Stay in Touch - Keep Talking About It - and Together, Let’s Turn Community Conversations into Action ~ August 2023
In this final issue: Join us for ABCD’s final celebration on August 29th! Grant funding is ending but the Library continues to support climate action & education.
Newsflash ~ Final ABCD Events in August ~ August 2023 Newsletter
In this issue: Join us for ABCD final events! ABCD grant funding is coming to a close but the Library continues to support climate action & education.
“Community Resilience for the Climate Emergency”, Community Compost & Belfast Climate Solution Plans ~ July 2023 Newsletter
In this issue: Planning is under way for community composting in Belfast; NASA climate scientist and award-winning author Dr. Peter Kalmus speaking on "Community Resilience for the Climate Emergency" (July 19th at the Library and on Zoom); Draft Comprehensive Plan Update for Belfast includes climate solutions strategies; Belfast is applying for grant to install heat pumps in City-owned buildings... and more!
Climate Action Plan Delivered to City Council; Belfast Application for Community Resilience Partnership ~ June 2023 Newsletter
In this issue: Final draft of Climate Action Plan submitted to Belfast City Council & City process for applying for Maine's Community Resilience Partnership; a free class on being a city councilor; & report on Sustainable Communities day.
Sustainable Communities Day on June 1st ~ May 2023 Newsletter
In this issue: Sustainable Communities Day June 1st with Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition; Mainer's Guide to Climate Incentives; Pollinator Week June 19-25; and A Climate To Thrive's statewide conference June 22nd on transforming Maine’s energy system for a livable future.
Celebrating Earth Month ~ April 2023 Newsletter
In this Earth Month 2023 edition:
Lots to talk about! Updates on what ABCD and the Climate Crisis Committee have been up to; ways we can all help create more sustainable landscapes; a sampling of wonderful local Earth Day & Earth Month Events; and a question: What does our community need to move forward on climate action planning?
Community Roundup of Belfast Events & Actions Addressing Climate Change ~ March 2023 Newsletter
In this issue: Learn about all the positive actions & events happening in the Belfast area community around climate change!
Updates from “Future of Transportation in Belfast & Waldo County” Event ~ February 2023 Newsletter
In this issue: Takeaways & City updates from our exciting “Future of Transportation” conversation; upcoming events including Community Composting.
A new group called “Walk & Roll Belfast” is also being created to help citizens band together to create more active transit in our community! SIGN UP to learn more - send your email address to [email protected] to be added to the email list!
The Future of Transportation in Waldo County ~ January 2023 Newsletter
In this issue: Come attend a Community Climate Conversation on February 9th, about reducing greenhouse gases from transportation in Waldo County. Check out some great resources and actions discussed at our December "Modernizing Our Homes & Buildings" discussion. Mark your calendars for lots of other great events coming up including the Belfast Garden Club's winter lecture series.
Modernizing Our Homes & Buildings ~ November/December 2022 Newsletter
In this issue: You're invited to a Belfast Community Climate Conversation on December 8, to discuss how our community can modernize our homes & buildings for energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gases.
Building Resilience for Big Storms and Flooding ~ October 2022 Newsletter
In this issue: You're invited to a Belfast Community Climate Conversation on October 18, to discuss how our community can best handle stormwater flooding & drought.
Community Climate Conversations: Help Belfast Be Resilient to Stormwater Flooding ~ September 2022 Newsletter
In this issue: An invitation to give input on stormwater impacts in Belfast on Tuesday, October 18th at 6:00 PM [rescheduled from the 11th]; re-cap of electric vehicles at the Harbor Fest; & lots of September events!
Photo Contest Winners & A Moment for Good News ~ August 2022 Newsletter
In this issue: ANNOUNCING the winners of the "Celebrating Belfast ~ Places & Play! All Of Belfast: Climate Dialogues 2022 Photo Contest"; also some good news and resources around climate change.
An Inspiring Night of Community Input to Belfast's Climate Action Plan ~ July 2022 Newsletter
In this issue: Check out the inspiring community input from the June 14 public meeting on Belfast's Climate Action Plan; upcoming events; and LAST CALL for the ABCD Photo Contest (deadline July 15th)! We also reflect on last week's Supreme Court decision limiting the EPA's authority; and share hopeful notes from Maine's June 17 "Communities Leading on Climate" conference.
Celebrating Belfast ~ Places & Play! All of Belfast: Climate Dialogues 2022 Photo Contest ~ June 2022 Newsletter
In this issue: Your input is needed on Belfast's draft Climate Action Plan! Community discussion on Tuesday, June 14th at 6:00 PM in the Abbott Room at the Libary (also available on Zoom). Also announcing the ABCD Photo Contest ~ deadline July 15th. Share your photo of the things you love most about Belfast and our corner of Maine… What activities and places bring you joy and gratitude?
Looking Back to See Ahead ~ May 2022 Newsletter
In this issue: This month, ABCD has 2 programs that examine historic and current climate change here in the Belfast area and in Maine - including a May 10th presentation by Belfastian and doctoral candidate at Georgetown University, Emma Moesswilde (pictured), "Living With Thin Ice: Past Perspectives on Climate Change in Belfast, Maine."
Earth Day, Every Day ~ April 2022 Newsletter
In this Earth Day / Earth Week-themed issue: Check out the series of inspiring events and activities in and around Belfast during Earth Week 2022, and give your input to the Belfast Climate Action Plan!
Building Hope Together ~ March 2022 Newsletter
In this hope-themed issue: Learn about the recent Waldo County Climate Change Symposium, register for our upcoming event "Deep Woods: How Climate Change Impacts Forests & How Forests Slow Climate Change", and give your input to the Belfast Climate Action Plan!
Has Your Livelihood or Business Been Affected by Climate Change? ~ February 2022 Newsletter
In this issue: Summary of our recent farmer panel discussion; upcoming events; new books in the Library's climate change collection; and an invitation to tell us how your business or job is affected by climate change, and how you are adapting.
Climate Hopes & Plans for the New Year ~ January 2022 Newsletter
In this issue: Reflections from the ABCD team; upcoming events including a Waldo County Farmer Panel on January 20th; and how you can get involved with the project, hear what climate concerns your neighbors have, and share your own thoughts and hopes for the coming year.
A Climate-friendly Holiday Season ~ December 2021 Newsletter
In this issue: We are excited to feature offerings from local Belfast businesses who have shared their climate-friendly holiday ideas with ABCD. Enter our holiday book giveaway! Sign up for our Tuesday 11/30 online event with author Sue Inches, “Finding Hope in the Face of Climate Change.” We are also putting out a Call for Art for an upcoming spring Library exhibit, "The Art of Re-Climation."
November 2021 Newsletter
In this issue: Climate migrant stories submitted by local Belfast residents on the ABCD website; Belfast leads the planet with local tidal data collection and community planning for sea level rise; upcoming events including an intro to "The Warming Sea" symphony, and "Finding Hope in the Face of Climate Change."
(Note that you can watch past events anytime on the Library's YouTube ABCD playlist!)
October 2021 Newsletter
In our first issue: An intro to the ABCD project; a quick survey about your top climate concerns; upcoming events including "Maine Won't Wait: How Maine is Taking Action on Climate Change with Dr. Cassaundra Rose".
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All of Belfast: Climate Dialogues began in 2020 as a grant-funded project to facilitate conversations among a broad cross-section of the Belfast community about climate change. The ABCD project became a presence in the community, establishing the Library as a source for information and a gathering place for conversation about the climate crisis and community response. From 2020-2023, ABCD held over 35 educational programs & community conversations engaging well over 1,000 people. The Library will continue to offer educational programming on topics around the climate crisis; and will continue supporting citizens to take action.