Living In Maine Salons Schedule
Living in Maine:
A Lincoln Farm Studio Salon Series Exploring Dimensions of Life in Maine.
The first Wednesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30.
June 1st: Exposure to Toxic Chemicals in Daily Life: A Conundrum.
Bruce Taylor, M.D. There are approximately 82,000 existing chemicals and 700+ new chemicals placed in commerce every year. For the vast majority of these chemicals their toxic effects on humans are not known, tested or regulated. Many others have known toxic effects, but our industrial economy and current life style depend upon "better living through chemistry". How can we protect the health and welfare of our communities through effective testing and regulation of these chemicals?
July 6th: Poetry for Healing.
Catharine Murray. At this salon, Catharine will read from her collection of poetry and share her experience of using writing as a path for healing from grief and loss. Discussion to follow.
August 3rd: Death by Degrees: The Emerging Health Crisis of Climate Change in Maine.
Daniel Oppenheim, Ph.D., M.D. We will discuss some of the specific impacts that global climate change is having on the health of Mainers and what we can do about it individually, as a community and at the State and Federal level.
September 7th: Thriving in Place: Living Well in Every Decade.
Deb Cook. What would it look like to create a community that supports each other to be healthy, active and engaged through every decade of our lives - whether 40, 60, 80 or 100? This discussion will draw on concepts from current community, co-housing and aging-in-place practices as we spend the evening envisioning our futures. Imagine the possibilities of a networked community in Greater Portland through which we gather, share, showcase and even innovate best practices to inspire us personally and as a community to thrive into our wise old age.
October 5th: Exploring Inequality: Maine's Economy and the Path Forward.
Garrett Martin. Thanks to Occupy Wall Street, income inequality became a hot topic in 2011 and continues to shape conversations about economic issues. But we didn't get here overnight. What does the data reveal about income inequality in Maine? How do we build an economy that works for everyone, especially in light of Maine's demographic realities? Be ready for a lively and fact-based discussion of the opportunities and challenges facing Maine workers and businesses as we cut through the political stump speeches to talk about concrete solutions for growing Maine's economy and promoting shared prosperity.
November 2nd: Living on the Edge: Peering into the health of Casco Bay and Gulf of Maine.
David Vaughan. We will take a look at the state of Casco Bay and the wider Gulf of Maine through the ecological, cultural, and economic lenses of ecosystem health. The discussion will include the latest science on invasive species, warming ocean temperatures, changing ecosystem structure, and ocean acidification, as well as consideration of new trends in aquaculture and what could take to sustain traditional fishing communities.
By Invitation Only...... at this point in time