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
- Defending Acadia from development. With nearly 1,000 acres of land within Acadia at risk of being developed, we spoke to more than 1 out of every 10 Mainers about the need to protect the park — and the Obama administration responded. Now, we are working to convince Sen. Olympia Snowe to make sure Acadia is permenently protected before she retires.
- Getting Maine off oil. We spearheaded and passed a bipartisan bill that sets real goals for breaking Maine’s oil habit through energy efficiency, wind and solar power, and more.
- Saving the wild Atlantic salmon. Environment Maine took legal action to stop dams on the Kennebec and Androscoggin rivers from illegally killing Maine’s endangered salmon.