Thursday, April 22, the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, rector of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, will speak at the 40th Anniversary Earth Day/Maine Clean Energy Coalition press conference at the Maine Audubon Society’s Gilsland Farm in Falmouth.

The event marks the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day, and is the climax of a 40-day campaign of action asking Maine’s U.S. senators to support comprehensive clean-energy and climate legislation. Also speaking will be Ted Koffman, executive director of Maine Audubon, and the Deering High School Environmental Club.

Kirkparick will speak on the state of our planet as a matter of spirit, stewardship and social justice, and identifying climate change as an issue that people and communities of faith must engage. Before attending seminary and becoming an Episcopal priest, Kirkpatrick was commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

Following the press event, letters will be carried to the offices of Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins urging them to support comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation.