Maine youth are leading the way!

Youth voices are leading the way. For inspiration from the King Middle School in Portland, Maine, please watch a video of their Climate March and Rally at City Hall in December! These committed youth have a plan for Portland’s neighborhoods to become sustainable and they are determined to achieve their goals by 2025, when many of them would graduate from college.

 

One of their exuberant cheerleaders is Chloe Maxmin, a storyteller from the Down to Earth Climate Justice Stories film available through this website.  Chloe started her climate activism when she was 12 years old and continues to be a leader for youth involvement in climate justice work. Not only was she a co-founder of Harvard’s Divest from Fossil Fuels campaign, but now as a graduate she writes for The Nation Magazine and is writing a book about climate change and politics.

WANTED: YOUR PHOTOS for NEW Film Project

WANTED: YOUR PHOTOS for NEW Film Project

The Down to Earth Storytelling Project is launching a new film project and needs your help.

Working in partnership with Maine environmental and social change groups and individuals like you, we want to collect photographs of climate solutions taking root across Maine — home by home, community by community.

The photographs will be put together into a fast-paced, 5-minute film that can be widely shared with the general public and elected officials through YouTube and DVDs. We believe that showcasing the sustainability revolution that is already underway in Maine can change hearts and provide hope and inspiration to others to take action in their own lives and communities as well as to enact public policies supporting efforts to build a just, compassionate and environmentally sustainable Maine community and economy.

THE PLAN

DTE’s videographer will create a short inspiring film depicting climate solutions from every county in Maine. Each legislator will receive a DVD containing the short film, and a card with background stories about solutions in their own constituent communities. The plan is to complete the film and story handout by early 2017, as next legislative session begins. Deadline for photos is April 1st.

YOUR ROLE

Take high quality photographs that depict climate solutions from your area.

  • Photos might show a community solar farm, residential pv or solar heat system, municipal solar installation, community wind, community gardens, front lawn vegetable garden, innovative energy efficiency/renewable energy production projects, alternative transportation projects such as bike trails, trolleys, trains, electric cars/bikes, electric charging stations, etc.
  • Photos should ideally be high resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels or higher but twice that size would be even better for the videographer to work with). Basically the bigger the picture, the better!  If you take a picture of a unique solution that is not as high quality, DTE may still be able to use it.

Email photos to DTE at downtoearth145@gmail.com. Include in email the name of the town & county where the photo was taken. If you can provide more background information about the photo…even a short paragraph or story that could be included in the handout that will accompany the film…that would be a bonus. And please include your name so we can give you credit for your photograph(s).

Please help us capture on film Maine’s climate solutions and seed inspiration for more!  Spread the word about the film project and invite others you know to snap photos and send them to us!

Onward!

Anne D. (Andy) Burt

Creator/Coordinator

Down to Earth Storytelling Project

PO Box 145

Edgecomb, ME  04556

207-380-5387

www.downtoearthstories.org

 

EXXON KNEW: Maine Petition delivered to Attorney Janet Mills

On Earth Day a small band of activists presented Attorney Janet Mills with the first 450 signatures on the petition asking her to join with other states’ Attorneys General to investigate Exxon. Let’s show her that Mainers want her to look into the biggest crime in living history – knowingly destroying all life on Earth for a few pieces of silver (actually billions of dollars!). Watch the video and then sign the petition below. Thanks!

EXXON KNEW: Maine Petition

 

Fort McMurray residents flee in the largest fire evacuation in Alberta’s history

Hilary Clark, one of the storytellers in the Down to Earth film, shares her 2014 summer experience doing the Healing Walk organized by First Nations Peoples in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, where dirty tar sands is being mined and poisoning the land and water. Video of that powerful walk appears with her commentary in the film. For the last two days a wildfire has raged in the Fort McMurray area, where temperatures in the drought-stricken area have reached more than 90 degrees F resulting in evacuation of more than 80,000 local residents. Here’s a link to the story: http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/fort-mcmurray-wildfire-pushed-back-even-as-temperatures-climb

A wall of fire rages outside of Fort McMurray on Tuesday May 3, 2016. TERRY REITH / THE CANADIAN PRESS

 

EXXON KNEW: Maine Petition

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Exxon knew about climate change in the 1970’s. They’ve been lying about it ever since, while spending tens of millions of dollars to cover it up. They robbed humanity of a generation’s worth of time to reverse climate change.

This could be the largest case of fraud in history.

New York State’s Attorney General has already started an investigation, and AGs across the country are thinking about following suit. But they need to know that we’re watching, and that we demand they act now.

Exxon needs to tell the truth in court, and face the consequences of their lies and fraud. Call on your State AG to investigate Exxon.

Please visit 350.org’s EXXON KNEW: Maine Petition to tell Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills to seize this historic opportunity to investigate Exxon—thereby pushing the lies and the deception out into broad daylight and bringing us a step closer to dismantling the power of an industry that’s still recklessly — and knowingly — driving the climate crisis.

Language crafted by 350.org

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