CEBE is hosting a week of climate conversations to continue to build momentum in western Maine and beyond during this critical climate decade. Hindsight is 2020 - we have a crisp, clear vision of how quickly society can pivot in the face of crisis, and how inequalities will compound and build on each other in the face of multiple crises. 20/30 vision is a bit more blurry - we hold the power to make 2030 go many ways. Join us to be part of crafting the story of what 2030 will look like.
Each event begins at 6:30 pm and uses the same Zoom link. Register once and attend as many as you'd like! Find out more here.
Sun, March 14th: Keynote and Discussion
Ania Wright will kick off 2030 Vision! Ania is the Grassroots Climate Action Organizer for Sierra Club Maine. She works to engage and support youth in climate justice initiatives, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. A recent graduate from College of the Atlantic, she has been extensively involved in climate justice activism in the State of Maine and has attended international climate summits in support of the Paris Climate Accord.
Ania is a founding member of Maine Youth for Climate Justice, which supports young people in their work for climate action. She is also the Youth Representative to the Maine Climate Council, where she helped develop a Climate Action Plan for Maine. You can see Ania's remarks to the Climate Council in January 2020 here. Ania also sits on the board of Maine Climate Action NOW!, where she is leading an effort to develop a “Climate Justice Crash Course” for youth and adults. Her ongoing efforts, including her address to the last in-person meeting of the Maine Climate Council, have helped center equity and justice in Maine’s climate movement. Ania lives in Bar Harbor with her partner, DJ, and spends her free time hiking in Acadia National Park and working in her garden.
Mon, March 15th: Pecha Kucha
Using the rapid and engaging format of 20 images with 20 seconds each, eight presenters will highlight local and statewide organizations and movements bringing about the world we want to live in, with discussion to follow. Hear from Spoke Folks, CEBE Solar, Carbon Cashback 4 ME, Community Food Matters, Declaring a Climate Emergency in Your Town, Outdoor Learning, Alan Day Community Garden, and Our Power on the consumer-owned utility.
Tues, March 16th: Forging the Path: Youth Leadership Panel
Our own Jess Cooper will take the helm in what's sure to be an inspiring and compelling conversation with today's youth climate leaders. Last year's lunchtime youth panel was one of the highlights of 2020 Vision -- make sure you catch this one! Join several of last year's panelists plus some new faces to hear youth demands, ideas, and dreams for 2030 and a more livable future. We'll hear from Madison Sheppard, Josh Wood, Anna Siegel, Sirohi Kumar, and Felipe Andres Fontecilla Gutierrez.
Wed, March 17th: Answer the Call: Get Your Green On
Everyday is Earth Day, including St. Patrick's Day! Engage with CEBE's Working Group chairs in breakout rooms to learn more about our ongoing and upcoming projects in the areas of food, energy, transportation, shelter, education, and direct action; find out how you can join your local movement; and meet like-minded people.
Thurs, March 18th: Legislative Update and Social Hour
Hear from Maine experts about how to help drive climate legislation forward this session. Plus, share your ideas for local climate action during an open mic-style discussion.
Dr. Cassaundra Rose of the Governor's Office on Policy, Innovation, and the Future will talk about how climate change is impacting Maine, how the state Legislature created the Maine Climate Council to tackle the problem, and what’s in the new State Climate Action Plan, Maine Won’t Wait. She will also talk about how the plan is being implemented by the Legislature and state agencies and discuss a few ideas about how Mainers can contribute to the goals of Maine Won’t Wait.
David Costello, Climate & Clean Energy Director at Natural Resources Council of Maine, will share updates on important climate bills in the Legislature, as well as how to make the most of the virtual session by submitting testimony and contacting legislators.
Dr. Cassaundra Rose is a Senior Science Analyst and Climate Council Coordinator with the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future. Cassaundra has more than ten years of academic climate research and policy experience and joined GOPIF in 2019 to coordinate the work of the Climate Council. She holds a MS in Geology from the University of California, Riverside, and a PhD in Earth and Environmental Science from Columbia University. She particularly enjoys hiking Maine’s rocky coast and mountains and is slowly exploring the many preserves in Midcoast Maine during the pandemic.