Urgent Action Needed to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

Calling on Collins to Say No to Keystone XL Pipeline

111514a.jpgCall Senator Susan Collins today! In an effort to circumvent the Obama administration to seek approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, the U.S. Senate may vote as early as Tuesday on whether the proposed project should move forward. Senator Susan Collins has voted twice in favor of the project. And though she agrees that human activity is a primary cause of climate change, her environmental record fails to reflect that understanding.

Will you please take a moment to call her today and ask that she reconsider her vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline? You’ll find suggested talking points and phone numbers to use here. This is also a good time to thank Senator Angus King for his opposition to KXL in the past and to ask him to reach across the aisle to Senator Collins, encouraging her to also vote no. A script and phone numbers for Senator King are here as well. Thank you for your ongoing advocacy and support, and for helping to make these critical calls. 350 Greater Portland is holding a vigil in protest against the Keystone XL pipeline this Sunday from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Congress Square in Portland. You’re invited to join them. [Image: AP]

350 Maine Divestment Shines in the UK

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The United Kingdom magazine Resurgence & Ecologist recently contacted 350 Maine for permission to use the divestment banner we take to our rallies. Apparently a photo of the banner in use caught the editor’s eye. After some quick work to get a suitable image (thank you, Meaghan lasala), we sent off the image. You can see it on the righthand side of the e-zine page; in the print version it leads the article! Way to have art, and Artists Rapid Response Team!, share our message. [Image ARRT! & 350 Maine]

Tar Sands Mining: Un-Grounded, Un-Earthed, and Un-Believable

111514c.jpg350 Maine’s three Healing Walk participants will be giving a presentation on their experience of the Alberta tar sands at the Midcoast Friends Meetinghouse (77 Belvedere Rd., Damariscotta) on Sunday, November 23, at 12:30 p.m. “In Maine, folks don’t look at things through the NIMBY lens very often. Learning about the environmental injustices happening up in Alberta Canada to First Nations people and their way of life is enough for them to get involved,” said Sarah Lachance, a walker and co-coordinator of 350 Maine’s Tar Sands Team. This event is sponsored by the Midcoast Outreach and Peace Center. Lee Chisholm, Freeport; Hilary Clark, York, and Sarah Lachance, Cape Porpoise, will discuss their impressions of tar sands mining’s impacts on people, especially First nations people, place, and planet. FMI call 207-563-3757.

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Save the Date

  • Nov. 16, Belfast: Climate vigil, corner of High and Main Streets, noon to 1:00 p.m. rain or shine. FMI contact Bob.
  • Nov. 16, Portland: Anti-Keystone XL pipeline vigil, Congress Square, noon to 1:00 p.m. rain or shine. FMI contact Lee.
  • Nov. 19, Belfast: 350 Waldo County meeting, third floor conference room, Belfast Free Library, 6:30-8:00 p.m. FMI contact Heidi (207-382-6477, heidi@350maine.org)
  • Nov. 20, Portland: The Role of Language in Human Ecology, University of Southern Maine, Southworth Planetarium, 7:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 30, TBD: Please fill out this Doodle Poll so that the Tar Sands Team can determine where and what time to meet for a face-to-face on Nov. 30: http://doodle.com/w8fp7dxp6qt68gdm. All invited!
  • Dec. 6, Brunswick: Maine Local Climate Action Conference, Bowdoin College, PLACE, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Co-sponsored by 350 Greater Portland and Sierra Club Maine Chapter. Register here. FMI contact Bob.