48,019,985 Democrats35,732,180 Republicans34,699,567 IndependentsONE ATMOSPHERE
65,900,000 rural Americans266,381,000 urban AmericansONE ATMOSPHERE


8,000,078,132 people



Climate change is an all-hands-on-deck challenge. Everyone is needed, regardless of political affiliation, cultural identity, or economic status.

The atmosphere is our single largest common pool resource, meaning a resource we all depend on. Unfortunately, we’ve become a hyper-polarized citizenry. We’re divided by income, education, occupation (blue vs. white collar), geography (e.g., rural vs. urban, north vs. south), race, religion, gender, and of course, politics. When we get this divided, we can no longer solve big problems, like pandemics or climate change. We have a relationship problem, not a science problem.

Missing Voices

Many sectors of our economy, especially rural sectors, have been left out of the climate conversation.  But we need rural knowledge.   They know better than anyone how to restructure our forest, agriculture, and fisheries systems to address climate change.  We need their help, and leadership.  Listen to three rural voices about the importance of being inclusive and respectful. (4-min clip, here to watch).

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WORKSHOP- Understanding GHG Emissions in the Seafood Industry


held April 26, 2022 (click on image above for recording)

Fishing and seafood are vital parts of Maine’s economy and heritage. State landings of lobster continue to be Maine’s most lucrative fishery, and aquaculture for shellfish, finfish, and seaweed is growing rapidly. Other wild fisheries continue to be important, such as scallops and herring.

Join us for an industry-focused conversation about greenhouse gas emissions in the Gulf of Maine’s seafood industry. Learn who’s working on this issue and explore new ideas to reduce emissions.

New Report from OCC and Maine Climate Table


Richard Nelson, retired lobsterman, and John Hagan (founder of Our Climate Common) worked together on the report “EV on H2O: The Feasibility of Electrifying Maine’s Lobster Fleet by 2050.”  This report is an example of what can be accomplished when we work across our many divides.  Learn more here.