The Chebeague Island Council is sponsoring a "stepitup2007" meeting on Chebeague to publicize the emerging threat that global warming poses to the world's environment and to us. On Saturday April 14, at 7:30 pm at the Hall, we will present Dr. Diane Cowan founder and now Senior Scientist at the Lobster Conservancy talking about the work she and her organization are doing to determine population sizes of juvenile lobsters along the Maine coast. Climatic temperature rise has both a positive and negative effect on their numbers. Diane is held in high regard by the scientific community that studies basic lobster biology, and by the lobster fishermen of mid-Coast Maine who are her meighbors at Friendship. She is also an excellent speaker.

For those of us who have not seen it, we will follow the talk with a repeat showing of Al Gore's Oscar winning documentary film An Inconvenient Truth.

This is our community's participation in a movement to have local meetings on this day throughout the nation to tell Congress to "step it up and act to cut global warming emissions by 80% by 2050". There are over 20 such meetings scheduled thus far for Maine alone; see the web site:

Come and hear Diane discuss this significant threat to the biology of the Maine lobster inhabiting our shoreline. Spread the word to your friends and colleagues and plan to come to this informative talk and movie. It is FREE and there will be REFRESHMENTS too.