Ava Baeza, a 17-year-old high school senior from Camden, will rally Democratic voters and speak about the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for political change at a Rally for Our Future, Thursday, Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m. at the Shotwell Drive-In.

"If we do not solve climate change right now, it's pretty hard to deal with all the other issues," she said. "We need to elect different people to make monumental change. We have limited time and it's a scary thing." But, she added, "We have a voice and we can use it."

She has been inspired by Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg, who is the same age. "It's so impactful. A female and so young, leading the world," Baeza said. "This is the time. If we don't fix it now it will be too late."

Baeza is active in the Maine Teen Advocacy Coalition at Camden Hills Regional High School, where she has helped students register to vote, and raised awareness of environmental, social and economic issues. They are interrelated, said Baeza, who hopes to study law and work on immigration reform and women's rights.

The rally will include the documentary film, “Paris to Pittsburgh,” as well as remarks from state and local Democratic candidates, and short videos about climate change, including one from Andy O’Brien regarding ocean acidification in the Gulf of Maine. Drive-in snacks such as pizza, popcorn, coffee and soft drinks will be provided.

The Rally for Our Future is this year’s annual fundraising and candidate support event for the Knox County Democrats. Tickets are available through KnoxMaineDemocrats.org. Questions, contact Nancy Davis at nancydaviscap@yahoo.com, or call 207-542-7788. The Shotwell Drive-In is located on West Street, near the intersection of Routes 1 and 90, the former site of Rockport Elementary School.