Climate change on the coast of Maine

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Like most families, first day of school photos were a yearly tradition in my home. I grew up in Cumberland, and my love for Maine got me through college. Now I take photos with friends on the first day of class and text them to my parents.

Going through our photo albums, we unwittingly documented Maine’s changing climate. My mother grew up in Cape Elizabeth and wore wool; early September was when you could feel the chills of autumn for the first time. My sister and I wore shorts and associated back to school with the hottest days of summer. Over two generations, the impacts of climate change are tangible.

Rising temperatures aren’t the only changes in Maine in recent decades. They come with things like increased flooding, storms and rising sea levels. Climate change has and will continue to have devastating effects on human and environmental health.

It doesn’t have to be that way. The U.S. House of Representatives last fall passed the largest climate action agenda in our nation’s history, with investments to promote a rapid transition to clean energy and keep Mainers safe for the long haul. term. Now the Senate must act to pass this reconciliation package that prevents the worst consequences of climate change. Join me in calling the senses. Susan Collins and Angus King to urge them to do all they can to pull off this critical package.

I don’t want to wonder what the first day of school will be like for my children.

Terra Gallo


Teresa H. Sadler