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Mainers confronting climate change threats

Mainers from every corner of the state are stepping up to the climate challenge. Practical, creative and trailblazing teachers, bus drivers, students, communities, recent graduates and professional athletes alike are taking action to get ahead of the climate curve. Read their stories.

Climate&Me | Edge Venuti

Climate&Me: Edge Venuti

Meet Edge Venuti, 18, who is taking climate action by serving as the youth representative for the Maine Climate Council's Coastal and Marine Working Group. As a member of Maine Youth for Climate Justice and a student at the University of Maine studying Environmental Science and Ecology, Edge is speaking up to help shape the Maine Climate Action Plan update in 2024.

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Climate&Me: Carter Frank

Climate&Me: Carter Frank

Carter Frank used to love playing City: Skylines, an Xbox game where players get to build their own city, decide the placement of roads, and design public transportation. Frank, now a senior studying Environmental Planning and Policy and the University of Southern Maine, had no idea just how much a childhood hobby would translate into his career trajectory.

Like many other students, Frank’s educational journey had a few twists and turns before he found his passion for environmental planning. 

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Youth Representative: Alyssa Soucy

Youth Representative: Alyssa Soucy

From a young age, Alyssa Soucy was fascinated with graphs, maps, and data But it wasn’t until she attended college in Lowell, Massachusetts that she learned about climate change in an academic setting. As Soucy undertook a degree in geology, she learned about earth systems and earth history but recognized that her interests expanded beyond the physical aspects of the earth and into the human dimensions and interactions with these systems.  

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Kassie Murch of Green Jobs Explained

Q & A: Kassie Murch of Green Jobs Explained

It can seem pretty overwhelming to navigate the world of green jobs in Maine. So, we sat down with Kassie Murch of Maine Public's @GreenJobsExplained to break down everything you need to know about sustainable careers. 

Q: How did you get to where you are now – running the Green Jobs Explained Instagram account for Maine Public? 

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Representing Youth in the Energy Working Group: Martin Carriere

Youth Representative: Martin Carriere

Martin Carriere first faced the reality of the climate crisis in 2014, when the farm that had been in his family for generations struggled with drought and a new uncertainty due to climate change. Then in 2021 there was not enough water to flood his grandfather’s rice fields in California, a phenomenon that had never occurred since the farm was founded in the 1800s.

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