Bangor – A bus tour about climate change made two stops in Maine today. The day began along the Bangor Waterfront, it is part of a nationwide tour to support the President’s plan, and get people involved.
Their Maine message was climate change is already happening here.
“I’d like to dispel the myth that global warming doesn’t exist, I think that debate is over,” said retired trauma surgeon Bill Horner who worked for 22 years at EMMC.
The “I will Act On Climate Change Tour” bus unloaded with a number of supporters on hand enjoying a sun splashed day, and local experts on the subject told them how it will impact the state.
“Change isn’t easy,” said Dylan Voorhees the Clean Energy Director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. “People get it Maine people get it and Maine has a lot lose and a lot to gain unfortunately there’s a lot of Washington D.C. politics is a challenge.”
Local, State, and National politicians were on hand to hear climate change isn’t happening in some far away land.
“Maine has already experienced extreme heat,” said Cynthia Greene who works for the US EPA New England. “In 2010, there was a heat wave in September, that closed schools here so we’ve already experienced it here in Maine and we need to, work trying to curb the carbon pollution so that we can reduce the impacts as well.”
“Think for a minute about whether you’ve seen changes happening around you in the climate,” said Voorhees. “Whether it’s an ice fishing derby that got cancelled or it’s as I said Lyme Disease, think about what you’ve observed around you and if you like many of others have seen things happen then recognize that it could get much, much, worse and the time is now to reduce pollution before it does.”
They want Mainers to know, climate change could impact the logging industry, farming, and fishing, and it may not be just what happens here that creates the issue.
“The lobster industry generates 300 million dollars, thousands of jobs in the state, it’s who Maine is, right, lobsters!” said Voorhees. “And they are worried about that because the South of us where temperatures have warmed the lobster industry in Rhode Island is gone.”
“Here with our prevailing weather patterns sort of act as the tip of a funnel,” said Dr. Horner. “And so even though you’ll have a day that looks as good as this, measure able levels of these particulates, as they down on Acadia, Mount Desert Island, can be surprisingly high.”
Their overall message was to talk to state and federal officials to support the President’s plan, but also that personal responsibility is key.
“Just as we teach our kids to leave no trace when we go for a hike because we want it to be the same for the next person coming along that day or the next day, I think we should conduct our lives generationally as leaving no trace as well,” said Dr. Horner.