January 20th email blast




BREAKING NEWS: State Department tells agencies to comment on Keystone XL by Feb. 2


TO DO: Keystone Decision in Sight: What You Can Do and Why It Matters (scroll down to the bottom of the article for specific suggestions)


TONIGHT: President Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) address at 9 p.m.


Acknowledging that confronting climate change is serious business, it’s also about relationship building and fully living life  including having fun. Consider these opportunities:



         ...and for $4 (per pen; includes shipping) Send Pres. Obama a Keystone XL Rejection Pen!


Thanks to all who turned out for “Reject Keystone XL-Now!” Rallies across the state — and the country! As we move towards the Senate vote — and anticipate President Obama’s veto — please consider this link to a summary of our events across the state.  

                                                                 Students in support of Divest UMaine

Divestment News: on Monday, January 26, the University of Maine Board of Trustees will vote on a proposal from the Investment Committee to divest the System’s direct holdings in coal. If passed, UM would be the first land grant university, and the first university system in the country to divest any fossil fuel holdings.

The meeting is open to the public; please join us at 11 a.m. at 16 Central St, Bangor, 3rd Floor Rudman Room. Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Divest UMaine will make short statements and the media will be invited. If you cannot attend in person, please call the System office: 207-973-3200 or email the Trustees: ums.trustees@maine.edu to urge them to do the right thing!


FMI contact: Karen Marysdaughter, karenmd@myfairpoint.net and Read Brugger rhbrugger@fairpoint.net

In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more information about 350 Maine and how you can be more directly involved! One item to consider: join us for our next Tar Sands Team meeting, scheduled for February 8 (please RSVP here).



: See this Calendar link for information related to upcoming events across the state. Here’s some key ones coming right up:



  • Sunday, January 25: Years of Living Dangerously episode 2, 4 p.m., Belle the Cat, Storrow Dr. Belfast. Future episodes every two weeks, same place, same time. Contact: Susan Cutting @ Belfast Transition; susancutting@gmail.com



NOTE: on Friday, February 13, 10 am to 12 noon, please join us for a Press Conference related to Global Divestment Day of Action, “Maine Divests for a Clean Energy Future” at the Welcome Center of State House, Augusta.  Contact:  Karen Marysdaughter karenmd@myfairpoint.net and Read Brugger rhbrugger@fairpoint.net.


Developing (early February): a retreat related to a spring Maine Students for Climate Justice event (see 2015 'Campus Lead Interest Form for the  2015 'Maine Students for Climate Justice' Action). For more information, contact Miles Goodrich.


Be sure to join Climate Vigils including in:


If you are interested in hosting a Tar Sands Healing Walk presentation in your area, please contact Lee Chisholm, Sarah Lachance or Hilary Clark. See a video of a 11/23/14 presentation in Damariscotta here.



Suggested Media:

  • "One River Many Relations" highlights both the benefits and the harms associated with the Oil Sands from the experience and insights of the Mikisew Cree First Nation and the Dene people of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Fort Chipewyan in Alberta, Canada.

  • NYT: Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says. Scientists find what they say are clear signs that humans are beginning to damage oceans on an unprecedented scale

  • Just say no to Doritos - and palm oil! - and the destruction of the rainforest: see this trending (and trendy!) video and sign the petition.

Team 350 Maine