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There’s a pretty cool event coming up this week that you should know about. It’s called Climate Solutions Expo and Summit, the first statewide event of its kind and one that is intent on addressing the need to inform the larger citizenry about possible solutions and outline ways to turn concern into real action. And it’s all happening this Wednesday, March 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center.
Not being a climate expert myself, let me move over and let Karen Marysdaughter, co-coordinator of the Climate Solutions Expo and Summit, give you the real deal on what’s happening and why you should consider attending.
“Maine’s climate is changing and we are facing new and unprecedented challenges and opportunities. Although a majority of people in Maine are aware of this, many don’t know how to respond. Twelve groups, representing business, higher education, faith communities, native nations, and non-profits decided to address the situation by providing a showcase for all the exciting work already being done in Maine to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and adapt to changing conditions.
In planning this event, we have been heartened and inspired by the ingenuity of Maine people. From organizing volunteers to build window inserts at low cost for weatherizing homes, to creating a solar energy industry, to planning for sea level rise, Mainers know how to “get ‘er done!”
The Climate Solutions Expo is free and open to the public and will have over 80 exhibits and 15 breakout sessions focused on transportation, adaptation planning, renewable energy, energy efficiency, the response of faith communities, winter sports and more.
The Maine 2020 Vision Summit is happening concurrently, a day-long work session on climate policy for a $25 registration fee.
We’re especially excited that six college and university presidents, from Unity College, the University of Maine, Thomas College, Kennebec Valley Community College, College of the Atlantic, and the University of Maine at Farmington, will be presenting a panel on climate mitigation and adaptation as they relate to higher education. This will be a ground-breaking conversation among key leaders in Maine education.
The organizers of Climate Solutions want people to know what their neighbors are doing. It will be an excellent opportunity to learn, network, and create new collaborations. Come be part of the solutions!”