Tuesday, December 4, 2007

B.E.A.M to host the 5th Annual Maine State Climate Summit

We love climate change conferences. In fact, the Bates Energy Action Movement was formed after attending a conference at Middlebury College on carbon neutrality. Last February we attended the 4th annual Maine state climate summit at the College of the Atlantic, and towards the end of the weekend we were all gathered in the dining hall after a long day of climate action, and Maura Cowley (northeast coordinator of the SSC) inquired as to who would be willing to host the conference the following year. Needless to say, we jumped at the opportunity (literally...just hopped up and down).
Well the time has come, and the organizing has begun. The conference will be held on the weekend of February 8-10 right here on the Bates College campus. And that's only 66 days away! Here's a quick description of what the conference is all about:

The summit, co-sponsored by the Sierra Student Coalition, is a three-day event that brings together students from every college and university in Maine to discuss and take action on issues pertaining to climate change, ranging from wind power to eco-art. It will be held on the Bates College campus in Lewiston.

Although the summit is concerned, primarily, with climate change in Maine, we also hope to address issues on a national and global scale. Our goal for the weekend is to provide the students of Maine and surrounding states with the knowledge base and resources they need to contribute, effectively, to the fight against global warming.

Fun! We have an organizing team set up that meets every Thursday at 8pm in the living room of Chase House (on Frye Street). Please feel free to join us if you feel at all inspired to contribute, have great ideas for the weekend, or just want to hear what we are up to. If you've got questions or suggestions about the conference, e-mail beam@bates.edu and we will do our best to address them. We strongly encourage everyone to get involved with the organizing of this amazing summit.

B.E.A.M blog makes a comeback

Hello everyone! After a long hiatus, The Bates Energy Action Movement's web log is back with a vengeance. I'd like to remind you all that this blog is intended to be interactive, so post your comments! If you are interested in becoming an author, you can e-mail me (mpickoff@bates.edu) or Jack Murphy (jmurphy3@bates.edu) for the username and password. From now on, all of B.E.A.M's campaigns, initiatives and adventures will be posted. Our hope is that this blog will help to encourage a dialog among students, and also serve as a publicity tool for B.E.A.M!

Is anyone interested in becoming the BLOG MASTER?? We'll need someone to make sure we keep this thing updated. Think about it and let us know at the next Sunday evening gathering (every Sunday evening at 6pm in the common area of Frye Street Union). Great!

Step It Up Maine!

On April 14, over 1000 organizations will be hosting events in their communities to call on policy makers to take aggressive action to mitigate anthropogenic climate change, the greatest threat of our generation. Our message: "Step It Up! Cut carbon emissions 80% by 2050." You can be a part of this historical event by joining us at the Maine State House in Augusta as we hand deliver a joint statement signed by thousands of Maine students and citizens. We will be celebrating with information, speakers, and music. Maine of us will be biking from out school and other will be carpooling. If you cannot make the event, your signature and voice can by signing the petition below Please take 30 seconds to sign online and help initiate lasting change that will benefit many generations to come! Students of Maine Sign HERE: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/865908518 Citizens of Maine Sign Here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/358025097 Thank You! Jack Murphy jmurphy3@bates.edu April 14: Noon - 3pm Maine State House Augusta, Me If you would like more information on 'Step It Up!' visit www.stepitup2007.org If you would like more information on the event in Augusta, email Jack Murphy (jmurphy3@bates.edu)