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Grassroots Climate Action Conference focuses on strategies

Posted:  Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 8:45pm

Maine climate activists and concerned citizens from around the state will be gathering at the Sierra Club's Maine Grassroots Climate Action Conference scheduled on Saturday, September 16, at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Campus and is powered by clean renewable energy using green power courtesy of the Maine Green Power Program.

Tony Giambro, of the local Paris Auto Barn, an Eco Friendly Auto Service and transportation consultant Sarah Cushman head a workshop, Putting the "Can Do" in Transportation for Livable Communities. These two transportation planner will provide promising new frames through which communities can look at local transportation and create solutions that also build social connections for a resilient future.

The conference is an opportunity to inspire and stimulate local activists of all ages who care about solving climate change, starting in their own communities. Workshops led by engaged youth, indigenous leaders, new Mainers, and community activists, as well as energy, transportation and fundraising professionals, will highlight successful strategies and accessible resources leading to measurable changes. The day will offer opportunities to network and share stories among all participants from every corner of Maine.

The conference theme is "Maine Community-Based Approaches to a Clean Energy Future and Climate Change Solutions." Workshops will include information on local solar power, weatherization, micro-grids, sustainable businesses, clean transportation, youth organizing, 100 percent clean energy goals, community resilience, sustainable agriculture, town government best practices, grassroots organizing, and much more. The list of workshops can be found below and at:

​The keynote speaker will be author, environmental and peace activist George Lakey who will be presenting on "Building a Movement: A Big Picture Vision for the Climate." The conference is dedicated to and in honor of David Moses Bridges, a fierce and effective environmentalist who spent much of his life working to preserve Wabanaki culture and fighting for the environmental integrity of Maine's native water and land.

"We hope this conference will inspire and empower Mainers to organize with their neighbors on practical climate protection solutions,"​said Lyn Sudlow, a member of the Sierra Club Maine Climate Advisory Team. "With the political situation in Augusta and DC, it's never been more important to take local action."


Event Date: 
Sat, 09/16/2017 - 8:00am to 4:00pm