No planet B

By Phil Crossman | May 05, 2017
Courtesy of: Angelina Turner Residents of Vinalhaven join the People's Climate March April 29.

Vinalhaven has, in recent years, and in the last two decades, grown a vibrant activist community, thanks, in particular, to a few conscientious organizers.

Significant gatherings have protested the United States' involvement in Iraq and interventionist policies around the world. Back in January, we joined others across Maine and around the country, taking part in the Women’s March on Washington to protest the election and proposals of the newly elected administration.

On Saturday, April 29, because some of those frightening proposals are becoming policy, a good crowd turned out to join again with others across the state and country taking part in the People’s Climate Movement and in support of that group’s March on Washington. This administration’s reluctance to even acknowledge the prevailing science, let alone do anything about the threats to life as we know it, is cause for real concern for people everywhere, but particularly here on these islands surrounded by warming and rising seas.

There is every reason to believe and be thankful that the opposition will remain vibrant, across the country, as well as here on the islands. An especially timely and cogent sign among several carried by those island participants last Saturday read, "There is no planet B."

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