This spring, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest assessment of the climate.

They conclude a 2-degree Celcius increase in average global temperature (from pre-industrial levels) is considered a tipping point that, if passed, is likely to lead to disruption of the world’s societies and ecosystems. They also conclude that to stay below this threshold would require lowering global greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 70 percent by mid century, and to near zero by the end of the century.

Watershed School’s sophomores decided to take this as a challenge and analyze Maine’s renewable and non-carbon energy options to see what it would take for Maine to become carbon neutral by mid-century. The students will give a public presentation on the results of their analysis Wednesday, June 4, at 10:30 a.m. at Watershed School in Camden. All are welcome. For more information, please contact Janet McMahon at