“Getting to yes” on climate

Dear Editor:

Thankfully, Governor Mills identified climate change as a major present threat for Maine’s economy ecology and citizens when she became governor in January 2021 — before COVID hit — and formed the multi sector Maine Climate Council task force, which produced the Maine Won’t Wait action plan in December 2021.

In April 1999, I co-chaired the first Maine Climate Conference in Lewiston. The national scientist who spoke did not know whether climate change was going to be a risk to Maine in 1999. It is now 2022 and no longer is there a question — climate change is happening.

I am Zooming the conference “Communities Leading on Climate.” The first panelists shared results from their local climate resilience partnerships and now there is a panel on transportation. Maine has such a creative, positive, common-sense group of leaders from all parts of Maine — rural and urban — that are getting things done.

I agree with the speaker who urged all to stop being polarized ideologues. It does not matter whether you agree or disagree about the science of climate change or adaptation, but we need to “get to yes” to reduce hazards and save costs and lives.

Pam Person


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