Local Climate to Thrive group seeks members

Working toward a more sustainable future
By Fran Gonzalez | Apr 19, 2019
Source: A Climate to Thrive

Belfast — Waldo County A Climate to Thrive, a grassroots organization with the vision of energy independence for the county by 2030, is hosting a community meeting Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 23 Mill St., East Belfast.

The group is inspired by, and modeled after, the Climate to Thrive chapter from Mount Desert Island that started two years ago.

Some sustainability initiatives implemented on MDI include banning plastic bags and styrofoam, working to reduce single-use plastic waste, installing a flat roof solar array on MDI High School designed to generate as many kilowatt hours as the school uses annually, working with Efficiency Maine to upgrade to LED lighting for some qualified small businesses, residential free home energy audits by New England Energy Consulting, and weatherizing homes.

According to its website, Waldo County's group is using MDI as a model, in the hope it can show other communities across Maine, New England and the country that these sustainability actions simultaneously enhance economic well-being and quality of life.

Jonathan Fulford is spearheading Waldo County's chapter of A Climate to Thrive. The group has had one meeting so far, and has decided to target six specific areas: alternative energy, transportation, building efficiency, zero waste, food systems and public policy.

In October, the group hopes to launch formally with a large event. The upcoming April 28 meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in the environment, in making a difference and in contributing to the sustainability movement, is encouraged to attend.

In addition, on Tuesday, April 23,  the local chapter is sponsoring a youth-oriented Day of Action. Young people will converge on the State House for a day of civic engagement, education and a chance to speak with lawmakers. The rally will take place on the State House steps from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hall of Flags. For more information visit aclimatetothrive.org/day-of-action.

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