Thanks for 2014 - looking forward to 2015!
350 Maine is excited to have spent the past year with you: 2014 was quite eventful — and we are very much looking forward to working together in 2015.
We realize that this is an extremely busy time of year but we wanted to check-in: we hope that your holiday season has been enjoyable and wish you a very happy New Year.
As we approach the third anniversary of the founding of 350 Maine, there is much to reflect on - and much gratitude to be expressed. There are so many notable events and successes in 2014...it’s hard to know where to start - and end - a review. However, below, we give it a try - and appreciate your consideration of some pretty incredible experiences.
What’s next? One item to specifically consider, given political realities, relates to the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline; see the recent video exchange from 350.org here. Clearly, we all will be called to action in early 2015.
On a more local level, please join us on January 8 in the Maine State House Hall of Flags from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for the The Rally of Unity.
Among our accomplishments this year, 350 Maine through its groups, teams, and members, took on the following:
January: the 350 Divestment Team organized legislation and testimony for the Maine legislature to consider divesting Maine Maine Public Employees Retirement System (ME PERS) money from fossil fuels, resulting in a task force studying environmental screens for pension fund investments.
January and February: Organized a ten-day tour across four New England states and Montreal, Canada that brought First Nations speakers Eriel Deranger and Crystal Lameman plus award-winning, international photojournalist Garth Lenz together for a series of unforgettable presentations on the devastation being wrought by Canadian tar sands mining.
February 3: “Let’s Light the Night with Our Resolve to Keep Fighting KXL” vigils took place across the state.
March 3: Supported the XL Dissent event in Washington, D.C. at which students from over 80 colleges rallied at Georgetown University and then marched to the White House, where three hundred ninety-eight opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline were arrested.
March 12: Co-sponsored the mid-winter “Climate Solutions Conference” in the Augusta Civic Center, where citizens, businesses, and schools jointly explored climate crises and cures. Solutions to be revealed: 350 Maine is a founding sponsor of a developing interactive map project showcasing climate change solutions around the state.
April 22: Participated in the Reject and Protect event in Washington, D.C.
May: numerous activities and meetings — including supporting the Bowdoin Climate Action group in their ongoing work to divest the college endowment from fossil fuels.
June: Sent three Maine representatives and raised money to send six more from front-line communities in Mobile and Houston to the fifth annual First Nations Healing Walk in the tar sands fields of Alberta.
July 15: Made our presence and our passion felt outside the New England Governors and Northeast Province Premiers Conference in New Hampshire.
July 6: Memorialized the anniversary of the Lac Megantic oil train disaster in well-covered actions throughout the state.
July 22: Collaborated with Protect South Portland in helping to create and pass the “Clean Skies Ordinance,” which definitively protects Maine from the dangers of tar sands oil coming into New England via the Portland-Montreal Pipeline.
July 31: Sponsored an “Organizing-the-Organizers Conference” in preparation for the Peoples Climate March.
August: 350 Maine supporters participated in the New England Regional Climate Justice Camp in Vermont.
September 21: helped fill more than half a dozen Maine buses and organized a “350-mile” bicycle caravan to travel from Maine to New York City, joining over 400,000 others in the People’s Climate March — the biggest climate march in history.
October 4 and 5: Co-sponsored the Generation Climate Convergence at USM - with a goal to strengthen the youth climate justice movement in the Northeast.
November: Marshaled a rapid response campaign of calls, letters, and in-the-street action to oppose a bill to build th Keystone Pipeline, which Congress ultimately failed to pass.
December 6: Joined the Sierra Club in promoting local climate solutions in a “Climate Action Team” conference attended by over a hundred people at Bowdoin College.
Continued to successfully promulgated divestment from fossil fuels among Maine college, university, church, and municipal groups.
Supported a host of vigils, protests, educational programs and attended regulatory and legislative meetings and sessions across the state - often in association with our coalition partners.
Strengthened in numbers, in focus, and in autonomy 350 Maine’s regional groups.
And for further end-of-the-year review, consider these links:
We can't do all of this without you! Thank you for all your support.
Team 350 Maine