Recharge and recommit

Beyond Extreme Energy Call to Action
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A group of activists from around New England and a bit beyond met recently in Upstate New York to discuss and strategize resistance to corporate and government plans to expand natural gas pipelines in Massachusetts and New York for export. As part of that planning, the group is calling for a week of actions starting November 1 in Washington, DC at the FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) offices. 350 Maine is supporting the call and endorsing the action. For more on the Beyond Extreme Energy, click here. If you are interested in going to DC to act, please contact Bob Shaw.

Canoes vs. Coal
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On Friday, October 17, the 350 Pacific Climate Warriors paddled out into the Port of Newcastle in Australia, and came head to head with gigantic coal ships. It truly was David versus Goliath. Using hand carved canoes, the Warriors and dozens of Australians in kayaks were able to prevent 10 scheduled ships from passing through the Newcastle coal port. But most importantly, the Warriors stood tall and their message was heard loud and clear: they are not drowning, they are fighting. You can witness this powerful action by watching the video. At the request of 350.org, people around the globe stood in solidarity with the Pacific Climate Warriors, including a group of those at the Justice for the River event on Indian Island that was on Saturday, Oct. 18. By the way, Justice for the River raised $10,000 for Penobscot legal defense of the river!

TransCanada a Leader in Combating Climate Change?

Yes, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project. The Carbon Disclosure Project, or CDP, is a United Kingdom-based nonprofit that works with companies to tally and report their greenhouse gas emissions. TransCanada was one of five energy sector companies included on the "A List" in this year's report. Each year, company responses are analyzed and scored against two parallel scoring schemes: performance and disclosure. The CDP report focuses solely on performance and includes only those companies that enter the Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) and achieve the highest ‘A’ band. According to the CDP, its Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014 reveals which companies around the world are doing the most to combat climate change. But one has to wonder how the companies that are doing the most to promote climate disruption are also the ones doing the most to combat it! The criteria are geared toward investors and helping the deep pockets figure out who is looking beyond the short term for profitability. You can view the report in its entirety here.

“A Fierce Green Fire”—film and discussion

102814c.jpgOur colleagues at Sierra Club Maine Chapter are sponsoring a two-part screening of “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet,” at Belfast Free LIbrary (106 High St.), Part 1 shows Wednesday, October 29, at 6:00 p.m. The film focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, the future and succeeding against all odds. Part 2 of the film will be shown on December 10, same time, and place. The two showings are designed to permit discussion after each one; post-film discussion will be led by Becky Bartovics, Sierra Club Maine Chapter Co-Chair. FMI contact maine.chapter@sierraclub.org.

Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything

102814d.jpgMany of 350 Maine’s members have snatched up copies of Naomi Klein’s latest book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism versus The Climate. It’s an inspiring if demanding read. You don’t have to spend big bucks to access it—we recommend book-sharing and public libraries as sources. If you can’t wait or want a taste of the full tome, you can read a “digest” version of it in a recent issue of The Nation. This could be a great winter discussion group text!

Save the Date

Nov. 1, TBA: Tar sands campaign meeting, location TBD, 3:00-6:00 p.m. FMI contact Sarah or Bob
Nov. 2, Durham: 350 Maine Spokescouncil meeting, Durham Friends Meetinghouse, 3:00 p.m. 
Nov. 4, your town: Vote, keeping in mind where candidates stand on energy and justice issues! 
Nov, 8, Winthrop: 350 Maine Convergence: Part 2, Winthrop Friends Meetinghouse, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., for representatives of regional nodes and campaigns. 
Nov. 14, Hallowell: Annual Community Food Council Summit, Maple Hill Farm. Sponsored by Maine Network of Community Food Councils. Keynote speaker: Erin Lane, USDA Northeast Climate Hub. Register here.