Ania Wright '20 (left) and Laura Berry '17 call for the declaration of a climate emergenc...Ania Wright '20 (left) and Laura Berry '17 call for the declaration of a climate emergency in Bar Harbor at the 2019 Global Climate Strike, which they helped organize. The town would adopt such a measure later that year.Since October, South Portland, Portland, Bar Harbor and Brunswick have all declared a climate emergency. Today we speak with local youth who were instrumental in these efforts and continue to escalate a movement for climate action.

We discuss the imperative for immediate action and the necessity and opportunity to concentrate on action at local governmental level.

The Bar Harbor Town Council additionally passed a measure to create a climate emergency task force with a mission to draw down the town’s carbon emissions by 2030. We discuss this and yesterdays meeting of the State’s newly formed Maine Climate Council, and the Maine Youth for Climate Justice’s Youth Voices Day.

Guests:
Sirohi Kumar – MDI High School student, MDI High School ECO Team, Maine Youth for Climate Justice, founding member of Bar Harbor Climate Emergency Coalition.
Adam Nusselien – MDI High School student, MDI High School ECO Team, Maine Youth for Climate Justice, founding member of Bar Harbor Climate Emergency Coalition.
Thomas Korstanje – MDI High School student, MDI High School ECO Team, Maine Youth for Climate Justice, founding member of Bar Harbor Climate Emergency Coalition.
Anna Siegel – 8th grade student at Friends School of Portland, ME Strikes, Maine Youth for Climate Justice
Ania Wright – student at College of the Atlantic, Youth Representative on the Maine Climate Council, founding member of Bar Harbor Climate Emergency Coalition, Earth in Brackets (COA)
Laura Berry – recent College of the Atlantic graduate, Program Manager for the College of the Atlantic- Community Energy Center, director for research and publications for the Climate Mobilization Project.

Listen here…