Reps. Vicki Doudera (D-Camden) and Lydia Crafts (D-Newcastle) have both been appointed to the Maine Climate Council, an assembly of scientists, industry leaders, bipartisan local and state officials, and engaged citizens working to reduce carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 and at least 80% by 2050. By executive order of Gov. Mills, the state must also achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.

Doudera, who represents Camden, Islesboro, and Rockport, joins the Climate Council’s Scientific and Technical Working Group. Doudera is the Maine State Lead for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators and serves on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. She is in her second term.

Crafts, who represents Damariscotta, Bristol, Nobleboro, Newcastle and Monhegan, is joining the Coastal and Marine Working Group. She serves on the Marine Resources Committee and is finishing her first term.

“Lydia and I are both thrilled to have the opportunity to help our state meet our climate goals,” said Doudera. “Many important measures are already in place but there is still more to be done when it comes to climate change.”

Crafts said, “It’s an honor for us to join Maine’s effort to lead New England on climate change. We are doing great work in our state, and I look forward to being more involved.”

The Maine Climate Council was created on June 26, 2019, by the Governor and Legislature. Support for the Council comes from a mix of public and private funds. To learn more, read reports, and participate in upcoming meetings, see climatecouncil.maine.gov.