ABCD Events

Upcoming Events

Call for Art: "The Art of Re-Climation"

April / May 2022 Exhibit

Mother Nature Holds Her Breath chalk painting
"Mother Nature Holds Her Breath" by Mj Viano Crowe

As part of the ABCD project, the Belfast Free Library is calling for submissions of art that responds to the current climate crisis for an exhibit in the Kramer Gallery titled “The Art of Re-Climation.”

We are looking for submissions that express climate change impacts, concerns or hopes for a future of reclaiming the earth’s climate balance.

The exhibit will be curated by Belfast artist Mj Viano Crowe and Brenda Harrington, program librarian at the Belfast Free Library. Submissions are due January 21, 2022. The exhibit will take place April through May 2022. We will also include pieces in an online digital collection dedicated to the exhibit.

Please submit digital pictures of your art to Brenda Harrington at [email protected] by January 21, 2022. Please include title, date and medium of the work. We will announce the selections by February 8, 2022.


Maine’s Climate Future: The Role of Carbon Management in Farms and Forests with Dr. Ivan Fernandez

Tuesday, January 25 at 6:30 PM on Zoom

Dr. Ivan Fernandez, University of Maine

This winter the Belfast Garden Club Evening Lecture Series co-sponsored by the All of Belfast Climate Dialogues, a project of the Belfast Free Library,  will focus on the effects of the Climate Crisis on our forests, farms, gardens and food supply.

Register for the Zoom link here.

This presentation will address three main topics.  First Ivan Fernandez will summarize key findings from climate assessments focused on Maine, primarily the Maine’s Climate Future reports and the assessment report of the Maine Climate Council’s Scientific and Technical Subcommittee. Then he will discuss how farms and forests can contribute to what is often called ‘Natural Climate Solutions’. He will talk about soils and soil health, primarily considering soils on farms, and how enhancing soil organic carbon can promote both the resilience of the soil in light of climate risks as well as contribute to reducing atmospheric carbon concentrations. The presentation will also summarize forest  management recommendations from the recent Governor’s Task Force on a Forest Carbon Program in Maine.

Dr. Fernandez is a Professor in the School of Forest Resources, Climate Change Institute, and School of Food and Agriculture at the University of Maine. He has served on various U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board committees in Washington DC since 2000. He represents the University of Maine in the USDA Northeast Climate Hub and has been involved in leading the Maine’s Climate Future assessments in 2009, 2015, and 2020.


Browntail Moth and What You Need to Know

Tuesday, February 1st at 6:30 PM on Zoom

Tom Schmeelk in the field

Tuesday February 1st at 6:30 pm the Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will host this virtual presentation with entomologist Tom Schmeelk.

Browntail moth is a non-native species that poses human health risks as well as concerns for forest health. This species is currently experiencing a population boom in Maine. This presentation will cover lifecycle, history, current situation and what to look for as well as management and mitigation strategies. Also covered will be emerald ash borer, one of the more recent threats to Maine’s forest.

Register for the Zoom link here.

Tom Schmeelk is an Entomologist with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the program lead on the brown tail moth.

This program is cosponsored with the All of Belfast Climate Dialogues project, Belfast Garden Club, Friends of Belfast Parks, and Friends of Sears Island.


Past Events

Growing Resilience: local farmers respond to climate change.


 Thursday January 20th, 6:30PM 

The All of Belfast Climate Dialogues project will host a panel discussion with  farmers from three Waldo County Farms:
 Bahner Farm (Belmont), Daisy Chain Farm (Belfast) and Dickey Hill Farm (Monroe).

Register for the zoom link here

As outlined in Maine’s Climate Future report (UMaine Climate Change Institute 2009 and 2020), extreme weather events due to climate change pose particular challenges for Maine’s farms. Warmer temperatures harm vegetables, reduce fruit production and stress livestock. More intense rain events cause run-off and wash-outs and don’t replenish the water table. The longer and drier summers Maine is experiencing can require crops to need irrigation. These are but some of the issues our local food producers face.

Our panel of farmers will discuss how the effects of climate change - including droughts, floods, pests and extreme weather events - have challenged and changed their farming practices, and answer your questions.


Finding Hope in the Face of Climate Change

Tuesday, November 30th at 6:30 PM on Zoom

Watch the recording here

Ordinary people have more power to change the world than they think they do. But it is hard to stay positive and motivated in the face of devastating weather and constant bad news about politics and the environment. Join us as we welcome author Susan B. Inches for a presentation on how to find your power and take action for the environment—as an advocate or within current daily activities. By working together, we can create a healthy future where all life is respected, revered and nurtured. This talk will show you how.

About the Speaker: Susan B. Inches is author of the newly released book, Advocating for the Environment: How to Gather Your Power and Take Action. Sue has worked in public policy for over 25 years. As Deputy Director of the State Planning Office, she conducted research, designed and led public engagement processes, and lobbied on behalf of the Governor. Prior to this Sue worked with the fishing, aquaculture and seafood processing industries as a Director at the Department of Marine Resources and chaired the Board of Coastal Enterprises, a Community Finance Development Corporation providing funding to low income areas in Maine and nationally. Sue now works as an author, consultant, teacher and advocate with a focus on the environment and climate change. She developed and teaches a course called Advocating for the Environment at several colleges, and offers public workshops on the same topic. Sue holds a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic and MBA from the University of New Hampshire.

 

This presentation is part of the ongoing series of programs for the All of Belfast Climate Dialogues project.


An Introduction to: “The Warming Sea” a symphony about Climate Change by Lucas Richman

Thursday November 4th at 6:30 PM on Zoom

Lucas Richman, composer

In January of 2019, Kate Dickerson, Founder & Director of the Maine Science Festival, commissioned Grammy award winning composer, Lucas Richman, to write a symphonic piece about climate change in the Gulf of Maine. The Maine Science Festival team arranged a series of discussions between Richman and climate experts up and down the coast of Maine. These conversations, as well as perspectives provided by middle school students throughout Maine, provided the foundation for “The Warming Sea.”

Join us for a discussion about the creation of The Warming Sea, a symphonic work to be debuted by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in March of 2022. Lucas Richman has served as the Music Director of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra since 2010.

Watch the recording on our YouTube channel

This presentation is part of the ongoing series of programs for the All of Belfast Climate Dialogues project.


Maine Won’t Wait: How Maine is Taking Action on Climate Change with Dr. Cassaundra Rose

Thursday October 21st at 6:30 pm on Zoom :

Dr. Cassaundra Rose is a senior science analyst and the Maine Climate Council coordinator in the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future. Dr. Rose will talk about how climate change is expected to affect Maine, the state climate action plan, Maine Won’t Wait, and how Governor Mills and the Legislature have advanced significant, bipartisan legislation and funding for climate action this year.

Watch the presentation here.

This program is also part of the ongoing series of programs for the All of Belfast Climate Dialogues.

Hosted by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition and All of Belfast: Climate Dialogues (ABCD), a project of the Belfast Free Library.


Belfast High Water Mark Project & New Tide Gauge Presentation

Friday October 8th at 3:00 PM
Location: Belfast breakwater, adjacent to the City boat ramp and the Harbormaster’s office

The Belfast Climate Crisis Committee is pleased to announce that on Friday, 10/8/21at 3:00 p.m., there will be a gathering to introduce the High Water Mark project, a joint effort of the City of Belfast, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Maine Geologic Service, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Representatives of these supporting organizations will discuss the origins and goals of the project; Belfast is one of several places on the Maine coast where historic high water events are being documented.

During this gathering, the Committee will also highlight other aspects of the City’s multiple projects, designed to provide accurate, long term data on the water and weather conditions on Belfast Bay.

US Harbors will describe the innovative GPS-based water level sensor system installed by Divirod on 9/29/21 at the end of the breakwater, and the Climate Crisis Committee, and staff and students from Belfast Area High School, will describe their tide gauges and the weather station, installed on the City pier with support from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Click here to watch the event:


Storm Surge in the Penobscot Bay and River: Observations and Lessons Learned

Thursday September 16th at 6:30 pm on Zoom

Preston Spicer

The Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition are once again co-sponsoring the upcoming fall and winter series of programs on Zoom.

Storm surges can be a threat to life and property in coastal regions during tropical and mid-latitude storm events. The State of Maine is most prone to storm surges resulting from mid-latitude winter storms, typically called “nor’easters”. When nor’easters track far enough inland, there is often a strong wind directed from the south over coastal Maine which enhances surge in Maine’s many estuaries.

We present observations of surge during two of these “windstorms” in one of the states largest estuaries: the Penobscot Bay and River system. We discuss the unique citizen scientist monitored water level network, which was created to capture these observations, as well as some interesting findings from each storm.

A presentation with Preston Spicer, PhD Candidate, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Maine

Watch the presentation on YouTube.

Hosted by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition and All of Belfast: Climate Dialogues (ABCD), a project of the Belfast Free Library.


Hot Enough For You? A community discussion on extreme heat

Thursday August 26th at 6:00 pm on Zoom

Belfast Maine community discussion on extreme heatJoin us for a Climate Conversation about extreme heat:

HOT ENOUGH FOR YOU?

It’s going to get hotter.

We are hosting a public discussion on Thursday 8/26 to hear how you have gotten through the extreme heat this summer, and to hear your concerns and suggestions for the future.

  • Do you or someone in your family suffer medically from the heat?
  • Are you concerned about a neighbor or friend?
  • Do you have air conditioning? Can you get to a cool place on very hot days?
  • Should the Belfast community take any steps to prepare for future periods of extreme heat?

Join by Zoom at 6:00 pm on Thursday, August 26, 2021 to share your ideas and experiences.

Zoom link (there is no need to pre-register for this event):
https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/87957820771

Click here to download an information sheet on heat and the human body.

Can't attend the discussion, but want to share your thoughts or concerns? Email us at [email protected].

Hosted by the Belfast Climate Crisis Committee and All of Belfast: Climate Dialogues (ABCD), a project of the Belfast Free Library.


Farmer's Market conversations: How is climate change impacting you?

Friday August 27th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Belfast Farmer's Market (at Waterfall Arts)

Calling all Belfast residents! How is climate change impacting you, your family and your community?The ABCD project will have a table at the Belfast Farmer's Market on Friday, August 27th. Come say hello, learn more about the project, and share how climate change is impacting you, your family and the Belfast area community. Bring your photos, videos, and stories to add to the ABCD website!

Concerned about extreme heat days? Worried about sea level rise? Afraid of ticks and brown tail moths? Confused about community solar? Curious about heat pumps? Wondering about impacts for farmers, fishermen, foresters, or others?

We invite you to share your concerns, observations, and hopes about the impacts of climate change in our region and our response to it.

Location: Belfast Farmer's Market, Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street, Belfast


Follow-up Conversation for "Sea Level Rise, Storms, and Citizen Science"

Thursday June 24 at 6:30 pm on Zoom

Join us for a Climate Conversation and to learn more about the ABCD project:
Register for the 6:30pm zoom link here.

“Sea Level Rise, Storms, and Citizen Science”

Tuesday, June 21st at 6:30 pm on Zoom

The first ABCD program, “Sea Level Rise, Storms, and Citizen Science” was presented in collaboration with the Climate Crisis Committee on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. View the presentation here on YouTube.

Gayle Bowness, Coastal Resilience Program Manager at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute joined us to explain why sea level rise in the Gulf of Maine is causing more cities and towns along the coast to experience frequent flooding.

She also shared exciting updates to the Coastal Flooding Citizen Science Project that was launched in Belfast in 2020.