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Earthrise poem by Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman, December 2018, presented her original “Earthrise” four-minute poem as part of a Climate Reality Project “24 hours of reality” campaign. “It is a hope that implores us at an uncompromising core to keep rising up for an Earth more than worth fighting for.”

Earthrise poem by Amanda Gorman –

On Christmas Eve, 1968, astronaut Bill Anders
Snapped a photo of the earth
As Apollo 8 orbited the moon.

Those three guys
Were surprised
To see from their eyes
Our planet looked like an earthrise
A blue orb hovering over the moon’s gray horizon,
with deep oceans and silver skies.

It was our world’s first glance at itself
Our first chance to see a shared reality,
A declared stance and a commonality;

A glimpse into our planet’s mirror,
And as threats drew nearer,
Our own urgency became clearer,
As we realize that we hold nothing dearer
than this floating body we all call home.

We’ve known
That we’re caught in the throes
Of climactic changes some say
Will just go away,
While some simply pray
To survive another day;
For it is the obscure, the oppressed, the poor,
Who when the disaster
Is declared done,
Still suffer more than anyone.

Climate change is the single greatest challenge of our time,

Of this, you’re certainly aware.
It’s saddening, but I cannot spare you
From knowing an inconvenient fact, because
It’s getting the facts straight that gets us to act and not to wait.

So I tell you this not to scare you,
But to prepare you, to dare you
To dream a different reality,

Where despite disparities
We all care to protect this world,
This riddled blue marble, this little true marvel
To muster the verve and the nerve
To see how we can serve
Our planet. You don’t need to be a politician
To make it your mission to conserve, to protect,
To preserve that one and only home
That is ours,
To use your unique power
To give next generations the planet they deserve.

We are demonstrating, creating, advocating

We heed this inconvenient truth, because we need to be anything but lenient
With the future of our youth.

And while this is a training,
in sustaining the future of our planet,
There is no rehearsal. The time is
Now
Now
Now,
Because the reversal of harm,
And protection of a future so universal
Should be anything but controversial.

So, earth, pale blue dot
We will fail you not.

Just as we chose to go to the moon
We know it’s never too soon
To choose hope.
We choose to do more than cope
With climate change
We choose to end it—
We refuse to lose.
Together we do this and more
Not because it’s very easy or nice
But because it is necessary,
Because with every dawn we carry
the weight of the fate of this celestial body orbiting a star.
And as heavy as that weight sounded, it doesn’t hold us down,
But it keeps us grounded, steady, ready,
Because an environmental movement of this size
Is simply another form of an earthrise.

To see it, close your eyes.
Visualize that all of us leaders in this room
and outside of these walls or in the halls, all
of us changemakers are in a spacecraft,
Floating like a silver raft
in space, and we see the face of our planet anew.
We relish the view;
We witness its round green and brilliant blue,
Which inspires us to ask deeply, wholly:
What can we do?
Open your eyes.
Know that the future of
this wise planet
Lies right in sight:
Right in all of us. Trust
this earth uprising.
All of us bring light to exciting solutions never tried before
For it is our hope that implores us, at our uncompromising core,
To keep rising up for an earth more than worth fighting for.

Oceanside Conservation Trust Climate Change Observatory Sites

Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay (OCT) is part of the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative’s Climate Change Observatory Network. OCT has installed a Climate Change Observatory (CCO) site on Long Island, Little Diamond Island and Cliff Island. Crowdsourced photos taken by community members, visitors and stewards at each of the CCO photo monitoring post locations are instantly integrated into the sites time lapse video to help monitor environmental changes that occur over time and to assist with the observation, measurement and documentation of long-term climate change trends in our communities.

Thank You For Your Support: Year End Recap 2021

We are grateful for the encouragement and strength so many people provided to help us advance our mission. Your input, participation and support is and will continue to be vital to our work. We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities we provide as we push forward with our vision in 2022. We share our successes with you, our supporters, friends, partners and colleagues. We welcome newcomers with open arms to join us and learn more about the challenges we face and how we can all act to overcome them, as we come together to shape a better future for people and nature.

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  • Setting the stage for future trailblazers.
  • Tackling issues at the root.
  • Leading conversations on Maine’s changing climate.
  • Supporting our communities to build climate resilience.
  • Initiating innovative mechanisms to support land conservation especially in underserved communities.

By making even a small donation today, you play an important role in building our collective momentum to create effective change needed to protect and transform our communities for the benefit of all. Thank you!

King Middle School Deering Oaks Restoration Project

King Middle School students are the stewards of a portion of Deering Oaks Park in Portland, ME. Since 2016, King students have dedicated their time and focused their learning towards helping to restore the park to a native Maine ecosystem. Through the planting and maintenance of native species, King students are creating an ecosystem that hosts wildlife, educating the public and building a long term data set to monitor the health of the ecosystem. All of this work is accomplished through collaboration with local organizations and experts including: Maine Audubon; Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative; Friends of Deering Oaks; and US Fish & Wildlife.

Press Release: King Middle School To Join In Sign Unveiling

Press Herald / The Forecaster: School Notebook Dec. 1, 2021

About King Middle School

King Middle School’s mission is to awaken our students to the possibilities around them, as leaders in their own learning. To instill a sense of wonder and personal agency that can only be achieved through the exploration of real-world challenges and their potential solutions. To accept students as they are, and in so doing, encourage them to discover their best selves.

King Middle School is part of the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative Climate Change Observatory Network, a photo monitoring program designed to work with environmental organizations and communities to assist with the observation, measurement and documentation of long-term climate change trends.

King Tide Event at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center causes flooding

Community members help document the effect that extreme tide events have on beaches, coastal bays and estuaries by submitting photos at Climate Change Observatory Sites in Southern Maine. Watch the video to see footage of a King Tide event occurring November 5th, 2021 at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center.

King tides refer to the highest tides that occur over the course of a year when the gravitational pull of the sun and moon reinforce each other. These tides,  occur when the moon is closest to the Earth. Learn more about tides and tide cycles.

We can get a sense for the impact of future sea level rise by observing the King Tide event. The Maine Geological Survey recommended in The Maine Climate Council assessment of climate change report that the state “commit” to manage for 1.5 feet of relative sea level rise by 2050 and 3.9 feet of sea level rise by the year 2100, and “prepare” to manage for 3 feet of relative sea level rise by 2050 and 8.8 feet of sea level rise by the year 2100.

The King Tide water levels are 4+ feet higher than the lowest high tide of the month. Watch the video to get a glimpse of what may represent the future normal.

[Resource Info: NOAA] What is a King Tide (also known as a perigean spring tide)?

A perigean spring tide occurs when the moon is either new or full and closest to Earth.

Perigean Spring Tides and Coastal Flooding

Coastal flooding doesn’t always occur whenever there is a perigean spring tide. However, perigean spring tides combined with seasonal changes in the tide and mean sea level may cause minor coastal flooding in some low-lying areas, often referred to as “high tide flooding” or “nuisance flooding”. Major coastal flooding typically occurs in response to strong onshore winds and barometric pressure changes from a coastal storm. If a storm strikes during a perigean spring tide, flooding could be significantly worse than it otherwise would have been. In some instances, perigean spring tides have coincided with a shift in offshore ocean circulation patterns and large scale shifts in wind that have resulted in unexpected coastal flooding. It is expected that occurrences of minor high tide flooding at the times of perigean spring tides will increase even more as sea level rises relative to the land. NOAA’s tide and tidal current predictions take into account astronomical considerations due to the position of the moon and the sun. LEARN MORE – VISIT NOAA FACTS


Help monitor environmental changes occuring throughout the year by contributing photos at Climate Change Observatory Sites in Maine. The photos are stitched into a time lapse video and provide local data that helps  scientists and community stakeholders make more informed decisions in order to build resiliency to address sea level rise in our communities.

Click on a Climate Change Observatory (CCO) Site link below to find out where a coastal site is located at and to view the time lapse video created from the crowdsourced photos contributed at the CCO location.

Click here to learn more about the Climate Change Observatory Network

Outlook with Laura Bither

Outlook explores variables that shape and influence individuals relationships with nature and how they seek to inspire, adapt and reimagine what conservation can look like moving forward in a world where Climate Change is affecting a broad range of human and natural systems.


Laura Bither, Regional Youth Hub Coordinator with JustME for JustUS

—-What are you passionate about and how does that play out in your work:

My passion is climate justice and outdoor accessibility for all. The Scarborough Marsh Climate Change Observatory (CCO) site is ADA-accessible, which is a necessary and obvious step in inclusivity. The restorative benefits of nature are especially vital for folks who are combating ableism, white supremacy, settler colonialism, and capitalism in their everyday lives because of the identities they present.

I’m thrilled about the participatory model of the Climate Change Observatory Network (CCON). In a place like the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center that gets a lot of tourists, visitors develop only a transient, transactional relationship with the land. Bringing in a program that fosters in visitors an intentional engagement with the land is crucial as we adapt to climate change and reframe our relationship to the land to be one of reciprocity rather than of extraction.

In my roles this past summer as the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center Environmental Education Intern and the Maine Environmental Changemakers Community Organizer I created and authored a project on climate change and sea level rise. By focusing on the stories of youth and fisherfolk – those typically left unheard in the traditional environmental movement – I centered on the challenges Maine coastal communities face and their visions for a climate-resilient future. A digital version will be posted to the Maine Audubon website, and a physical display will be mounted next spring on the front of the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center.

In my current role as the Regional Youth Hub Coordinator with JustME for JustUS I am driven by a mission to create a strong youth-led network of civic engagement and climate justice work in rural Maine. I feel incredibly lucky to work with an organization and leaders in the climate justice movement to shift power toward a shared goal of equity and justice for all Mainers. Through a series of political power trainings and micro grants to support youth projects, we are dedicated to supporting the awesome civic engagement and climate justice work that youth are putting forward. We must center youth voices in policy and planning as we reimagine our future with climate change.

POEM: vacationland by Laura Bither