October 3, 2016 email

It’s October -- and time for action!

 

#NoDAPL Update

Events at the Standing Rock encampment in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) continue to be quite troubling. With images akin to the Civil Rights era (security guards using attack dogs on peaceful “protectors”) -- amplified by modern day militarization of law enforcement -- it is easy to lose hope regarding this touchstone climate justice event. However, though the need for ongoing support is great, there is impressive solidarity -- among many gathering tribes and allies.

As per our friend June Sapiel of the Penobscot Nation,“(The Protectors) are working hard to prepare for winter….it is coming fast! …they need extreme weather clothing and woodstoves, and canvases for teepees.” Thanks to their own commitment and the help of  contributions of many across the state, Wabanaki representatives continue to travel to North Dakota; your support is much appreciated -- and necessary.

Please do what you can -- and maybe a little bit more! -- and see the various support opportunities here -- including a petition to President Obama insisting that he fully block this pipeline. Also, please take the time to express your support via this 350.org Solidarity Letter option.

And see various information sources for updates on this issue (despite a virtual news blackout via mainstream media), including:

 

In Further “It’s ALL Our Backyard” News: the Arctic Council protest

On October 5, the Arctic Council will be meeting in Portland “to discuss the 'benefits' of an open sea for future development in the region due to climate change”.

Our friend Bruce Gagnon of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space is planning a protest at the event location (the Portland Museum of Art) at 12 noon. FMI:

Here’s a Letter to the Editor from Rosalie Paul of Brunswick, including her comment, “I confess to being stunned by what appears to be disregard for natural science and long-term self-interest”.

Please see this October 2nd Portland Press Herald article regarding the “potential” associated with such realities. The only thing missing in the article is an emphasis on business-as-usual (expanded by increased sea lanes) as the basis for the still-largely-ignored climate change...which is the basis for this “opportunity”.

 

Our Children’s Trust

With a commitment to ensuring a safe and sustainable world for our children, 350 Maine is working in support of the national “Our Children’s Trust” initiative.

“Today, a group of Mainers submitted a climate change petition for rulemaking to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Maine Board of Environmental Protection. The petitioners – 216 registered voters, 164 young people, and the groups 350 Maine and Earth Guardians – are requesting that the state carry out its constitutional and public trust obligations and implement an effective CO2 and Greenhouse Gas reduction strategy based on the best climate science.” -from a Press Release on the issue.

Maine's DEP is required to respond quickly to this petition (within 60 days) -- so please help by attending hearings as they are scheduled. If you are interested in learning more about (and participating in) this effort, please contact Sarah Lachance.

 

Extreme Energy and Solutions Team (EEAST) update

The 350 Maine EEAST continues numerous efforts to say NO to fossil fuels and YES to renewables. Notable issues of recent include working to grow engagement and effective responses to:

  • the Energy East Pipeline and Tar Sands Tankers in the Gulf of Maine

  • PUC realities

    • the gutting of solar and net-metering (see Calendar below)

    • Natural gas infrastructure (see our previous communications)

If you are interested in being part of the EEAST, please contact Sarah Lachance.

 

350 Maine at the Common Ground Fair

350 Maine was happy to join the many at the 40th Common Ground Country Fair in Unity from September 23-25. We engaged with dozens of people regarding the host of ongoing grassroots efforts and developed many new relationships and supporters.

See our Facebook Photo Album of the event (accessible even if you don’t have Facebook; sign-up not required). Also -- with a desire to ensure optimal transportation to the Fair for 2017 (via community buses, bicycling and other low-carbon efforts) -- please identify your interest (Subject Line: "Ride to the Common Ground") via email to info@350maine.org.

Calendar events:

See our webpage for Calendar updates -- including:

  • October 11-26: Maine Peace Walk -- “Stop the War$ On Mother Earth”

350 Maine is proud to support the 5th Annual Maine Peace Walk. Starting at the home of the Penobscot Nation on Indian Island (including a 6 p.m. potluck supper), the Walk (which you can join, at any point, for any duration) continues to Kittery (including a protest at the Kittery Naval Shipyard on Wednesday, October 26). Please support the Walk -- with your participation (with community events in the evening) and support for the walkers (including housing and financial donations). FMI:

News Release
Schedule and Route
Facebook Event Page

 

Sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). While the full symposium is being held in Boston, PSR-Maine is holding a free viewing session for the third panel discussion from 12:30-2:30PM at Lee Auditorium of the Wishcamper Center, USM-Portland campus: “Current International Efforts to Prevent Climate Change and Nuclear War”. Panelists include Bill McKibben, Catherine Thomasson, PSR, and John Loretz of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, see here.

 

  • October 17: Public Utilities Commission (PUC) public hearing on solar net-metering

The PUC will hold a public hearing at 1 pm at 101 2nd Street in Hallowell related to their proposed roll-back on net metering; see information here. We would encourage insisting that the PUC fully support solar. NOTE: the PUC prefers initial comments be submitted by October 12 to allow for any response/follow-up. Final deadline for public comments: November 2). For additional information, please contact Sukie Rice.

 

Media:

Common Dreams: The New, New Climate Math: 17 Years to Get Off Fossil Fuels, Or Else

Climate Central: The World Passes 400 ppm Threshold. Permanently



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