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  The Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Council of Maine sponsored a public forum in Portland. The focus of the discussion was the proposal to pump tar sand oil from Canada to South Portland, where it would be delivered to tankers to ship to the Gulf Coast.

  A thousand square miles of river habitat will open up when the Veazie and Great Works dams on the Penobscot River come down. With the construction of a fish bypass on a third dam, 11 species of sea-run fish will be able to return to their historic spawning grounds. Dr. Steve Coghlan from the University of Maine’s Department of Wildlife Ecology discussed the impacts of dam removal and answer the question: Can we restore the Penobscot to its historic natural state?

  Noted environmental scholar, journalist and activist Bill McKibben spoke about his work in helping local communities find new ways to consume energy in the face of global warming.

  Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, discussed the Maine Woods Campaign and the climate change work being undertaken by the national Sierra Club. Before helming the Sierra Club, Brune worked at Greenpeace, followed by a stint at the Rainforest Action Network.

Michael Brune spoke at the Annual Dinner for the Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club.

This talk was recorded November 4, 2011 at Harraseeket Inn in Freeport.

  Jonathan Lash, President, Hampshire College and former President, World Resources Institute delivered the 19th Annual Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service at the University of Maine School of Law. Lash's talk is titled “Community, Rights, and Climate: A Challenge for a Clever Species” and it draws upon Lash's experience as a global expert on climate change, energy security, and environment and development policies.

  World Wildlife Fund Chief Scientist and Vice President Eric Dinerstein discusses what he sees as the single greatest challenge for conservation worldwide: stopping the loss of habitat around the world.

This talk was recorded September 27, 2011 at Colby College in Waterville.

Read Eric Dinerstein's biography on the WWF website

  Senator George Mitchell's delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, where he discussed the environmental issues confronting the planet and all its inhabitants.

In a long and distinguished career of public service, Senator Mitchell represented Maine in the U.S. Senate from 1980 to 1995. He led the successful 1990 reauthorization of the Clean Air Act and was the author of the first national oil spill prevention and cleanup law.

  World-renowned explorer and climatologist, Dr. Paul Mayewski discusses his research findings from around the globe including Greenland, Antarctica, the Himalayas, Tibet and Tierra Del Fuego.

Dr. Mayewski is the first person to lead a multidisciplinary over-snow scientific expedition to the South Pole.

  Dale Jamieson is director of the Environmental Studies Program at New York University, where he is also professor of environmental studies and philosophy. Jamieson focuses on geoengineering as an approach for alleviating climate warming.

  Former Maine 1st District Congressman Tom Allen addresses the need for a national ocean policy in a talk recorded at Bates College in Lewiston. Allen is co-founder of the U. S. House Oceans Caucus where he served from 1996 until 2008.

  Speaking in Maine welcomes world-renowned explorer and climatologist, Dr. Paul Mayewski to the podium. He discusses his research findings from around the globe including Greenland, Antarctica, the Himalayas, Tibet and Tierra Del Fuego.

Dr. Mayewski is the first person to lead a multidisciplinary over-snow scientific expedition to the South Pole.

  Speaking in Maine offers a talk delivered by Scott McKay. He's the former leader of the Green Party of Quebec, Canada. He visited Bates College to discuss globalization, national distinctiveness, sovereignty and the environment.

Titled "Environmentalism and Sovereignty for Quebec: Perspectives from the Parti Quebecois," McKay's talk is sponsored by the Sociology Department and the Mellon Foundation Faculty Innovation Fund.

  Speaking in Maine features a panel discussion at Bates College, which seeks to clarify the pros, cons and points of confusion and contention in the policy debate over climate change.

  Environmental activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier steps up to the Speaking in Maine podium. She is a Canadian Inuit from Northern Quebec who represented the interests of Inuit in Russia, Alaska, Canada, and Greenland at the Stockholm Convention that banned the manufacture and use of persistent organic pollutants that enter the Arctic food chain. In 2005, Watt-Cloutier and others filed a landmark petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, alleging that unchecked greenhouse gas emissions violated Inuit cultural and environmental rights.

  Danish environmental educator Søren Hermansen spoke about how his island of Samso, Denmark, became energy independent. Hermansen was named one of Time's 2008 Heroes of the Planet, described as "a green oracle, traveling from country to country telling the story of Samso's success."

Speaking in Maine returned to Bar Harbor - and the College of the Atlantic for a talk by Danish environmental educator Søren Hermansen.

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