Join us Friday, Aug. 12 from 9 to 10 a.m. for this month’s Coffee & Climate featuring En-ROADS and Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Dan King

This month we will be joined by Peter Dugas, En-ROADS climate ambassador and Citizens’ Climate Lobby liaison, for an introductory tour of MIT’s En-ROADS climate simulator. Join us to learn how this tool informs which climate policies are most effective and equitable on a local, national, and international level.

Register at oneclimatefuture.org.

Until then, learn more about En-ROADS climate simulation technology and Citizens’ Climate Lobby in Maine.

What is En-ROADS?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s En-ROADS is a climate simulator that allows us to explore the impact of climate policies – such as electrification and carbon removal – and how they would impact hundreds of factors like temperatures, air quality, and sea level rise on a global scale.

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En-ROADS is freely available and allows policymakers, educators, businesses, and the public to explore cross-sector climate solutions. Using this simulator, we can explore the long-term climate impacts of implementing climate policies around the world, as well as the impacts of inaction.

Users can see the long-term effects of the global climate policies and actions they imagine. The tool helps to break through the noise and equip elected officials, business leaders, and others with the knowledge they need to implement equitable and high-impact climate solutions.

What is Citizens’ Climate Lobby?

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a global grassroots organization with over 500 chapters all over the world, including here in Maine. Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization advocating for ambitious climate policy across parties and finding common ground on climate change action.

There are 11 Citizens’ Climate Lobby chapters in Maine working to pass a carbon fee and dividend proposal which offers a steadily rising fee on carbon, distributes all the net revenue to households, and puts in place a border carbon adjustment.

The passing of this act, called the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 2307), will help reduce America’s carbon pollution to net zero by 2050. The city councils in Portland and South Portland have both passed resolutions in support of this effort. Citizens’ Climate Lobby chapters advocate for this act by training and supporting volunteers to engage elected officials, the media, and the public.

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Mia Ambroiggio is a Greater Portland Council of Governments resilience corps fellow serving in the Sustainability Office. She can be reached at [email protected]

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