To the editors:

In the fall, 100 Bowdoin students travelled to NYC for the People’s Climate March, a historic collection of people in support of a greener future. Now, another movement is starting in our own state of Maine, and it could be the perfect opportunity to unite different perspectives under the shared goal of protecting the environment and our future. If you have an opinion on how to solve the climate crisis, come to Generation Climate Rising and make your voice heard!

Governor Paul LePage is failing to protect Maine and its residents by vetoing policies that aim to make the state more sustainable. Maine citizens are currently at risk from warming waters and record snowfall which disproportionately affect indigenous groups and those who rely on Maine’s natural resources for income and industry. The burden of climate change will be passed to our generation. This is not just an environmental issue. This is an issue of justice. 

Hundreds of students and citizens will march on the Blaine House in the biggest climate action in Maine’s history. Join Green Bowdoin and Bowdoin Climate Action as we march in Augusta. Let us remind our governor what our state motto—“Dirigo,” (I lead)—really means. 

The march will take place on Saturday, April 11 from 11 a.m. ­ to 2 p.m. Contact about transportation. 

Come protect the common good. Come preserve Maine’s natural wealth. Come make history! 

Maddie Lemal-­Brown ’18
Ellie Mersereau ’18