April 22-24, 2022
Our annual in-person climate convergence!
CEBE would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came, spoke, listened, volunteered, sang, danced, hugged, learned, asked, carried, ate, taught, helped, laughed, and envisioned at 2030 Vision!
Over 200 people convened in person over Earth Day weekend for Collective Power for Climate Justice over three days outdoors under tents at Norway's Recreational Park on Cottage Street.
New to the climate convergence? Check out recordings on YouTube from 2021's virtual convergence.
Lokotah Sanborn (they/he), is a Penobscot community organizer and food sovereignty advocate. His work centers on the intersections of environmental and racial justice as well as the importance of decolonization. He is a board member of Bomazeen Land Trust, the only entirely Wabanaki-led Land Trust in Maine. He is also a contributor with Sunlight Media Collective, Senior Council member of Racial Equity and Justice Bangor, and Fellow at the Wabanaki Leadership Institute.
Lokotah Sanborn Keynote
Lokotah Sanborn discusses colonialism at the heart of the climate crisis, with opening remarks from Scott Vlaun and Liz Dunn, and music by Roberta Hill and Scott Williams.
Youth Activist Panel
"Comprehensive Climate Education for Combating Climate Anxiety" with Luke Sekera-Flanders, Kosi Ifeji, Audrey Hufnagel, Madison Sheppard, and facilitated by Deb Paredes.
Dr. Richard Silkman and Sue Inches Keynotes
"New Energy Policy for Maine - Zero-Carbon Economy by 2050" from Dr. Silkman and "Finding Hope in the Face of Climate Change" from Sue Inches.
Luke Sekera-Flanders and Chloe Maxmin Keynotes
"Reclaiming the Commons: Organizing for Water Justice in Maine" with Luke Sekera-Flanders and "Launching A Dirt Road Revival For Climate Justice" with Senator Chloe Maxmin.
Sue Inches is an author, educator, and environmental advocate. She teaches part time at several colleges and is actively engaged in advocacy work, serving on the board of Defend Our Health, the steering committee of the Pine Tree Amendment, and the policy committee of Our Power. Her recently published book, Advocating for the Environment, is a citizens' guide to environmental action.
Dr. Richard Silkman is the founder of Competitive Energy Services, an energy consulting firm based in Portland that provides energy procurement and consulting services to companies, institutions and governments across the country. He has a PH.D. in Economics from Yale and has held various positions in academia, government and the private sector.
Chloe Maxmin is the youngest woman ever to serve in the Maine Senate. Elected in 2020, she defeated a two-term Republican Senate Minority Leader. In 2018, she served in the Maine House—the first Democrat to win that district. She graduated from Harvard College, where she co-founded Divest Harvard.
Luke Sekera-Flanders grew up in Fryeburg, and is a co-founder of Community Water Justice. CWJ is a network of frontline communities across Maine working to secure water rights and resist privatization.