Climate Action Club members at the Maine State House. From left: Audrey Hufnagel, Giulia Gierola, Scarlett Stone, Anna Lupien, Lila Drewes, and Maeve Tholen.
Members of Lincoln Academy’s Climate Action Club traveled to Augusta on April 27 for the annual Maine Youth Day of Action. They went to lobby for climate action and the Pine Tree Amendment, which would add language to the Maine constitution protecting air, water, and ecosystems. The amendment is currently under consideration by the legislature.
As part of the event, junior Audrey Hufnagel spoke at a rally outside the State House in favor of the Pine Tree Amendment. “Audrey did a tremendous job and spoke passionately about the urgency of this amendment,” said LA science teacher and Climate Action Club advisor Prema Long, who went to Augusta with the students.
After the rally the group spent time in the State House to lobby for several bills, and had the opportunity to speak with District 46 Representative Lydia Crafts and District 13 Senator Cameron Reny, both of whom represent Newcastle.
“Taking students to events such as the Youth Day of Action is incredibly important in helping them to connect with other like-minded people and to actually be involved in politics,” said Long. “It was amazing to see Maine students talking to state Representatives and Senators.”
“It was a really powerful experience seeing so many youth gathered for a cause that we all care about,” said sophomore Anna Lupien. “The speakers all had inspiring stories, and the message that we as young people have the power to influence large scale decisions was empowering.”
“The Youth Day of Action was a great chance to meet other young people who are passionate about climate justice and advocate for bills that advance climate action on the statewide level,” said junior Audrey Hufnagel. “It was amazing to see so many students there and I think we really showed the power of our collective voices as young people.”