Today (Wednesday), April 22, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Created in 1970, Earth Day provided a focused, singular voice for various environmental movements and achieved rare, non-partisan support. Here in Maine, being surrounded by the beauty of untouched nature is sometimes taken for granted, but lately has become a lifeline for many in an increasingly isolated society.
It has been anything but business as usual in Maine, and the current economic atmosphere has allowed many local leaders to reflect on what they love – and are most looking forward to post-COVID-19 – when it comes to the natural beauty of our great state.
Governor Janet Mills - State of MaineGovernor Janet Mills has been understandably busy during this time, but she’s still eyeing the lakes and streams for quieter days ahead: “Maine’s first registered guide, Cornelia ‘Fly Rod’ Crosby, said, 'I would rather fish any day than go to heaven.' I can relate. We don’t know when this pandemic will end. But what we do know is that the spirit and perseverance of Maine people will see us through this challenge, as it has in the past. And once these difficult times are behind us, I look forward to joining you once again for a little fishing, enjoying Maine’s immense beauty and unspoiled nature. (This photo is from last summer on the Kennebec). Best to everyone!"
The office of Governor Mills has created and maintained a “Maine Helps” COVID-19 Response Page, as a "new resource [to] help those looking for ways to lend a hand and encourage more Maine people to target their skills, resources, and time in the most effective and safe ways to do the most good for our state.”
Quincy Hentzel - President and CEO, Portland Regional Chamber
The Chamber's own Quincy is looking toward the summer, the sand, and the surf. “I am so looking forward to putting my toes in the sand and being out on Casco Bay - the most beautiful place to be in the summer!”
The Portland Regional Chamber has partnered with other organizations to create Pay It Forward Maine - a collaborative community initiative and website containing an ever-growing library of resources for Mainers to support each other – and themselves – during this pandemic. For ideas on how YOU can get involved, click HERE.
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