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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.

Woman standing in front of a tree, with a green text box in the lower left reading "Alyssa Soucy, Youth Representative on the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Maine Climate Council"

Representing Youth Voices on Climate Change

May 4, 2022

As Youth Representative on the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee (STS) of the Maine Climate Council (MCC), Alyssa Soucy brings climate change concerns and viewpoints of Maine’s youth to the table.

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WindowDressers: Reducing Emissions, Keeping Homes Warm & Building Community

April 8, 2022

WindowDressers is a nonprofit on a mission to reduce heating costs and fossil fuel consumption for Maine homes by lowering the amount of heat loss through windows - and build community along the way. Volunteers gather at Community Builds across the state to assemble the low-cost insulating window inserts, which serve as custom, interior-mounted, reusable storm windows.

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Top picture: several people sitting at a long table on a stage in front of seated students. Bottom right: photo of student raising hand to ask a question of a person standing at front of classroom. Bottom left, text reads "Mt. Blue High School teacher Dr. Patricia Millette planned the school's first climate workshop in response to student anxiety over climate change."

Climate Workshop Resonates with Mt. Blue High School Students

March 23, 2022

Mt. Blue High School Earth science teacher Dr. Patricia Millette asked students which science topics concerned them at the end of the 2020-21 school year. Climate change surfaced as a top response.

The discovery of student anxiety over climate change served as a catalyst for Dr. Millette to plan the school’s first climate workshop. Over the course of a few months, Dr. Millette recruited speakers from Maine’s legislature, farming, business, youth and climate science communities around themes designed to educate and empower students.   

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Picture of people sitting around a table and text "The Town of York, Maine is implementing a comprehensive climate action plan."

York Steps Up to Climate Risks with an Aggressive Action Plan

March 23, 2022

The town of York is stepping up to the significant risks posed by climate change to its miles of coastline, economy and abundant natural areas with an aggressive, comprehensive climate action plan. 

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Picture of woman sitting in front of an open notebook, with text "Arlene Cole has recorded local temperature and precipitation for the National Weather Service since 1965."

Newcastle's Arlene Cole: NOAA Weather Observer Since 1965

March 23, 2022

Every day at 5pm, Arlene Cole of Newcastle records the temperature and measures precipitation levels. Every month, Arlene sends her findings to the National Weather Service, a division of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

She’s done this since 1965.

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