Terra Matters    #climatetogether

Terra Matters provides opportunities for people to come together to:

• work on projects that concern them the most around climate change  
• make an impact on climate change locally
• meet people of all ages concerned about the planet
• encourage and inspire one another in this fight
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Terra Matters Gathering 
Saturday, April 21, 2018- Earth Day Weekend 

Poster & Fast Pitch Sessions
at
Hannaford Hall
University of Southern Maine
from 9am-12pm

followed by
a rally 
in
Deering Oaks Park
12:00-3:00pm
Music, food trucks, speeches.


Who is involved?
College level, High School and Middle School Environmental Clubs, Sierra Club, Maine Environmental Education Association, NRCM, 350 Maine, Maine Audubon, University of Southern Maine, and more!

What is it?
Each Environmental team chooses a topic that concerns them most about climate change and turns that into a project.  Projects must have a local connection and impact.  Each team will work with a partner organization on the project  to research their issue, find a solution that makes a local impact and create and communicate their message.   

Twelve Teams will present their projects and solutions during the Terra Matters Fast Pitch Session and create a poster for the Poster Session.

Environmental organizations will partner with the high school, college and middle school environmental clubs on their projects.

Timeline
January 11, 2018     Climate and Cookies 
Two representatives and an advisor from school environmental teams and environmental organizations gather at Casco Bay High School to socialize, talk, learn and get inspired!

 January through April  2018     Deep Dive Project Time:  
Teams meet with their partners to dive in, research and work on their projects.

March 12, 2018     Terra Matters March Mingle

5-6:30pm
Maine Audubon 
20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth, ME

The March Mingle will be set up like speed dating, where environmental teams and organizations  share  projects, hear other ideas, ask questions, and of course mingle!


Saturday, April 21, 2018- Earth Day Weekend 
Terra Matters Gathering, Fast Pitch & Poster Sessions
Environmental teams participate in the Fast Pitch Session at the University of Southern Maine Hannaford Hall, followed by a gathering at Deering Oaks with speakers, music, food trucks and environmentalists.


Fast Pitch Session Guidelines:
(8 minutes to present 2 minute Q&A)
• What is the problem?
• How does it connect to climate change?
• How does the problem impact your community?  Maine? The World?
• What is your solution?
• How does your solution impact your community?  Maine? The World?
• What have you done or what are you planning to do to implement your solution in your community? By April 21st, it is possible that teams are still in the “work in progress” phase and that’s ok, just explain what you are going to do.
• How did you come up with that solution?
• What impact would it make if every community implemented your solution?
• How much will it cost to implement your solution locally?
• How will your solution impact people?