Climate Crisis Committee

MISSION STATEMENT

 

 

The CCC’s mission is to catalyze actions throughout the Belfast community for a sustainable future while adapting to climate change. We will:

 

          A. Educate the community by means of expert presentations, imaginative performances or exhibitions, interactive demonstration programs, surveys, and the like;

 

B. Engage the community by providing citizen-science programs, opportunities to participate in CCC projects, and other means;

 

          C. Collect local data, giving priority to data about relevant natural        ecosystems;

 

D. Offer recommendations to the City Council based on such data, so as to assist it in making policy decisions;

 

E. Collaborate whenever possible and useful with other groups in Maine—or national and international groups—having compatible missions.

 

 

CCC Established:

The CCC was established by the City Council on March 20, 2018 with a 1-year term. On March 19, 2019, the Council modified the term of the Committee, in recognition of the long-term goals it is pursuing. Members are now appointed to staggered 2-year terms. For further background, see “CCC Context”, below.

CCC Context:

In 2007, the City of Belfast established an Energy and Climate Committee, which was very active for about 5 years. Among several projects it undertook during that time, it researched and issued Belfast’s first carbon footprint report, 2007 Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Belfast, Maine (2008).

Since around 2014, that committee has returned to active status as the City’s Energy Committee, focusing on sustainability and cost-saving measures for our municipal operations and facilities. Its achievements have included approving solar arrays to power City operations, installing LED streetlights, and moving forward on weatherizing City buildings.

In contrast, the CCC has expanded climate-related work into the broader community, networking with other sustainability groups active throughout the state to help tackle the increasing complex impacts of climate change, especially for coastal communities. 


Membership: 

8 to 10 Members (including 2 Council members) with staggered 2-year terms, and a Student Member


  • Barbara Bell, Secretary
     Term Expires: July 1, 2023
  • Jonathan Beal
     Term Expires: July 1, 2022
  • Elizabeth Sterner
     Term Expires: July 1, 2022
  • Bernard Baker
     Term Expires: July 1, 2024
  • Beverly Roxby
     Term Expires: July 1, 2023
  • Fred Bowers, Chair
     Term Expires: July 1, 2023
  • Gerald Brand
     Term Expires: July 1, 2023
  • Council Seat Vacant
  • Jonah Lovejoy - Student Member – term began November 2020


Contact Us: Any mail for the CCC should be addressed to its Secretary, bcbell@aol.com

 

Meetings:

--First and third Monday of each month. On months with five Mondays, the committee may use the fifth Monday for work sessions or otherwise conduct extra business, per agenda.   


--The committee reserves a certain flexibility in scheduling its meetings, however, due to various factors. Anyone wanting to visit a meeting should check the City Calendar to see when our next meeting will be.

        

--8:00am-9:00am

--City Hall, Conference Room A

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

Belfast Shoreline Property Owners Meeting

 

The Belfast Climate Crisis Committee, an advisor to the Belfast City Council, facilitated a public meeting on July 6, 2022, at the Belfast Community Boathouse. The meeting purpose was to present information about the coming impact of our changing climate on shoreline properties. All of the property owners of record on the shoreline in the Belfast City limits were invited as the primary audience, but the event was advertised and open to the general public. 
 
 The afternoon began with presentations from a panel of experts, and was then opened to discussion with the attendees. It was well attended, with a ‘full house’ that was actively engaged. The presentations from two of the presenters, Peter A. Slovinsky, Marine Geologist, Maine Geological Survey and the Maine Climate Council, and William B. Gartley, P.E. of Gartley & Dorsky Engineering and Survey, are included below. Bub Fournier, Belfast's Director of Codes and Planning, discussed zoning and regulatory considerations in adaptation and hardening efforts. 
 
 This was the first of several meetings on the subject. Future meetings will center around detailed discussions on topics of interest to property owners. 
 
The entire meeting was videotaped, and is available online: https://vimeo.com/727779405 

 

The slides by Mssrs. Slovinsky and Gartley were supplied by their authors and are available online:

https://abcdbelfast.omeka.net/items/show/116

 

[All of Belfast: Climate Dialogues (ABCD) is a project of the Belfast Free Library. This project was made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. ABCD holds events, generates material, and engages independently with the Belfast community; it also works closely with the Climate Crisis Committee on planning or publicizing joint events for the community, as well as archiving materials of common interest to all.]

 


 

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ARCHIVES

 

LINKS for CCC PUBLIC FORUMS:

 

1. 10-7-’19  [Sea-Level Rise]

[Recap of our first report. We don’t have a link for this first one]

 

2. 11-4-’19 [What has CCC done so far and how can you help?]

https://vimeo.com/371268855      

 

3. 12-2-’20 [Go Solar Now]

https://vimeo.com/user30622033/review/377273363/1032c1c458   

Also, https://vimeo.com/390856301 

 

4. 1-13-’20 [Efficiency Maine & Window Dressers]

https://vimeo.com/384890518   

 

 

5. 2-10-’20 [Climate Emergency #1, student activists from all over]

https://vimeo.com/390856301  

 

6. 3-9-’20 [Climate Emergency #2, Should Belfast Declare a Climate Emergency?]

https://vimeo.com/396738584   

Also: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC90CvKWp6BavH2UEIBcQ-ww 

 

7. 9-28-’20 [Climate Change and the Future of Public Health] {Zoom}

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4yn99dzl9Q&t=604s  OR go to YouTube and search “Belfast Climate Crisis Committee.” 

 

8. 12-14-’20 [The Maine Climate Council’s Action Plan: What Does it Mean for Belfast?] {Zoom}

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DclGtm2alPI&list=PL4CxlaYUpHJwzQk00apvXeha7nxtgpKyF&index=15; [under Belfast Free Library]

Also, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DclGtm2alPI&feature=youtube  [also under Belfast Free Library]

 

9. 1-25-’21 [Little River Conversations]{Zoom}

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqeDtvYhY98  [under Belfast Crisis Climate Committee.]

 

10. 2-22-’21 [Maine Youth Climate Leaders] {Zoom}

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CyslFmqHgE  [under Belfast Crisis Climate Committee.]

 

11. 3-29-’21 [Carbon Neutrality] {Zoom}

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOLBzZk2ErE  [Under Belfast Free Library]

 

12. 6-22-’21 [Sea Level Rise, Storms and Citizen Science with Gayle Bowness] {Zoom} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdLRR_03L1o  [Under Belfast Free Library] 

This program launched the series “All of Belfast Climate Dialogues” (ABCD), sponsored by the Belfast Free Library, co-sponsored by the CCC

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PUBLICATIONS

 

SEA LEVEL RISE REPORTS:

Part One (issued September 2018)

                    Description of causes, impacts, risks, quantified, illustrated, current as of summer 2018. Sea Change in the Gulf of Maine: The Outlook for Belfast Part One: What We Can Expect (PDF)

 

Part Two (issued December 2018)

                        Cost of October 2017 storm; estimated costs of no action; estimated costs of possible actions. Sea Change in the Gulf of Maine: The Outlook for Belfast Part Two: Economic Vulnerabilities and Recommended Next Steps (PDF)

 

Part Three  (issued April 2019)

                        Recommended actions; schedule. Sea Change in the Gulf of Maine: The Outlook for Belfast Part Three: Ecosystem-based Resilience (PDF)

 

 

CLIMATE ACTION PLAN:

Belfast Climate Action Plan, Part One—April 9, 2021. Related to 3/29/21 public forum: “After Summit: How Do We Get to Carbon Neutrality by 2045?”

 

2019 Inventory of Community-Wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions:


Prologue to 2019 Greenhouse Gas (GHGI) Report

2019 Inventory of Community-Wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions



OTHER:

Report Concerning Community Outreach Meeting on the Future of the Little River—February 9, 2021 (PDF) 


Waldo County Climate Change Symposium Report: "Preparing for Tomorrow - Our Climate Future" 

Belfast Shoreline Property Owners Guide



 

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RESOURCES

 

Maine Climate Council (https://www.maine.gov/future/initiatives/climate/climate-council)

          State Climate Dashboard

            (https://climatecouncil.maine.gov/maine-climate-science-dashboard)

          State Climate Action Plan--“Maine Won’t Wait”

            (https://www.maine.gov/future/sites/maine.gov.future/files/inline-            files/MaineWontWait_December2020.pdf)

 

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