Old News Archive

Portland : Parade and Rally to stop Global Warming

April 07, 2007 - TRC

“New Coast” Parade and Rally in Portland to Stop Global Warming
(and 29 other events statewide – see below)

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Sara Lovitz – 800-287-2345 ext 205, SaraL@nrcm.org

.Belly dancers, guerilla tango dancers, jugglers, hybrid cars and drivers, and other Mainers donning snorkels, masks and more will demonstrate their concern about the catastrophic effects of global warming at the New Coast Parade and Rally on Saturday April 14 in Portland to urge Congress to put America on the path towards reducing carbon emissions 80% by 2050.

The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. from Post Office Park at the corner of Exchange and Middle Streets, and proceeds along the route where Portland's "new coast" will be if there is a 20-foot rise in sea-level. Leading scientists project such a rise may occur by the end of the century due to global warming unless action is taken quickly.

The parade ends with a noontime rally at Monument Square featuring live music by Matt Loosigian; talks by Speaker of the Maine House Glen Cummings, Rep. Jon Hinck and many other local lawmakers, as well as Rev. Kitsy Winthrop of Portland. In addition, Monument Square will be filled with information tables and displays of solar electricity and hot water, hybrid cars, efficient lighting, biodiesel and more.

This event is sponsored by the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine Interfaith Power and Light and MENSK as part of the “Step It Up” campaign, the largest day of citizen action focusing on global warming in our nation’s history.

Parade starts Saturday April 14 at 11:00 a.m. at Post Office Park (where Exchange St. meets Middle St., one block east of the Nickelodeon Theater) in Portland. Noontime rally in Monument Square, featuring music, speakers and exhibits.

TIP – For a group shot, try looking towards Boothby Square from the top of the Custom House parking garage between 11:15 and 11:25. We will be walking along Maine’s “new coast” if global warming pollution is not stopped.

Parade Route: The parade begins at Post Office Park, corner of Middle and Exchange, cross over Middle Street to Exchange Street, continue down Exchange, take a left onto Fore Street, continue east on Fore Street, stop at Boothby Square for a photo opportunity. Then participants will proceed east on Fore Street, taking a right onto Pearl Street, then a right onto Commercial Street, continuing on Commercial Street to Union Street, where paraders turn right onto Union Street, then take a right back onto Fore Street, continue east on Fore Street, then take a left onto Market Street, continue up Market Street, take a left onto Federal Street, cross over Temple Street and walk up Federal Street Ext., to finish at Monument Square where the rally takes place.


Step it Up is a nationwide campaign comprised of over 1,200 events in 50 states rallying around the need for bold and immediate action on the issue of global warming. Events are being held in every corner of the country, from Maine to Hawaii, and Seattle to Key West. The events are being held in major cities, iconic locations and small towns across America. The events have been organized by organizations and individuals from all walks of life who agree on one thing: the need for substantial and rapid action in order to stave off the disastrous effects of global warming. For more information, please visit www.stepitup2007.org.

Maine Step It Up events include (30 total):


Contact: Jack Murphy - 518-269-2263, jmurphy3@bates.edu

Bangor, ME - Step It Up Bangor Rally

Contact: Lee and Ronald Davis, 207-866-4786, Shirley_Davis@umit.maine.edu

Bar Harbor, ME - Shout from the Mountaintop

Belfast, ME - Belfast Beefs it Up!

Bethel, ME - Step it Up Bethel

Bethel, ME - Sustainable Building Showcase

Blue Hill, ME - Climate Change Awareness Day

Contact: Mia Strong - climatechange@localnet.com

Bridgton, ME - Bridgton, ME Steps It Up

Contact: Sally Chappell – 207-647-8154, jschap@localnet.com

Bridgton, ME - BCC Steps It Up

Contact: Carmen Lone - 207-647-3116, celone@adelphia.net

Brownfield, ME - step it up Brownfield!

Brunswick, ME - Polar Bear Action

Camden, ME - Step It Up Camden!

Contact: Janet Redfield - stepitupcamden@yahoo.com

Chebeague Island, ME - Painted Rocks

Cumberland/Falmouth, ME - Rising Tide of Hope

Contact: Sukie Curtis - spiritlevel@maine.rr.com

Dexter, ME - Down With CO2!

Contact: Bob Lodato - allveg@midmaine.com

Ellsworth, ME - Step it up Ellsworth

Fairfield, ME - Step It Up Fairfield

Contact: Sara and Cindy Lovitz – slovitz@nrcm.org

Falmouth, ME - Earth Day event

Farmington, ME - Step It Up Farmington!

Contact: Kyla Grasso - kyla.grasso@maine.edu

Friendship, ME - Step It UP! Save the World today!

Holden, ME - Issues Night - Global Climate Change

Contact: Jennifer Perkins - jperkins49@yahoo.com

Knox, ME - Step It Up Waldo County!

Lewiston, ME - STEP IT UP MAINE!

Contact: Jack Murphy - 518-269-2263, jmurphy3@bates.edu

Lisbon Falls, ME - Save the World's Climate

Orono, ME - Step It Up 2007

Portland, ME - New Coast Parade

Contact: Sara Lovitz, 207-622-3101 ext. 205, slovitz@nrcm.org

Scarborough, ME - C.C.A.P will be hosting a Mock BYOG.

Waterville, ME - Colby College Rally

Contact: Eric Foster-Moore - emfoster@colby.edu

Wiscasset, ME - Chewonki Steps It Up - Community Climate Action in Maine

Contact: Seth Silverman - (207) 882-7323 ext. 38, ssilverman@chewonki.org

York, ME - Check Your Tires and Step It Up York

Judy Berk * Natural Resources Council of Maine * 3 Wade Street * Augusta, Maine 04330 * ph - 207-622-3101 X 203* fax - 207-622-4343 * e - jberk@nrcm.org * web - www.nrcm.org

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NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.