Free Machias Earth Day Celebration

Dr. David Goodrich, a retired climate scientist with the NOAA. (Submitted photo)

Distinguished climate scientist, film about plastic waste in oceans, and local panelists to discuss health of the Gulf of Maine 


A free public Earth Day celebration will be held in the Performing Arts Center at the University of Maine at Machias on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with an opening lecture by Dr. David Goodrich, a retired distinguished climate scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Director of the United Nations Global Climate Observing System.

A book signing of Goodrich’s “A Hole in the Wind: Cycling to Oregon, Looking at Climate” will be held the previous day in the UMM Library at 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 20.

The Earth Day celebration will continue with a 22-minute educational version of the film

“A Plastic Ocean,” an adventure film in which searchers for the elusive blue whale find instead oceans filled with plastic waste.

Both the lecture and the film will be followed by discussions led by panels of local experts from the University of Maine at Machias, the Marine & Environmental Research Institute, Washington Academy, the Downeast Coastal Conservancy, the Downeast Salmon Federation, the Maine Forest Service, and EcoSattvas Downeast.

The celebration is sponsored by 350 Downeast (, a group of concerned local citizens dedicated to reducing the use of fossil fuels to create a healthy climate, economy, and way of life in Downeast Maine, and Ecosattvas DownEast (, an environmental group committed to compassionate care of the earth.

Light refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Mark Brown, , or Diane Fitzgerald, , visit, or find the Facebook event at