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Film Spurs Maine Towns To Consider Action on Pesticide Reduction

Folks in Cumberland, Falmouth and North Yarmouth, Maine, are banning together to do something about pesticide restrictions. Due to the interest raised by the recent showings of the film A Chemical Reaction at the Falmouth Memorial Library and Cumberland Congregational Church, an organizational meeting has been planned for 2-3 pm on Thursday, June 24th at the Falmouth Memorial Library on Lunt Road.

According to an on-line posting: “The purpose is to meet and hear from Marsha Smith, member of Citizens for a Green Camden, and their work on eliminating toxic pesticides from being used in public spaces.”

Here is a link to more information about what Marsha’s group achieved (she is one of the community activists featured in the film due to Camden’s role as the first Maine community to enact a pesticide ordinance):
http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=1716

Here is some background on the issue posted by the Falmouth organizers, who are welcoming input from other communities:

“There is interest in forming a citizen’s group in Falmouth around the issue of pesticide use, safe lawn care and the practice known as Yardscaping. I have contacted our Legislative Representative, Mary Nelson, regarding the potential of working at the State level on a pesticide ban similar to one recently passed in New York. Marsha has been in touch with Yarmouth Representative, Melissa Innes, who will be discussing the issue with Mary Nelson. Lastly it has been recommended that we invite Kristine Jenkins from the Environmental Health Strategy Center to assist with organization, etc. of our group.
Should you have more information about what is going on in our town regarding pesticide use or efforts to ban its use please email or call (207-749-8453) me so I can include it on the 24th. Thank you for your interest, feel free to forward this notice on to other interested parties. Please RSVP your attendance plans.
Thank you – Barbara
barbdib@maine.rr.com”

Barbara DiBiase
221 Middle Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
(207)749-8453
Member-Maine Businesses for Sustainability
Member-International Society for Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)

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Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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