Producer/Host: Ron Beard
In the face of a changing climate, Maine communities are working to help families, businesses and local governments take steps, both to reduce green-house gasses and to adapt to the consequences. Citizens are listening to one another, devising plans and enacting policies that are grounded locally, but connected across the state.
Guests Tony Ferrara, of Climate Action Net on the Blue Hill Peninsula, Martha Dickinson of the Ellsworth Green Action Team, Hank Reisner of the Belfast Climate Crisis Committee, Lawson Wulsin, of A Climate to Thrive, on Mount Desert Island and Ania Wright, from the Maine Climate Council talk about what inspires them and what projects are making a difference locally.
About the host:
Ron Beard is producer and host of Talk of the Towns, which first aired on WERU in 1993 as part of his community building work as an Extension professor with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant. He took all the journalism courses he could fit in while an undergraduate student in wildlife management and served as an intern with Maine Public Television nightly newscast in the early 1970s. Ron is an adjunct faculty member at College of the Atlantic, teaching courses on community development. Ron served on the Bar Harbor Town Council for six years and is currently board chair for the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, where he has lived since 1975. Look for him on the Allagash River in June, and whenever he can get away, in the highlands of Scotland where he was fortunate to spend two sabbaticals.