MONTPELIER, Vt. – Hundreds of people across New England are drawing attention to what they see as a link between extreme weather events and climate change.

Dozens of rallies and demonstrations were held Saturday in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts as part of Climate Impacts Day, a global initiative organized by, an environmental group founded by Vermont activist Bill McKibben.

The theme of the rallies was to “connect the dots” between extreme weather and climate change.

Communities around Maine hosted events. Among them:

In Portland, Climate Impacts Day was marked at East End Beach with a family celebration that included kite making and flying and a kayakers parade.

In Belfast, volunteers put up Burma Shave-style signs along a local road that read, “Deer ticks bite/They make us sick/Invading Maine/Too darn quick/ Climate change.”

Volunteers in York organized a group photo at the Nubble to highlight how sea-level rise would affect the town, according to The Portsmouth Herald.

Volunteers gathered on the Orono Bridge and held “dots” about extreme weather and climate change and the impact on students graduating that day from the University of Maine, the Bangor Daily News reported.

Organizers say the effort featured more than 1,000 events held in more than 100 countries.