York Public Library and York Ready for Climate Action to Host “The Climate Is Changing, and So Can You” Program Series

Jan 12, 2023 | News

York Public Library will host several programs focusing on climate change in an upcoming educational series entitled “The Climate Is Changing, and So Can You!”

In collaboration with York Ready for Climate Action, York Public Library will host eight community programs this February through May focusing on the actions individuals can take to reduce his/her carbon emissions.

In 2022, the Library invited panelists to explore issues relating to climate change in “The Future Is Now: Our Climate Realities” which was attended by over 500 people. Topics ranged from the impact of climate change on local fishing and Lyme disease to structural calls to actions across the state and the world.

Following the resounding public approval of York’s Climate Action Plan in May 2022, the 2023 series picks up where last year’s series ended: the path forward.

Each program will be held online via Zoom.

This year’s opening presentation, “So We Passed the Climate Action Plan…Now What?!” is scheduled for February 8 at 7 PM online. The Town of York will provide updates on the Climate Action Plan that was approved by York voters last May, and the citizen action group York Ready for Climate Action will discuss ways citizens can help reduce the community’s greenhouse gas emissions. Presenters include Dylan Smith and/or DeCarlo Brown of the York Planning Department, and Mac McAbee and Rozanna Patane of York Ready for Climate Action.

“The Climate Is Changing, and So Can You” will include presentations from other community and industry partners such as the York Selectboard, York Department of Public Works, York Land Trust, Center for Wildlife, York Recycling Committee, Efficiency Maine, Maine Clean Communities, Evergreen Home Performance, Pettigrew HVAC, Cornerstone Financial Planning, Revision Energy, University of Maine Mitchell Center for Sustainable Solutions, and others.

Following February 8th’s program will be: Weatherization and Heat Pump Heating Solutions (February 22);  Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure (March 8); Rooftop and Community Solar Options (March 22); Efficiency Maine Residential Offerings (April 12); Climate Friendly Investing (April 26); Climate Friendly Lawns and Gardens (May 10); and Food Systems and Celebrations (May 24).

More details about the events can be found online at yorkpubliclibrary.org/climate. All sessions will be recorded and available to watch online on the Library’s website, where last year’s climate series programs are also currently available to watch.