November 25 2015 Email Blast

You are cordially invited to Take Back the Holidays!
(an initiative developed by 350 Greater Portland)

Here Comes the Holly Jolly
The Holiday Season is upon us. Hopes build. Expectations abound. As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving we naturally begin to think about Christmas and other December holidays. We make lists of stuff we need to buy. American culture teaches us to celebrate the holidays by buying stuff, and that spending lots of money on lots of stuff shows family and friends how much we care. A Christmas tree piled with presents says “Joy to the World!”, right? Or does it?  

The Problem with Holiday Shopping
Much of the stuff we buy contributes to climate chaos throughout the production and distribution process. Annie Leonard explains in The Story of Stuff how the ways we make, get, use and discard stuff increases climate instability.

Mining, growing and collecting raw materials to make stuff burns fossil fuels and releases greenhouse gases. Transporting those raw materials all around the world to be made into stuff burns fossil fuels.  Manufacturing stuff and all its packaging burns fossil fuels. Getting stuff to stores and warehouses and homes burns fossil fuels. When we throw it away, dealing with all that trash puts more greenhouse gasses into the air. So, instead of fueling more climate chaos by buying more stuff, this holiday season, consider celebrating a different way.  

Do you want to battle through Black Friday?  OR, you could... Simplify The Holidays.

This Friday, November 27, the day after Thanksgiving…

  • Take the First Step.

Buy Nothing.  Stay Home, or Get Outside and play like REI, which will close to "Opt Outside".

  • Step Two

“...consider creating holidays that instill more meaning into the season and encourage more sharing, laughter, creativity and personal renewal”(source here).

Take the Pledge to Simplify the holidays.

Join 350 Maine as we explore more satisfying and sustainable ways to Celebrate -- and Take Back Our Holidays!


Join 350 Maine on “The Road Through Paris” — including in Boston on 12/12. 

Here’s your chance to be involved in Road Through Paris events across the region.  

  • Opening of the UN COP21 related events (note: not all events are on the same date. Please use this link to search for — or develop — an event in your area):


Saturday, November 28: 350 Greater Portland is supporting the Maine College of Art (MECA) Ecology Club with their "Turn the Tide" Climate Rally in Monument Square, Portland at 2 p.m.  Pre-event art and sign making at 12:30 pm at MECA, 522 Congress St. — children welcome! See additional information here.

- Sunday, November 29: 350 York Region and 350 New Hampshire event in Portsmouth = “We Will Be Heard: Music and Rally for Action at the Paris Climate Talks”. 2:00 =  South Church, 292 State Street— Music and Speakers . 3:00 = Rally at Market Square. See Facebook Event Page here.

Tuesday, December 1: 350 Bangor event = “Bus Climate Heroes: Reduce Fossil Fuels — Ride the Bus!”Pickering Square, Bangor. 12:00-12:45p.m. For more information, contact Libby Norton.  

Sunday, December 6: 350 Central Maine event = Climate VigilUniversalist Unitarian Church, 69 Silver Street, Waterville. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Contact: Richard Thomas

Saturday, December 12, 1-3 p.m. Join us in Boston for the 350 New England regional event, "Jobs, Justice, Climate: Defending New England's Future", marking the close of the COP21 in Paris. Boston Common, Boston, MA. Please RSVP here: (and see the Facebook Event Page here).

Be sure to see transportation options, including via bustrainautomobile — and bicycle!

“You Have My Whole World In Your Hands”

Students in Kenya support “My World Your Hands”!

Support the “You Have My Whole World in Your Hands” campaign to call on world leaders, via social media platforms, to honor the youth — and their future — related to the COP21 events in Paris. 

Please upload your photos (on Facebook or via your Instagram account using #myworldyourhands) of youth holding a sign that says “You’ve Got My Whole World In Your Hands” ("Like" the Facebook Page here) — and spread the word in support of all children and their future. For more information, contact Sarah Lachance.

Upcoming Events  

Please see —and share —  events via our developing Public Calendar. If you have a suggestion for a listed event, please contact Bob Klotz​; use the subject heading "Calendar"​.


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