Mayor to discuss climate activism goals in public talk Nov. 17

Nov 07, 2018
Mayor Samantha Paradis

Belfast — Mayor Samantha Paradis will speak on “My Goals as Mayor and Climate Activist” on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Sponsored by the Old Professor’s Bookshop, this will be an opportunity for the mayor to share her story and for the public to get to know her, and learn what led her to become a nurse, choose Belfast, and commit to running for office and serving as mayor.

According to a press release from Old Professor's Bookshop, Paradis will address what it means to be a climate activist, sharing stories from her work at the Global Climate Action Summit, and with state NGOs, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and the City Climate Change Committee.

She will address questions about climate change, how any individual can take action, the importance of networking, and how leaders within the city can use networks to benefit the community.

Paradis recently returned from a speaking invitation at the Clinton Global Initiative University held at the University of Chicago, according to the press release.

Her biography posted at the event reads: “Samantha Paradis was elected mayor of Belfast, Maine in November 2017. She is the first queer, second woman, and youngest mayor elected to lead the Midcoast city. During her campaign she knocked on 2,500 doors and heard about issues and concerns that are important to local residents….

"Under her leadership, the city has taken significant strides in addressing climate change, including transitioning to 90-percent solar energy for municipal electricity use, creating a city climate change committee to study the effects of sea level rise, and installing free public electric vehicle chargers."

A registered nurse, Paradis started her career at the Mayo Clinic and currently works at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast. "Her skills as a bedside nurse helped prepare her to be a successful political leader," according to her biography. She is currently studying to become a family nurse practitioner.

Paradis rows with a women’s gig rowing team, and in May 2018 she competed in the World Pilot Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly, U.K., according to her bio. Paradis holds bachelor’s degrees in nursing and psychology from the University of Maine, as well as a master’s degree in public health from the University of New England.

She grew up in a French-speaking home in northern Maine, near the Canadian border.


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