In June, the Maine Climate Council received 35 recommendations developed by six working groups between November 2019 and June 2020. Governor Mills and the state legislature established the council in 2019 and asked them to deliver a proposed State Climate Action Plan by December of this year. An assembly of scientists, industry leaders, bipartisan local and state officials, and engaged citizens working to address the effects of climate change on our state, the Maine Climate Council has begun to assess the working group recommendations as they develop a proposed action plan for the Governor and state legislators to consider later this year. The recommendations are divided into the following six categories:
- Coastal and Marine
- Buildings, Infrastructure, and Housing
- Community Resilience, Public Health and Emergency Management
- Natural and Working Lands
The Council is soliciting feedback and encourages interested parties to share their opinions. Maine land trusts are an important voice to add to that feedback. The Climate Council website also shares some of the latest Maine-based climate-science data and other background information.