Petition to Governor Paul LePage and Maine’s state and national Senators and Representatives

PETITION: Please sign below 

 

Climate change is already hurting the health, safety, and economic prosperity of Maine people, as well as damaging our ecosystems and natural resources. Maine’s children and young adults, and generations to come, will experience the worst impacts of climate change. This is an unjust burden on Maine’s youth. 

 

Our Governor and some representatives fail to recognize the urgency of the climate crisis, and have resisted actions to safeguard our lives and livelihoods from climate disruption. Please sign below to tell Maine leaders that we want a new direction, and that their actions on climate change will guide our votes.

 

We demand:

No new fossil fuel infrastructure in Maine. New investments in fossil energy--such as oil and gas pipelines--will last for decades. Instead we must invest today in renewable energy and a just transition away from a fossil fuel-based economy.

 

We are rising for:

- The health, safety, and livelihoods of all Mainers.

- Solidarity with front-line communities: those experiencing the worst effects of climate change in Maine and around the world.

Democratized clean energy systems that work for people and the planet. Maine people should choose and control the energy systems in their communities; this will also create good, lasting jobs for Maine workers.

- Improved weatherization and energy efficiency in homes and businesses.

- Affordable public transit.

- Climate change education for Maine students and the general public.

519 signatures so far. Add yours!

BACKGROUND

 

Climate change is already hurting the health, safety, and economic prosperity of Maine’s people, as well as damaging the ecosystems and natural resources from which we derive our food, livelihoods, and recreation. Mainers face one of the highest risks of asthma and respiratory diseases, and our elderly are especially at risk from hotter summer days. Even the small increase in sea level to date, combined with larger storm surges, is contributing to more erosion and flooding along Maine’s coast.

 

The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99 percent of the world’s ocean water bodies, the water is acidifying, and new species are moving in. These changes are contributing to a steep decline in some of our fisheries, costing fishing jobs. Maine farmers and foresters are also observing unprecedented changes in the environment.

 

While Maine is already feeling the effects of climate change, the impacts are projected to get much worse with time if drastic steps are not taken immediately to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. The children and young adults of Maine, and generations to come, will experience the worst impacts of climate change. This is an unjust burden on Maine’s youth, and we will hold our elected officials accountable to our vision of climate justice.

 

About the petition authors:

Maine Students for Climate Justice is a student-run coalition dedicated to confronting the systems and institutions fueling the climate crisis. We bring youth voices to the climate struggle in Maine, and provide resources and support for one another as we work towards environmental sustainability and social justice.