About Environment Maine
Who we are
Environment Maine is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. We believe there’s so much that is special about Maine that needs to be protected and preserved for future generations. Whether it’s kayaking along Acadia’s rocky coastline, canoeing on the Allagash or hiking Mount Katahdin, Maine’s natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways.
Yet the places we love and the environmental values that so many of us share are too often threatened by powerful industries, shortsighted politicians and more. Defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action.
That’s the idea behind Environment Maine. Together with thousands of our supporters from all walks of life, we take the kind of action that wins tangible results for our environment.
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What we do
Funded by supporters like you, we research the challenges confronting Maine’s environment and educate the public about what’s at stake. Through our research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-eds, letters to the editor, and more, we raise awareness of environmental issues and advance sensible solutions. Our canvassers meet people where they are — in public places or at their door — raising awareness, recruiting supporters and activists, and raising funds to support our work.
When decisions are being made about Maine’s environment, our elected officials hear plenty from big developers, oil companies and other powerful interests. We make the case for our environment and help people like you make your voice heard, through lobbying, testimony, petitions, emails, phone calls and more, all delivered to the right people when it matters most.
Become a member
Join thousands of your friends and neighbors in protecting our air, water and open spaces by becoming a member of Environment Maine today.
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Putting your support to work
- Keeping tar sands out of Maine. ExxonMobil wants to pump tar sands from Canada to Casco Bay for export, threatening Sebago Lake, the Crooked River and other Maine treasures in the process. We’re organizing the public and political support needed to stop this dangerous project and protect Sebago Lake, Casco Bay and all of Maine from tar sands — the dirtiest oil on Earth.
- Cleaning up the air we breathe. Gov. Paul LePage continues to work to undermine Maine’s core environmental protections. We have fought back by working to stop the governor’s proposal to exempt Maine from clean air standards required across 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, despite the success of these standards in reducing haze, improving visibility at parks like Acadia, and improving public health.
- Supporting local, sustainable agriculture. Maine has so many healthy, local farms, but we import more of our food from out of state than any other state in the continental U.S. Too much of this imported food comes from big factory farms that pollute waterways, foul the air and fuel global warming. We’re working to change this by enabling Maine’s small, sustainable farms to feed more of our state.