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Our mission is to respond to the global warming crisis by promoting energy efficiency, alternative energy, and environmental initiatives throughout the town of York, Maine.
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Vote on Nov. 3 to reduce plastic bag waste

Approved by the Board of Selectmen 5-0, Article 7, a ban on single-use plastic carryout bags, will be on the ballot November 3. Voting is at York High School between 8 AM and 8 PM.

Ways You Can Help Pass the York Bag Ordinance

Canvass for Support. You can help by volunteering . . . → Read More: Vote on Nov. 3 to reduce plastic bag waste

Getting rich vs. being rich

We have tens of thousands of abandoned homes without people and tens of thousands of abandoned people without homes. We have failed bankers advising failed regulators on how to save failed assets. Think about this: we are the only species on this planet without full employment. Brilliant. We have an economy that tells us that . . . → Read More: Getting rich vs. being rich

Article 3 to address potentially failing septic systems in York

On November 4, York voters will have the opportunity to enact a new ordinance that will require homeowners or buyers to have a septic system inspection done at the time of property sale or transfer. Some real estate brokers have objected to the ordinance, claiming that most buyers already get the septic inspected prior to . . . → Read More: Article 3 to address potentially failing septic systems in York

Protecting Our Well Water

There will be an important presentation on Oct. 5 on the subject of “Protecting Our Well Water.”

The date is Sunday, October 5, at 7 PM at the York Public Library.

Speakers will be Dr. Robert Marvinney, Director, Maine Geologic Survey and Gail Darrell, Director, New England Office of the Community Environmental Legal Defense. . . . → Read More: Protecting Our Well Water

Mainers rally to support solar and oppose CMP rate hike

The following is an extensive excerpt from the April 5, 2014 ReVision Energy Newsletter:

Hundreds of solar supporters packed Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) hearings on April 2 and 3, 2014, as the PUC took public comment about a controversial rate case that would substantially hurt solar’s ROI in Maine.

. . . → Read More: Mainers rally to support solar and oppose CMP rate hike

Maine legislature considering controversial bill

The following message is from the Maine chapter of the Sierra Club:

A sweeping and problematic state energy bill is heading for a vote before the full legislature, possibly as soon as next week.

Sierra Club Maine believes that the bill — while containing some positive elements promoting energy efficiency — should be rejected because . . . → Read More: Maine legislature considering controversial bill

Tar Sands Oil in Maine?

Community Talk: “Tar Sands Oil­­ — Why it Matters to ME!”

Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 p.m. at the York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd.

Bob Klotz, co-founder of 350 Maine, will discuss the implications for Maine of a proposal to move tar sands oil from Canada to Portland Harbor for export overseas. Considerations . . . → Read More: Tar Sands Oil in Maine?

York represented at Forward on Climate rally in Washington

York residents and York Energy Efficiency Committee members Eric Hopkins, Hilary Clark, and Melissa Enright were among those who were taking a stand for the environment and for future generations in Washington last weekend. From the excellent Seacoastonline article by Deborah McDermott:

Seacoast voices among 35,000-plus in D.C. climate rally Call for veto of Keystone . . . → Read More: York represented at Forward on Climate rally in Washington

Rally to keep the Northeast tar sands free

From the Maine chapter of the Sierra Club:

Rally for a tar sands free Northeast — January 26 in Portland

Imagine how devastating an oil spill into the Connecticut River would be. Picture dirty tar sands oil pouring into Sebago Lake or Casco Bay. We’ve seen what happens when tar sands pipelines spill, and it’s . . . → Read More: Rally to keep the Northeast tar sands free

Connecting CAFO to climate destruction

The factory farms that produce most of America’s meat, eggs and dairy products have an seriously negative impact on global warming, air and water pollution, and antibiotic over-use. The article quoted below argues Why We Need Labels on Factory-Farmed Food.

A growing number of organic consumers, natural health advocates and climate hawks are taking a . . . → Read More: Connecting CAFO to climate destruction

The Film “Living Downstream” to be shown at York Library on Jan. 18

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, “York Reads! One Book, One Community” presents the film Living Downstream as part of the “Sense of Wonder, Sense of Place: Experiencing the Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson” yearlong program series. (This film features contemporary concerns about suspected links between . . . → Read More: The Film “Living Downstream” to be shown at York Library on Jan. 18

The fight of all time

Spend three minutes watching this video narrated by Bill McKibben of 350.org.

In summary:

The fossil fuel industry is quickly destroying the planet, and making the fight to protect our future increasingly challenging as industry lobbying, and unabated growth continues. We all need to come together and rally behind leaders like Bill McKibben, 350.org, . . . → Read More: The fight of all time

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