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September 27, 2021

Stepping forward: Young Mainers leading on issues from climate to criminal justice

Maine may be the oldest state in the country. But a burgeoning movement of progressive youth making their voices heard on issues ranging from climate change to criminal justice reform — combined with a growing number of young legislators in Augusta — is leaving an unmistakable imprint on the state’s politics.

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Beacon

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July 11, 2021

Taking the future into their own hands

Youth activists, encouraged by the passage of a pioneering mandate, are leading the state and nation toward fossil fuel divestment.

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Maine Monitor

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June 19, 2021

In landmark move, Maine becomes first state to pass legislation to divest from fossil fuels

In what environmental advocates called an important step forward for climate justice, Maine became the first state to commit through legislation to divest from fossil fuel companies after Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill this week.

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Beacon

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June 10, 2021

Maine ready to divest from fossil fuels, and activists hope for a domino effect

A new bill passed by Maine’s Legislature requiring the state to divest its pension investments and other funds from fossil fuel companies is being hailed by climate activists as a major milestone, fueling optimism that more states and influential institutions could follow.

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Emma Platoff

Boston Globe

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May 17, 2021

Tribes, youth, labor uniting behind Maine’s climate justice movement

Labor groups and environmentalists have not always seen eye-to-eye. Historically, when groups came together to stand against climate change or environmental degradation, labor unions — a reliable ally on many progressive causes — were often missing from those fights.

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Beacon

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February 2, 2020

Maine Doing Right for Climate

I attended the second meeting of Maine Climate Council and participated in Maine Youth Voices Day on Jan. 29. 

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Melody Larson

Colby College, Waterville, ME

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January 29, 2020

These young activists want Maine to take bolder action on climate change

AUGUSTA, Maine — The figures presented to the Maine Climate Council on Wednesday were familiar. Over half of the state’s emissions come from transportation.

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Caitlin Andrews

Bangor Daily News

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July 25, 2021

Legislature produces results with work on climate change initiatives

On top of agreeing to divest from fossil fuels, lawmakers pass 10 measures that promise to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to climate impacts. [Three of MCAN's priority bills supported by member orgs are in this list].

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Maine Monitor

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June 23, 2021

Maine leads the nation with new fossil fuel divestment law

On Wednesday, June 16, Gov. Janet Mills signed LD 99 into law, directing the state pension system to divest from fossil fuels by 2026.

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News Center Maine

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June 17, 2021

Mills Signs Bill To Divest State Investments From Fossil Fuels

Gov. Janet Mills has signed into a law a bill that directs the Maine Public Employee Retirement System to divest $1.3 billion from fossil fuels within five years and directs the state treasury to do the same with other state funds.

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Susan Sharon

Maine Public

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June 10, 2021

Youth activists support creation of consumer owned electrical utility

AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) -Youth activists from high schools and colleges around the state gathered outside the State House Thursday in support of the bipartisan bill to create a consumer owned electric utility that would replace CMP and Versant.

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Spencer Roberts

WABI5

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April 16, 2021

The Youth-Led Fight for Climate Justice in Maine

In the face of historically exclusive spaces and performative actions, Maine youth are using their voices to flip the script through an unwavering focus on climate justice.

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Katie Yared

Climate XChange

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January 30, 2020

Young Maine Activists Call On Climate Council To Make A Zero Emission Goal For The State

Government scientists told the state's climate council Wednesday that Maine has been reducing its overall emissions of climate-warming pollution over the last several decades.

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Fred Bever

Maine Public

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July 23, 2021

Stories from the session: On climate crisis, advocates worry ‘we’re not moving fast enough’

With wildfires and heat waves raging this summer across the U.S., it’s clear that the effects of climate change are situated squarely in the present tense. 

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Beacon

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June 19, 2021

In landmark move, Maine becomes first state to pass legislation to divest from fossil fuels

In what environmental advocates called an important step forward for climate justice, Maine became the first state to commit through legislation to divest from fossil fuel companies after Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill this week.

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Beacon

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June 11, 2021

Maine’s youth support a publicly-owned utility

AUGUSTA — High school and college students met outside the statehouse to show their support for a bill that would create a publicly owned utility company.

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David Horwitz

FOX Bangor

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May 20, 2021

Green groups eyeing big climate victories in Maine Legislature

With the first leg of Maine’s 130th Legislature well underway, environmental advocates are optimistic that the progress made so far in committee work will translate to significant victories on a host of climate priorities this session.

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Beacon

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March 6-7, 2020

Maine Climate Action NOW! Strong Presence at Western Foothills Climate Convergence

We were happy to have our partner coalition and statewide network Maine Climate Action NOW! (MCAN) join us for two and a half days of movement building and climate action during the 2020 Vision Climate Convergence.

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Scott Vlaun

Center for an Ecology-Based Economy

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January 29, 2020

Young activists say Maine climate goals not aggressive enough to protect their future

AUGUSTA, Maine — Emma Sawyer, a college student at USM, joined dozens of other young activists to send a message to Maine’s Climate Council.

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Don Carrigan

News Center Maine