"An online climate gathering for the future of Western Maine and beyond"
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.
Occurring nightly from 6:30-8pm - one registration and Zoom link is valid for all events.
Sunday, March 14: From Climate Action to Climate Justice
Ania Wright kicked 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.
Monday, March 15: Pecha Kucha
Using the rapid and engaging format of 20 images with 20 seconds each, eight presenters highlight local and statewide organizations and movements bringing about the world we want to live in. Hear from Spoke Folks, CEBE Solar, Carbon Cashback 4ME, Community Food Matters, Declaring a Climate Emergency in Your Town, Outdoor Learning, Alan Day Community Garden, and Our Power on the consumer-owned utility.
Tuesday, March 16: 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.
Madison is a 19-year-old artist, youth leader, and climate activist from Cape Cod, MA. Madison is a team lead for Norway Youth Climate Action, and a core member of Maine Youth for Climate Justice. She is passionate about ocean conservation, endangered species protection, and zero waste living.
Josh Wood is a 16-year-old activist and writer from Sanford, ME. He received acclaim for leading policy initiatives with Black Lives Matter Maine. Josh is an advocate for racial equity, climate justice, and intersectional leadership. Josh has been involved with community organizing through animal welfare, volunteer work, racial justice training, and climate advocacy.
Anna Siegel is a 14-year-old climate activist with ME Strikes and Maine Youth for Climate Justice. She attends school at Waynflete in Portland, ME, and works on instituting intersectional policy from a municipal to state level.
Sirohi Kumar, 16, is a climate activist in Bar Harbor, Maine. As a founding member of the Climate Emergency Action Coalition (CEAC), she helped pass a Climate Emergency Declaration in Bar Harbor and is currently serving as the Youth Representative on the Bar Harbor Climate Emergency Task Force. She is also a racial justice organizer and directly contributed to the formation of the AOS 91 Anti-Racism Task Force, upon which she currently serves as a student representative.
Felipe Andres Fontecilla Gutierrez is a youth climate activist who recently graduated from the College of the Atlantic. Since 2019, Felipe has been involved in the climate movement working on youth empowerment and political incidence. Felipe is one of the directors of the Center for Social Reality studies for whom they have been coordinating the Thematic Roundtable in the Chilean Senate for Youth Climate Action, the consultation on a Just Transition for Latinamerica, and the development of political incidence strategies for the Chilean Youth for Climate Network. In addition, Felipe also works in educational summer courses for the United World Colleges movement including UWC Building a Sustainable Future (Germany) and UWC Bridging Cultures (Bosnia & Herzegovina).
Jess Cooper will facilitate the youth panel. She is a young mother, dancer, musician, community organizer, and an avid environmental advocate. She has centered her work around organizing youth in western Maine. Her focus is on projects that help create thriving environments for current and future generations to live, work, and play in. Jess is driven by strengthening connections in her community and throughout the state, and carries out this work through the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy, where she is the youth coordinator for the youth climate action team. She took up climate action advocacy after becoming a member of two key climate action coalitions in Maine: Maine Youth for Climate Justice and Maine Climate Action NOW!
Wednesday, March 17: Answer the Call - Get Your Green On
Everyday is Earth Day, including St. Patrick's Day! Engage with CEBE's Working Group chairs to learn more about our ongoing and upcoming projects in the areas of food, energy, transportation, shelter, education, and direct action, and find out how you can join your local movement. The best way to experience what happened in the breakout rooms with each Working Group chair is to watch the videos each Working Group made ahead of time on our YouTube channel.
Thurs, March 18: Legislative Update and Social Hour
Hear from Dr. Cassaundra Rose and David Costello about how to help drive climate legislation forward this session.
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.
David is NRCM's Climate & Clean Energy Director. David brings more than 25 years of senior-level government management and policy experience to his climate and clean energy work at NRCM. Most recently, David directed two non-governmental climate change projects in Maryland and served as Deputy Secretary at the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE). Prior to his work at the MDE, David served concurrently as Director of the Governor’s Delivery Unit (GDU) and Director of Maryland’s Office of Smart Growth. Preceding his work in Annapolis, David served as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Investment in Baltimore City and as a regional and country program manager with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
David attended the University of Maine and is a graduate of The George Washington University and the London School of Economics. A native of Old Town, David currently lives in Brunswick with his wife Sally, daughter Grace, son Jack, and obstinate beagle Stella.