April 22, 2020, marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. To celebrate how far we have come in protecting our environment, staff at the Natural Resources Council of Maine created daily digital care packages from across our program areas that we provided to our members for each day of Earth Week. These resources—informative webinars, inspiration poetry, videos & podcasts, kids' activities, and much more—are timeless, so we are sharing them with you here. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed putting them together for you!
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Climate & Clean Energy
Climate & Clean Transportation Webinar
In Maine, 54% of our climate-changing pollution comes from our cars and trucks. It can often be difficult and expensive to get from Point A to B. If we want to address the climate crisis, then we need healthier, less-polluting options for moving goods and people. Watch this webinar to learn about how we can work toward cleaner, more resilient and equitable ways to get around Maine. This webinar was led by Sue Ely, NRCM Climate & Clean Energy Policy Advocate. Watch the full webinar.
Simple Food Waste Solutions Webinar
Did you know that 40% of the food produced in the U.S. is wasted? The good news is that there are simple things that households can do to make a significant impact on this problem. Learn about steps you can take at home to divert food from the landfill and put it to better use. NRCM's Chrissy Adamowicz helps you learn about how you can help reduce food waste in Maine. Watch the full webinar.
Stories from the Frontlines: Protecting the Nature of Maine
with stories from:
- Laura Rose Day, former Executive Director, Penobscot River Restoration Project
- Lucas St. Clair, Executive Director, Elliotsville Foundation
- MJ Ferrier, founding member, Protect South Portland
- Pete Didisheim, NRCM Advocacy Director
- Ania Wright, College of the Atlantic student & climate activist
Write a nature poem and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll share these on our website.
Forests & Wildlife
Webinar: Birding in Maine: Ask the Experts Jeff & Allison Wells
Spring has sprung here in Maine and that means birds are returning. What birds are you seeing in your backyard? Watch Maine birding experts Jeff and Allison Wells in this webinar to learn about the birds that have arrived and ones coming next. Jeffrey Wells, PhD, is one of the nation's leading bird experts and conservation biologists. He is National Audubon Vice President of Boreal Conservation and a Fellow of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Allison Wells is NRCM’s Senior Director of Public Affairs and coauthor, with Jeff, of several books, including, Maine’s Favorite Birds. Watch the full webinar.
Banner photo: Moosehead Lake by J. Monkman/NRCM