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Hannah Pingree to Deliver Keynote Address at Maine Coast Heritage Trust “Tides of Change” Fundraiser

Release date: February 29, 2024

[February 28, 2024, Topsham, Maine] Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) announced today that Hannah Pingree, Director of the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, and co-chair of the Maine Climate Council, will be the keynote speaker at  Tides of Change: Climate Action Through Conservation, a fundraising event scheduled to take place Thursday, March 7, at Maine Beer Company in Freeport.

Hannah Pingree as Keynote Speaker

Pingree’s remarks will highlight the role that land conservation plays in protecting Maine’s lands, waters, and natural systems while reducing the adverse effects of climate change.   “The intense storms in December and January have been a wake-up call about how vulnerable Maine communities are to effects of climate change, such as flooding and rising sea levels,” said Hannah Pingree. “Land conservation is a leading strategy to help mitigate serious climate effects, while contributing to clean water, carbon sequestration, and protecting habitat for wildlife. Conservation organizations like Maine Coast Heritage Trust and others in Maine are key partners in climate action to protect our people and environment for future generations.”

Hannah Pingree is Director of the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future and co-chair of the Maine Climate Council, an assembly of scientists, industry leaders, bipartisan, local and state officials, and engaged citizens charged with developing and implementing Maine Won’t Wait, the state’s four-year plan to address the impacts of climate change, build resilience to climate effects, and meet state statutory targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For more about Maine Won’t Wait, visit

Thursday, March 7, Tides of Change at Maine Beer Company

“The last few months have been incredibly challenging ones for Maine’s coastal communities. The impacts of back-to-back winter storms with heavy rains, high winds, and record-breaking tides, all fueled by a warming climate, are still being felt up and down the coast,” said MCHT President and CEO Kate Stookey. “As our state works to recover and plan for the future, we at MCHT know that land conservation is one of the best tools available in the fight to reduce climate change impacts. From small community projects that improve peoples’ lives to landscape-scale conservation that protects connected habitats, every bit of progress matters.”

Maine Coast Heritage Trust, in partnership with Maine Beer Company, invites the public to “Tides of Change,” an evening focused on the role conservation plays in making the Maine coast more resilient to climate change.

Featured Videos: Attendees will have the opportunity to view short videos addressing MCHT’s climate work, including a segment from the award-winning film A Watershed Moment by filmmaker Tate Yoder, who will be present at the fundraiser.

Inspired Artwork: The event will include a gallery of artwork created by Maine College of Art & Design students and inspired by a science class taught by Professor Deb Debiegun. Students visited MCHT’s Cousins River Fields and Marsh Preserve in Yarmouth to study the salt marshes and the impact of climate change.

Additional Event Activities: Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about MCHT’s conservation work, enjoy live music, sample fresh local oysters from Love Point Oysters, craft beer from Maine Beer Company, and other locally sourced treats from Big Tree Catering.

Tides of Change Sponsors

Maine Coast Heritage Trust wishes to thank the following businesses and organizations for their generous sponsorships: Maine Beer Company, Sabre and Back Cove Yachts, Flycatcher LLC, Maine Community Foundation, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Cornerstone Financial Planning, Love Point Oysters, Luke’s Lobster and The Portland Yoga Project. Thank you to Big Tree Catering for underwriting our “Pay What You Can Tickets.”

Tides of Change Host Committee

The Host Committee responsible for the event includes Courtney Bassett, Christina and Stan Berkow, Carinne Burns and Peter Bouman, Renee and Scott Bowie, Emily Drain Bruce, Kate Olson and Matt Cheney, Chelsea and Noah DeLorme, Chrissy Hart, Ann and Andrew Hayes, Alex Herold, Gwendolyn and David Hulit, Camie Barrow and David Huntress, Shannon Richards and Caleb Johnson, Jessica and Rory Kelly, Zoe Reich and Paul Margarites, Trisha Mason, Allison and Ned Merrick, Desi Van Til and Sean Mewshaw, Kaili and Edward Moore, Andrea and Todd Patstone, Darcy and Matthew Poor, Lauren and Keith Rosenberg, Jessica Goodman and Nathan Ross, Andy Roth-Wells, Alice and Sam Spencer, Yemaya and Lucas St. Claire, Brianna Keefe Oates and Jesse Thomas, Nova and Nathan Tower, and Ben Twining.

For more information about “Tides of Change,” contact Ceci Danforth at Maine Coast Heritage Trust, .

Tides of Change Details

What: Fundraising Event | Tickets $100 (discounted tickets are available)

When: Thursday, March 7, 2024, from 6 pm – 9 pm

Where: Maine Beer Company, 525 US Route 1, Freeport, ME 04032

More information and purchase tickets:

Tickets for Tides of Change are available for purchase online. Proceeds from the event will support MCHT’s ongoing efforts to protect and steward Maine’s coastal lands and waters.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses and organizations interested in demonstrating their commitment to coastal conservation.