The Brooklin Climate Response Committee sponsored a town hall forum on climate change, and how it is affecting the life and health of Downeast Maine’s coastal communities. The Committee assembled a panel with an impressive depth of knowledge of the science of climate change and its impacts on the well-being of the residents, businesses, and fisheries in the region.
After a brief presentation by each speaker, the public was invited to bring forward their observations and questions on where we are now and what we can expect in the future.
Jack Shapiro, NRCM’s Climate & Clean Energy Program Director. Jack brings to the NRCM years of experience in clean energy policy and has recently been working to forge a winning coalition of fishing, labor, and conservation groups to support an off-shore wind power bill that will help bring Maine to the forefront of renewable energy.
Paul Andrew Mayewski, Director/Professor of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine. An internationally acclaimed glaciologist, climate scientist, and polar explorer, Dr. Mayewski’s research provides a global view of the strategic significance of climate change and its relevance to Maine. He is the author of two books, “The Ice Chronicles” and “Journey Into Climate,” as well as more than 500 scientific publications.
Sam Belknap, Director of Island Institute’s Center for Marine Economy. Born and raised in coastal Maine, Mr. Belknap was previously engaged in research focusing on understanding leadership and adaptation as it relates to policy in Maine’s lobster fishery. He currently oversees the Institute’s work protecting and sustaining Maine’s working waterfronts, and creating a diversified, climate-friendly marine economy for the future.
The event was free and open to the public at Brooklin School, 41 School Street, Brooklin, Maine 04616
Banner photo by Tamara Rocha