Stop New England’s Greenwashing of Mega Dam Hydropower! 

Wednesday September 29th at 6:30pm 

Did you know that part of Massachusetts’ renewable energy contracts include electricity generated from Canadian hydropower? This energy, sourced from megadams that violate indigenous rights, destroy ecosystems, and release greenhouse gases, would be brought from Quebec through a transmission corridor running through Maine, that would cut through hundreds of miles of carbon-capturing forests and the ancestral territories of indigenous communities.

This corridor, commonly known as the CMP corridor or New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC), is not a climate justice solution and hydropower is not the clean energy that it has been marketed as. Learn more about this regional and international issue, and what you can do as New England residents to take action and stand up for climate justice by watching a recording of this educational event here!

Speakers include:

 

Melissa Harding Ferretti is a member of the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe and its elected Chairwoman and President. She works to preserve the Tribe’s cultural heritage and land rights. She is also the President of the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project and serves on many local and state boards and organizations.

 

Lokotah Sanborn is a Penobscot artist and advocate dedicated to Indigenous liberation and empowerment. He is a member of Sunlight Media Collective, an organization working to document and produce stories affecting Wabanaki people and the intersections of environmental issues and tribal rights. Lokotah has a background in political organizing and community building. He is a member of Racial Equity and Justice, and Needlepoint Sanctuary. He is also a founding member of Bomazeen Land Trust, a Wabanaki led 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to rematriation, food sovereignty and Wabanaki cultural transmission.

 

Voices featured in the video from hydro impacted communities:

  • John Gonzalez - Author/Filmaker - Taìno/Pimicikamak

  • Jessica Wastesicoot - Pimicikamak

  • Chief Kirk E. Francis - Penobscot Nation

  • Carlton Richards - Pimicikamak

  • Raymond Collins Robinson - Pimicikamak

  • Thomas Monias - Pimicikamak

  • Rita Monias - Pimicikamak

  • Melissa (Harding) Ferretti - Chairlady/President Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe

Calls to action: 

  • Write an OpEd or LTE and submit it to your local paper.  Check out our LTE guide here for talking points and resources! Make sure to email info@350maine.org if your LTE is published - the first two people that let us know about a published LTE will receive a signed copy of Arctic Blue Deserts by Stephen M. Kasprzak! 

  • Comment during or attend the October 19th Maine Department of Environmental Protection Public Hearing on the New England Clean Energy Connect Project (CMP Corridor) License Suspension Proceeding. You can find more information here

  • Maine Youth for Climate Justice asks Maine voters to vote ‘YES’ on 1 to reject the CMP Corridor on November 2nd. You can find more information here

  • Contact your representatives both in Maine and Massachusetts to let them know you oppose this project and Canadian hydropower and ask them to support a just energy transition. You can check out the LTE guide for talking points! 


This event was co-hosted by 350 Maine, Maine Youth for Climate Justice, the North American Megadam Resistance Alliance, and Sierra Club Maine.

 

It was supported by 350 Central Massachusetts, 350 Mass - Better Future Project, 350 New Hampshire, 350 Vermont, Community Water Justice, Grassroots Central Mass, the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe, Grassroots Central Mass, Patagonia Freeport, Renew New England, Sierra Club Connecticut, Sierra Club Massachusetts, Sierra Club New Hampshire, Sierra Club Vermont, Sunrise Bates, Sunrise Franklin County, Sunrise Worcester, and United American Indians of New England (UAINE).