Friday, November 14, 2014

Un-Grounded, Un-Earthed, Un-Believable!

I'm pleased to announce our upcoming speakers are environmental activists Sarah Lachance (left), Lee Chisholm (center), and Hilary Clark (right).

Un-Grounded, Un-Earthed, Un-Believable!
Tar Sands Mining and its Effects on a People, a Place, a Planet
Sunday, November 23, at 12:30pm
Midcoast Friends Meetinghouse
77 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta

Three Maine environmental activists will recount their experience of participating in last summer’s Healing Walk organized by Canadian First Nations peoples. Lee Chisholm, Hilary Clark and Sarah LaChance will share their photos and stories of a remote homeland sacred to dozens of Canadian First Nations tribes where  a vast and devastating industrial operation the size of Florida is underway.  They witnessed how the open-pit mining of the tar sands has created a wasteland that is sickening and robbing the culture and way of life of indigenous peoples. It is also destroying the boreal forest habitat for many wildlife species.  They’ll show how this story connects to us in Maine.

The program Un-Grounded, Un-Earthed, Un-Believable!  will take place on Sunday, November 23, at 12:30 pm at the Midcoast Meetinghouse, 77 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta.  It is presented by the Maine Outreach and Peace Center, all are welcome. For more information, please contact coordinator Sue Rockwood at 563-3757.

Chisolm, of Freeport, was a practicing attorney in Portland for 15 years before he became a Waldorf School class teacher. Since 2008 he has taught science, math, history, and geography at the Friends School of Portland. He is a nonviolence trainer for the Keystone Pipeline Pledge of Resistance and a committed member of 350 Maine.

Hilary, of York, is a lifelong environmental activist.  Currently she is coordinator for 350 Maine York Region, a member of the York Energy Steering Committee, President of the York Land Trust, Convener of the South Church Unitarian Universalist Green Sanctuary, and a member of Population Matters Maine.

Sarah, of Cape Porpoise, started Campaign Earth in 2000 to educate the public about climate change.  She currently volunteers as 350 Maine's Tar Sands Team Co-coordinator.  Her passion is educating everyone about the enormous environmental harm and social injustices that result from tar sands extraction. 

At the conclusion of the program we will have an opportunity for discussion and to share local initiatives that are addressing the injustices that our northern neighbors are experiencing.

We hope to see you.