective power
350 Maine joined the Alliance for the Common Good last year for a rousing rally at the State House. The alliance is doing it again--this legislative session we will rally at the State House on January 9 at 1:00 p.m. in the Hall of Flags to tell the legislature we expect (1) Maine Money and Resources for People, not Corporations, (2) a Maine Economy that Protects the Environment, and (3) Money out of Politics. This is the same day as the hearing on LD 1461, the divestment bill--two causes with one trip to Augusta!

To prepare myself for non-violent civil disobedience
Two Keystone XL Credo Pledge of Resistance training's in nonviolent civil disobedience are scheduled for January--on Jan. 11 in Durham and on Jan. 18 in Bangor. These trainings prepare participants for response should the State Department declare Keystone XL North to be in the national interest. Both trainings will prepare people for an action in Portland that targets TD Bank, a major financier of tar sands development and the largest shareholder of TransCanada, owner of the Keystone XL pipeline. People get ready!

To increase my awareness of social and climate justice issues
The 350 Maine Tar Sands Speakers Tour will be making two stops in Maine--January 31 at University of Southern Maine in South Portland and February 1 at University of Maine at Orono. The power of first-hand storytellers will move the issue from the abstract to the concrete, and will compel you to take action. Be part of it!

To promote solutions to climate change problems
March 12, 2014 is devoted to solutions! 350 Maine is part of a large coalition of environmentally concerned organizations is planning a one-day Climate Solutions Expo and Summit event at the Augusta Civic Center to bring together a broad representation of people working on climate change in Maine. Here’s an opportunity to say yes in the name of climate, instead of the no we so often have to shout. Mark your new calendars and plan to attend!

Team 350 Maine