RadioActive 1/9/20: LUPC Approves CMP Corridor and Maine Legislature Revisits Waste Policy

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

On Tuesday, the Maine Land Us Planning Commission (LUPC) followed staff recommendation and voted 5 to 2 to approve the site law certification for Central Maine Power’s highly controversial New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) corridor project. The NECEC will now proceed to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
Before the vote, some LUPC commissioners expressed concern with the project and the pressure their commission received from Central Maine Power to accelerate their process. Today we hear some of the commissioners statements and an interview with LUPC Regional Supervisor, Bill Hinkel.
Today we also look at efforts to reform Maine’s waste law at the legislative and agency levels. On Friday January 17th, the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee will hold a work session on waste bills held over from last session, including LD 401 An Act to Preserve State Landfill Capacity and Promote Recycling. On January 13th, representatives of communities impacted by landfills will deliver a petition to the Maine DEP to amend its rules to provide an accurate definition of Maine-generated waste and to require consideration of impacts on environmental justice when determining the public benefit of licensing landfills.

Guests:
Betsy Fitzgerald, Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) commissioner, Machiasport
Jay May, LUPC commissioner, Mapleton
Bill Gilmore, LUPC commissioner, Freeman Twp
Bill Hinkel, LUPC Regional Supervisor
www.maine.gov/dacf/lupc/agenda_items/010820/slc9_Memo_Draft_Decision_Document.pdf

e) Hillary Lister, Don’t Waste ME

Today’s program was co-produced by WERU FM/RadioActive and Sunlight Media Collective.

RadioActive 1/2/20: Proposed Pesticide Ban in Blue Hill and Eliot Coleman Speaks on Organic Agriculture

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Today we look at a newly proposed ordinance which would prohibit the sale, application and storage of synthetic pesticides in the town of Blue Hill, with exemptions, including for commercial agriculture. (www.bluehillhealthyecosystem.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Blue-Hill-Healthy-EcoSystem-Ordinance-3-1.pdf)

We also hear part of a talk hosted by the Blue Hill Healthy Ecosystems group by organic farmer, agricultural researcher, author and educator, Eliot Coleman.

On January 14th the Blue Hill Healthy Ecosystem campaign will host an talk on the effects of pesticide on human health, with naturopath Dr, Marley Sachsman. The event will be held at 7pm at the Blue Hill Public Library.

Guests:
Rick Traub, Blue Hill Healthy Ecosystems
Eliot Coleman

RadioActive 11/21/19: Bar Harbor Town Council Declares Climate Emergency and Commits to Create Climate Action Plan

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

At their public meeting on Tuesday, the Bar Harbor Town Council adopted a resolution declaring a climate emergency and a commitment to creating a climate action plan. Portland and South Portland have also recently declared a climate emergency, joining over 50 local governments across the US, including New York City, and 1182 worldwide.
Mount Desert Island High School and College of the Atlantic students spoke about the impacts climate change is having locally and presented a resolution to the Bar Harbor Town Council, which called for the town to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
While the council did not adopt that goal on Tuesday, councilors expressed commitment to immediate work to come up with an a town action plan, including numerous sectors in the town. A preliminary meeting between student groups and councilors was called for Friday.

Guests:
Student of Mount Desert Island High School: Thomas Korstanje (president, MDI Just Eco Team), Ayano Ismimura, Matilda Allen, Sirohi Kumar, Lawrence “Adam” Nuesslein IV, Lily Crikelair
Bar Harbor Town Councilors: Jeff Dobbs (Chair), Matthew Hotchman (Vice-Chair), Gary Friedmann, Jill Goldthwait, Stephen Coston, Erin Cough
Laura Berry, local organizer, director of research, The Climate Mobilization Project

Additional Resources:
A Climate to Thrive (ACTT)
Earth In Brackets, College of the Atlantic

Today’s program was co-produced by WERU FM/RadioActive and Sunlight Media Collective.

RadioActive 11/14/19: Stephen Miller’s White Supremacist Emails to Breitbart and Indigenous Resistance to Megadam Power in Canada

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

a) Today we speak with a senior investigative reporter with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hate Watch. Reports published this week examine over 900 emails written by now senior policy adviser to President Trump, Stephen Miller, to Breitbart News prior to the 2016 elections.
b) The emails, of which more then 80% relate to race and immigration, reveal Miller’s affinity and perpetuation of white supremacist ideology and an active effort to infuse Breitabrt readers with anti-immigrant fear mongering, and the motivation behind the Trump administration’s extremist immigration policy, of which Stephen Miller is the architect.
c) We also speak with the North American Megadam Resistance Alliance. A delegation this month will tour a number of North Eat states, including Maine, to underscore the links between energy transmission corridor’s Like Central Maine Power’s proposed New England Clean Energy Connect and the Indigenous communities within Canada who bear the devastating impacts of mega hydro-dams.
On November 25th, members of some of those Indigenous communities will hold events in Maine. northeastmegadamresistance.org/2019-megadams-megadamage-speaking-tour/

Guests:
a) Michael Edison Hayden, senior investigative reporter Southern Poverty Law Center, Hate Watch
www.splcenter.org/presscenter/splc-leaked-emails-expose-key-white-house-aide-stephen-millers-affinity-white
www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/11/12/stephen-millers-affinity-white-nationalism-revealed-leaked-emails
www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/11/14/emails-detail-millers-ties-group-touted-white-nationalist-writers
www.nytimes.com/2019/11/15/opinion/stephen-miller-emails.html

b) Meg Sheehan, North American Megadam Resistance Alliance
northeastmegadamresistance.org/2019-megadams-megadamage-speaking-tour/
northeastmegadamresistance.org/
northeastmegadamresistance.org/cmp-corridor-maine/

Today’s program was co-produced by WERU FM/RadioActive and Sunlight Media Collective.

RadioActive 10/31/19: Maine Youth Climate Organizer Discusses Local and State Initiatives

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Today we speak with Ania Wright, a member of Maine Youth for Climate Justice and the appointed youth representative on the newly formed Maine Climate Council.
On November 19th, she and other youth from Mount Desert Island will be asking the Bar Harbor Town Council to declare a climate emergency, joining over 1000 municipalities worldwide. They will also ask the Bar Harbor Council to create a climate task force.
Ania Wright also spoke on state wide efforts to address climate change.

Guest:
Ania Wright, Maine Youth for Climate Justice
Maine Climate Council , College of the Atlantic student group, Earth In Brackets

Today’s program was co-produced by WERU FM/RadioActive and Sunlight Media Collective.

RadioActive 10/10/19: Climate Strike In Bar Harbor

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Today we hear audio from the September 20th Climate Strike in Bar Harbor, one of many Maine towns that participated in that day’s Global Climate Strike.
Earlier that week, Mount Desert Island High School became the first Maine school to convert completely to solar energy, producing more electricity then its yearly need, from its over 1400 roof top solar panels.
On September 20th, MDI High School and College of the Atlantic students rallied at the Bar Harbor Green, presenting seven demands for climate action and climate justice. Also speaking were Representative Brian Hubbel, a representatives from Congressman Jared Golden’s office and Mariana Orias Lopez, a College of the Atlantic student spoke about the burning Amazon rain forest.

Guests:
Mariana Orias Lopez – Bolivia, COA
Matilda Allen (MDI High School) Sofie Dowling (MDI High School), Laura Berry, Ania Wright (COA) Leelou Gordon Fox (COA, Unied Kingdom), Sage Verrier Leafsong (Maine, COA), Sirohi Kumar (MDI High School), Hunter Bishoff (COA), Felipe Andres Fontecilla Gutierrez (Chile, COA), Morgane Saint-Cyr (COA, Quebec, Canada), , Tina Drupa (COA Latvia), Emma Strevey (COA), Mafe Fernanda Farias Briseno (COA, Mexico), Katrine Oesterby (COA-Denmark),Thomas Korstanje (MDI High School)

Today’s program was co-produced by WERU FM/RadioActive and Sunlight Media Collective.

RadioActive 8/8/19: Taking a Stand Against White Supremacy Group in Maine

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco
Production assistance from Dawn Neptune Adams

We spoke with Mackenzie Swift, who took a stand against the white supremacist group “Maine for Mainers” on line and is now being targeted at her workplace, Slate’s in Hallowell.
We hear her experience and discuss the responsibility of businesses and communities in responding to white supremacy and supporting those targeted by harassment.
Our guests include Mackenzie Swift, Sass Linnekan with Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC) and Christine with the Central Maine Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ).

Guests:
Mackenzie Swift, Maine for Everyone
www.facebook.com/groups/1661178880692781/
Sass Linnekan with Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC)
resourcesforsocialchange.org/
Christine with the Central Maine Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
www.facebook.com/centralmainesurj/
www.showingupforracialjustice.org/

Article:
mainebeacon.com/white-supremacist-troll-storm-tactics-have-come-to-maine/

Today’s program was co-produced by WERU FM/RadioActive and Sunlight Media Collective.

RadioActive 7/25/19: Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act & Interview w/ Chief Francis

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

First Meeting of Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act and Interview with Chief Kirk Francis

a) Almost forty years after the settlement of the Maine Indian Land Claims, the Wabanaki Tribes in Maine struggle with oppressive State interpretations of jurisdictional issues folded into the Settlement Act which has put the Tribes in a category separate from other federally recognized Tribes throughout the country in regards to their sovereignty and the applicability of federal legislation.
b) In attempts to address this, the Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act, which held it’s first meeting Monday, July 22, 2019, at the Augusta State House. The charge of the task force is to review the 1980 Act to Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act and the 1989 Micmac Settlement Act, and to make recommendations for changes through legislation.
The Task Force is comprised of the Chiefs of the Penobscot, Passamquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet Tribes, two Maine Senators, three Maine Representatives and ex offico representation from the Governor’s Office, Maine Attorney General’s Office and the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission.
c) Today we hear some of the opening remarks by Chiefs, a Vice- Chief, and the Task Force Legislative co-chairs, and we interview Chief Kirk Francis of the Penobscot Nation.

Guests:
a) Senator Michael Carpenter, Senate Chair
b) Representative Donna Bailey, House Chair
c) Chief Edward Peter-Paul, Aroostook Band of the Micmacs
d) Chief Clarissa Sabattis, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians
e)Chief Kirk Francis, Penobscot Nation
f) Vice-Chief Maggie Dana, Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik
g) Chief William Nicholas, Sr, Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township, Motahkomikuk

Video and transcripts of the entire meeting can be viewed at www.sunlightmediacollective.org
Today’s program was produced with the Sunlight Media Collective.