Climate Matters Maine, a new group to the midcoast, is organizing a Climate Matters Town Hall at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, at Watts Hall in Thomaston to begin exploring the question: What can we do here in Maine to address the climate crisis and to promote social justice?

The speakers will include climate activist and state Rep. Chloe Maxmin, who introduced Maine’s Green New Deal act in the last session of the Legislature and saw it through passage into law in an altered form that emphasizes workforce development within the context of fighting the climate crisis. It was supported by the AFL-CIO.

Maxmin will speak on topics including techniques for organizing around the climate crisis. At 27 years old, she has been a climate activist for 14 years and cofounded the Divest Harvard campaign aimed at getting her university out of investments in fossil fuel companies. Maxmin represents District 88, encompassing Chelsea, Whitefield, Jefferson and parts of Nobleboro.

The town hall will also include break-out sessions in which participants can hear from people already involved in climate-related issues. The local Indivisible group will lead a breakout session on climate protest. Other planned topics range from eco-socialism, to making the food system more climate friendly, to labor issues and local participation in nationwide climate strikes planned for September 20 to 27 (See globalclimatestrike.net.)

This is the second event in less than a month organized by Climate Matters Maine, a group formed this spring in midcoast Maine to help advance local, state and national policy proposals that would address climate change. The group has worked on both events in association with the local branch of the Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America.

The brainchild of Isabelle Holt, science educator for the Hurricane Island Foundation, Climate Matters Maine’s first event, in August, was in Rockland and aimed at better educating and mobilizing other concerned locals about the benefits of the Green New Deal as outlined by the Sunrise Movement.

The group said in a release that it is hoping its September 12 event in Thomaston will draw an even bigger crowd and spur other groups to form and act on a variety of crisis-related issues around midcoast Maine.

Watts Hall is located at 174 Main Street in Thomaston. Childcare available. All are welcome.