ORONO — This Thursday is Earth Day and the University of Maine is set to release their fifth issue of Spire Journal on April 22 that shines light on environmental issues.
Rebecca Champagne, editor-in-chief at Spire Magazine and a Ph.D. candidate in ecology and environmental sciences became a member of the editorial team in 2019 and says this is a great way to initiate conversations about the environment.
She says their mission is to spread awareness on environmental topics including conservation and sustainability.
Champagne says the journal also includes poetry and photography from University of Maine students and faculty. “It’s one thing to look at a painting or photography and say, oh that’s really beautiful but looking at the subject matter more closely and thinking about how it relates to the environment and sustainability that’s a completely different ball game,” she said.
The University of Maine’s sustainability director Daniel Dixon says how Earth Day is the ideal day to release the fifth issue of the journal. “Every day is Earth day for me. This week in particular we like to really push the idea of the environment and sustainability on campus so we call it Earth week,” said Dixon.
According to the University of Maine’s website, their mission is “to galvanize action for conservation and sustainability by promoting impactful, awareness-raising dialogue.”
The website also states this vision and they seek to create “a publication that unites communities across the state of Maine to effect profound environmental change.”
To learn more about how to submit work to Spire, please go to Submit To Spire.