Author: Marina Schauffler

‘We Want a Future’

‘We Want a Future’

A raw north wind and showers did not keep several hundred students from gathering at the Maine Youth Day of Action rally on Tuesday, standing resolutely outside the Statehouse with handmade signs and voicing...

Reviving the Lost Art of Looking Ahead

Reviving the Lost Art of Looking Ahead

The Guy Gannett House in Augusta is a museum now, but I still think of it as the policy percolator it once was, brewing up fresh ideas. In its days as the Maine State...

A True Climate Corridor

A True Climate Corridor

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” — Aldo Leopold,  A Sand County Almanac Maine’s elected...

Befriending Bacteria

Befriending Bacteria

Can something too small to be seen enlarge a worldview? From humble origins like household dust and showerhead slime, new insights are emerging into a vital and overlooked player in human health, agriculture and...

Planning amid Climate Instability

Planning amid Climate Instability

A recent report by the University of Maine Climate Change Institute offers a vivid reminder not to overlook the power of ecological connections. Clear links, like lobster populations responding to warming sea water, are...

Maine’s Energy Future

Maine’s Energy Future

Maine faces a “brand-new day,” Gov. Janet Mills announced in her inaugural address, a time to tackle outstanding work – like limiting the climate change that is “threatening our jobs, damaging our health and...

Sea Change, Indeed

Sea Change, Indeed

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin It’s hard to muster a celebratory spirit welcoming in this new year. Too many...

Trouble Underfoot

Trouble Underfoot

In Louise Penny’s engaging mystery series, chief inspector Armand Gamache often launches an investigation by asking his team, “Tell me what you know.” It’s an effective strategy when assembling clues following a suspicious death....