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The Maine State Nurses Association and Protect South Portland are sponsoring this fundraising event in support of the Clear Skies Ordinance Legal Defense Fund.Naomi Klein's movie: This Changes Everything
Wednesday, December 7, 7pm
Nickoldeon, Temple Street, Portland
All donations will go to the City of South Portland’s Clear Skies Defense Fund and are tax-decudtible
Please bring cash or checks only to the movie.
On-line Donations can also be made to: SouthPortland.org /Clear Skies Legal Defense Fund.
Supporting organizations include: Physicians for Social Responsibility, Natural Resources Council of Maine, 350 Maine, Environment Maine, Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors, The University of New England, and the Toxics Action Center
Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.
When Portland Pipeline, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil and Suncor, tried to build a tar sands export terminal on the shores of Casco Bay in South Portland, Maine, the community banded together to launch a successful effort to block the oil industry. The oil company wants to reverse the flow of an aging pipeline to transport tar sands oil from Canada. This pipeline passes through many water sources including Sebago Lake which provides drinking water to 20% of Maine’s population. They would build two 70 foot smokestacks on the shore of Casco Bay. These stacks would emit toxic carcinogenic fumes into our neighborhoods. It would put at risk the rich sea life and shoreline. A groundswell of support resulted in the passage of South Portland’s Clear Skies Ordinance in 2014. It stopped corporate oil in its tracks. It was a battle and victory for a community’s self determination to protect its citizens and to protect our planet from the dirtiest oil on earth.
As expected, the oil industry is suing the City of South Portland, a city of 25,000, to nullify our airtight ordinance. They are not only determined to force their project through, but to make us pay for saying no to them - sending a message to other communities who might want to stand up to them. The litigation is extremely expensive and the oil companies pockets are deeper than deep. Protect South Portland is committed to raising funds and awareness to fend off this legal assault.
* Protect South Portland is a non-profit grass roots citizen organization (a 501C3)
founded in early 2013. Our mission is to promote actions and practices that serve to
protect the environment, health, and welfare of the citizens of South Portland.
* Maine State Nurses Association represents over 2000 nurses who work in facilities and agencies throughout the state of Maine. MSNA is an affiliate of National Nurses United, the largest organization of nurses, representing 185,000 RNs nationwide.
~Meg and the Protect South Portland Team
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