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Norway, Maine

May 17-18, 2024

As the dust settles from this year’s 2030 Vision Climate Convergence, we’re feeling energized and inspired by two days of connecting, catalyzing, and creating. It is an honor for us to be able to hold this space to convene around a common cause, learn from each other, and celebrate the collective wisdom of a diverse and dispersed climate movement in Maine and beyond. We were heartened to see so many old friends and meet new ones, and delighted to see how many were here for the second, third or fourth time. 

We heard some hard facts about melting ice, rising seas, and political inaction from Susana Hancock, while Steve Curwood reminded us of the intersectionality of the poly-crisis and the power of finding deep connection with nature and each other to address the complexity of the problem. Signature MiMi laid bare her Soul, leading with love to take us on an emotional journey into the personal and political. We also heard stories of visionary, community-driven solutions emerging across Maine, and shared our grief and joy through making art, creating poetry and breaking bread together. We made seed balls and raised bed planters, heard a song about how to make compost, and learned how to use a solar oven and fix a flat on our bike.

To all who came to connect, catalyze, and create with us in Norway, we appreciate you from the bottom or our hearts. You are the Convergence. From the dedicated work of our volunteers, the time and knowledge our presenters and panelists so generously shared, to the support of our many sponsors, and the energy our attendees brought, we are super grateful. Together we reveled in the sense of community and possibility, knowing that none of us are alone in our work as we address the climate crisis from every angle.

Until next time,
CEBE's Staff

Come along with us for two days of movement building in Norway, Maine. 2030 Vision: Connect Catalyze Create took place May 17-18, 2024. This was the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy's fifth annual climate convergence, our flagship event of the year, where we convene around shared work to address the climate crisis to learn from each other and strengthen our movement.

Dr. Susana Hancock is someone who goes to the ends of the Earth to save the climate. Literally. Every year, the Maine-native clicks into her skis and conducts research on some of the world's most vulnerable ecosystems: the polar ice caps. The poles currently harbor nine of the top 16 climate tipping points, and Susana is particularly interested in understanding and communicating the cascading planet-wide impacts of some of the most pressing ones.

When not on the ice, she works with global leaders, heads of state and decision makers to understand the implications of polar-driven climate risk on communities around the world. Most recently, she was part of a 2022 attempt to recreate a failed North Pole expedition from 150 years earlier and is now in the final stages of preparations to ski 1,000 km across Greenland. There, she will study how methane and other planet-warming gases are coming through the polar ice at still unestablished quantities, and will also work with schools around the world to conduct student experiments from elementary-high school classrooms and share lessons from the ice. 

Steve Curwood is Executive Producer and Host of Living on Earth. Steve created the first pilot of Living on Earth in the spring of 1990, and the show has run continuously since April 1991. Today, Living on Earth with Steve Curwood is aired on more than 300 National Public Radio affiliates in the US. Steve's relationship with NPR goes back to 1979 when he began as a reporter and host of Weekend All Things Considered. Steve has been a journalist for more than 30 years. He shared the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as part of the Boston Globe's education team.

Steve Curwood is also the recipient of the 2003 Global Green Award for Media Design, the 2003 David A. Brower Award from the Sierra Club for excellence in environmental reporting and the 1992 New England Environmental Leadership Award from Tufts University for his work on promoting environmental awareness. He is president of the World Media Foundation, Inc. and a Lecturer in Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard University. He lives in southern New Hampshire on a small woodlot with his family.

View the schedule for the convergence below.

Hallmarks of each convergence include workshops, roundtable discussions and presentations, as well as great food, music, art and poetry to energize the urgent work of climate justice. It is designed to be inclusive, interactive, and to celebrate and engage the collective wisdom of all who attend. In this critical moment, as climate change accelerates and biodiversity is increasingly threatened, we also see unprecedented support for building community resilience and fighting for a livable planet. 

If you've never been to one of our convergences before, check out the recordings from previous years.  

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