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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.

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How a Marine Geologist Measures Maine's Coastal Changes

March 22, 2022

Peter Slovinsky has a life-long fascination with the coast. Growing up, he spent hours digging in the sand, fishing and surfing. In his 5th grade yearbook, he said wanted to be a “Coastal Engineer” when he grew up. 

He got pretty close. 

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How To Contribute to Climate Science: Become a Citizen Scientist!

March 22, 2022

You can take climate action and help scientists understand Maine’s changing climate by tracking observations from your own backyard. Citizen science, also referred to as community science, is a collaboration between scientists and everyday people to monitor things like water quality, storms, tides, temperatures, trail conditions, and more. 

Anyone can participate with citizen science. Projects span different interests, locations and commitment levels. Introductory training is typically provided. 

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Grants for Maine Towns and Tribes Taking Climate Action

March 9, 2022

Towns and tribes in Maine can apply for Community Action Grants, which provide funds for clean energy, energy efficiency and climate resilience projects. Offered through the Community Resilience Partnership, the Community Action Grant winter application period is open now through March 22, 2022. Communities can also consider the next grant application deadline, which is September 20, 2022. 

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How 5 Dover-Foxcroft Residents formed a Climate Action Advisory Committee

February 18, 2022

Spurred to roll up their sleeves by accelerating climate change risks, Dr. Lesley Fernow and four fellow Dover-Foxcroft residents formed the Climate Action Advisory Committee (CAAC) in August 2021. The group’s goal is to bring climate change awareness to the local selectboard and to the county decision-making process.

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Meet a Climate Scientist: Maine State Climatologist Dr. Sean Birkel

February 7, 2022

Dr. Sean Birkel’s interest in science started around age five when his parents bought him a telescope. Sean later became fascinated with Earth’s climate while taking an Ice Ages course at the University of Maine. The course also launched Sean’s journey to becoming a climate scientist.

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