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The Biddeford Climate Task Force has launched a PhotoVoice Contest to gather resident images of climate change perceptions in the community.
Participants are invited to snap a photo that represents their feelings about or experience of climate change and provide a short caption for the photo explaining why they chose the image. Entries can be submitted online by clicking on the image at left.
This is a great opportunity for residents of Biddeford to voice their concerns, through images and a few words, about climate change. It's also a way for the Task Force to gather public input about the strategies that are most important to use to address climate change in the coming years.
Snap a photo to share your feelings and concerns!
The work of the Biddeford Climate Task Force will culminate in our Climate Action Plan. Over the next 12 to 18 months we will work to develop strategies to mitigate and adapt to the most pressing effects of climate change.
In October 2020, the City Council passed a Climate Emergency Resolution for the City of Biddeford. The Resolution highlighted the expected environmental effects of a warming planet and ocean, including a rising sea level and more frequent and severe coastal storms, and their projected economic costs, including damage to infrastructure, loss of coastal properties, loss of tourism, reduced fisheries, and negative health effects due to longer, warmer seasons.
Scientific consensus is that the effects of climate change will be irreversible within a short window of 7-15 years, and these effects will continue to worsen with time. The Mayor established the Climate Task Force to create an action plan that focuses on adaptation, mitigation and sustainability strategies that address the real effects of climate change that threaten our coastal community.
The Biddeford City Council formally adopted this Climate Emergency Resolution.
Further, City Council demonstrated leadership and commitment to addressing climate change by adopting, by Resolution, carbon emission reduction targets. This Resolution was approved at Council's December 6, 2022 meeting.
The Biddeford Climate Task Force will continue to develop effective communication strategies regarding:
The Task Force meets every second and fourth Monday of the month.
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