To the Editor:

If you’re concerned about climate change, you may feel there is little you can do that will make a difference.  Here’s a suggestion: vote. If you choose a candidate who consistently advocates for climate-friendly legislation, you’ve taken a positive step.

As it turns out, Bowdoin students have such an opportunity this June. Jackie Sartoris is running in a June 10 Democratic primary for the Maine State Legislature.  Her district includes almost all of Bowdoin’s dormitories. She’s been a consistent proponent of sustainability initiatives at the local and state levels and her non-partisan work to pass comprehensive wetland laws won a national award from the Environmental Law Institute. The urgent need for leadership addressing climate change is a primary reason that Jackie is running. For more information go to

While few Bowdoin students typically participate in June elections, these are races with small turnouts and every vote will matter. Students can register to vote in Brunswick and vote absentee. I encourage you to take this simple step to help the planet.

Mark Battle
Associate Professor of Physics