Maine Youth for Climate Justice announced today that 130 Maine youth from more than 20 middle schools, high schools and area colleges, including post-grads, will gather in Augusta Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 11:30 a.m. for a press conference at which they will call on the state’s leaders to take urgent, bold action to transition to a just and sustainable economy.

The press conference, which is part of a larger Youth Voices Day gathering, will coincide with the second meeting of the Maine Climate Council, a statewide group convened to develop a new Climate Action Plan for Maine. The youth activists from Maine Youth for Climate Justice will share a list of four demands and call on Maine Climate Council members to think of youths’ futures as they develop tangible actions for reducing emissions and transitioning to clean energy.

The press conference will be held in the Fort Western Room, ground floor, North Wing, Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, Augusta. Is youth leaders are Felipe Andres Fontecilla Gutierrez, College of the Atlantic; Anna Siegel, ME Strikes; Anthony Marvin, Sunrise Portland; Iris Fen Gillingham, College of the Atlantic; and a Mount Desert Island High School Climate Club representative.

Founded in 2019, Maine Youth Climate Justice is a coalition of youth (under age 30) from across Maine advocating for climate justice and a just transition.