This land was made for you and me
If you haven’t seen “ Woody Guthrie’s American Song” in its final week (the last show is Sunday, September 29) at Penobscot Theatre, you had better get up and go. The music and its message is as relevant today as when it was written, showing poignantly how unexpected disaster could pull the rug out from anyone of us. It’s something we should all keep in mind. Guthrie’s American hymn, “This Land is Made for You and Me” permeates every moment. As usual, the production itself is impeccable, as is the talent. We need to support this caliber of entertaining and, most importantly, thought-provoking theatre. As a subscriber I may even go a second time for free. Don’t miss it.
Transit study discussion
On Monday, September 23, the Bangor City Council will review the Transit Study of the Community Connector bus system. This study lays the groundwork for real improvements to our local transportation system including extended hours and designated stops. A more robust transit system is a hallmark of a vibrant city, one that provides its citizens access to work, school, social and civic opportunities, regardless of whether we own or operate a car. Please come to show our city councilors that we support the Community Connector and expect this study to be put to good use to make public transportation better. The meeting will be held in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Monday, September 23. The public is encouraged to attend.
Fighting for the future
A September 20 global climate strike was organized by youth to raise awareness of the impending climate crisis. A week of climate action is occurring from September 20 to 27 to show that the people of the world are concerned that their political leaders are not acting quickly enough. Why? Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish student who started the movement, said it best, “If not you, then who? If not now, then when?” The timing of the week of action coincides with a five-day United Nations climate summit beginning Sept. 23. On Sept. 21 the U.N. is having a youth climate summit.
A consensus of scientists predicts that unless we make dramatic changes in our lives by 2030 climate catastrophes will be happening more frequently and severely by the end of the century. We are already seeing the effects of our warming planet in the form of stronger storms, unusually severe droughts, fires from the tropics to the Arctic, severe heat waves, melting glaciers, and rising sea levels. If we do not change the way we live, especially using fossil fuels that release carbon into the environment, these severe climate events will get worse. We owe it to our children to leave them a world in which it is healthy to live. Decisions that we make, or do not make, now will impact whether or not our future generations will have to live in fear of catastrophic weather events.
Earlier this year, millions of children went on strike for a day from East Machias to India. It is time that adults join them.