The Natural Resources Council of Maine is a nonprofit membership organization protecting, restoring, and conserving Maine's environment, now and for future generations.
We work to improve the quality of Maine's rivers; to reduce toxic chemicals threatening the health of Maine families and wildlife; to decrease air and global warming pollution, and to conserve Maine lands. NRCM harnesses the power of the law, science, and the voices of more than 25,000 supporters statewide and beyond. Together, we are making a difference. Help us protect the nature of Maine — become a member today!
Frontline Voices, Ep. 66: Art and the Environment with Brookie Award Winner Jordan Kendall Parks
In this episode, we kick off a new series of interviews with Maine’s young environmental leaders to elevate their voices and share their stories. Our special co-host NRCM Rising Leadership Team member Kate Shambaugh speaks with 2020 Brookie Award Winner Jordan Kendall Parks about connecting people to nature through art and what winning a Brookie Award has meant to her. Learn more about the Brookie Awards at brookieawards.org and visit https://jordankendallparks.com to view Jordan’s work.
Frontline Voices, Ep. 65: Environmental Priorities at the State House
Maine lawmakers have convened for the second session of the 130th Legislature and will consider dozens of bills that could impact Maine’s healthy air, clean water, and rich natural resources. In this episode, Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim details NRCM’s top environmental priorities for 2022 and why they matter for our collective work to protect the nature of Maine. Pete provides his thoughts about the opening session of the Maine Legislature and reflections about the January 6, 2021, failed insurrection of the U.S. Capitol Building.
Frontline Voices, Ep. 64: How Plastic Pollution Contributes to Waste and Climate Crisis
Two new reports showed that the U.S. ranks as the leading contributor of plastic waste and detailed how plastic production is worsening the climate crisis. We check in with NRCM Sustainable Maine Director Sarah Nichols to get her reaction to these reports and provide updates on the steps Maine is taking to tackle the plastic pollution crisis and reduce waste.
Frontline Voices, Ep.63: CMP Loses Big at Ballot Box and DEP Urged to Pull Corridor Permit
On November 2, CMP suffered a stunning setback for its controversial corridor project and now the project’s future is in doubt. In this episode, NRCM’s Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim dissects what’s happened since the overwhelming vote by Maine people to terminate the CMP corridor. November is Native American Heritage Month, and NRCM encourages listeners to learn more about Maine’s native Tribes and the campaign for Tribal sovereignty by visiting the Wabanaki Alliance website at wabanakialliance.com.
Frontline Voices, Ep. 62: Cleaner trucks, infrastructure investment, and Question 1 takeaways
Climate & Clean Energy Director Jack Shapiro joins the podcast to talk about how cleaner trucks and buses will benefit Maine, what the new infrastructure bill passed by Congress means for Maine communities, and what lessons can be learned from the decisive vote by an overwhelming majority of Maine people to ban the CMP corridor.
Frontline Voices, Ep. 61: CMP's Top 10 Scare Tactics and Dirty Tricks about Question 1
CMP and Hydro-Quebec have spent more than $70 million on a desperate political campaign full of scare tactics and misinformation. As Election Day nears, and just days before Halloween, Colin and Pete tick down the top 10 spooky scare tactics and dirty tricks used by CMP. Voters should treat Question 1 as a referendum on CMP because of these tactics. NRCM urges Mainers to send CMP a message by voting Yes on 1 to reject the CMP corridor.
I’m very glad to have learned about NRCM’s Frontline Voices podcast. After listening to 2 or 3 of them, I’ve added them to my list of things to do every 2 weeks. The podcasts are short enough to listen to while I’m working out, long enough to give me details on issues I care about, and they provide answers to the questions I have. NRCM provides a great way to stay informed. Thank you.
Inspiring updates from NRCM
These short episodes have inspired me to engage more locally in favor of Maine’s environment. Before listening to this podcast, I had only shallowly followed the environmental policy and issues in Maine. This is an excellent starting place for anyone wanting to be involved more locally!