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Time to Mobilize
Let's say this right now: We need each other more than ever. And we will need to think bigger and do more than ever. The federal headwinds are stronger, but we are mobilizing and our goal is unchanged: Shift as quickly as possible to energy that protects all communities and all life on our planet. In Maryland, two things must happen to boost that goal:
                   1)  Override Gov. Hogan's veto
                        of the clean-energy jobs act. 
                   2)  Ban fracking.     

Get fired up on these conference calls ...

Emergency Climate Conference Call
Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Organized by CCAN
Learn about next steps in our region to resist President-elect Trump's anti-democratic, pro-pollution agenda. Get updates about protests, pipelines, fracking and more. Register for the call. Bill McKibben will be on the call, too. CCAN will send you a recording if you can’t be on the call.
Legislative conference call
Jan 9, 7 p.m.
Organized by Sierra Club
Get the latest scoop on legislation to ban fracking in Maryland and other priority bills for the 2017 General Assembly session. Hear from Sierra Club's new ban-fracking organizer in Western Maryland. RSVP to receive call-in number.
... and get answers at the legislative luncheon
Saturday, Jan. 7, 11 a.m.
Lunch and Q&A
with Howard County's Delegation

Sponsored by
the League of Women Voters Howard County

 First Lutheran Church, Ellicott City 
Get your questions ready for members of Howard County's delegation to Annapolis. Bring a dish to serve eight people to get in free.
RSVP: or 410-730-0142. 
Questions: Betsy Singer 443-812-2525.

Help Override Gov. Hogan's Veto
of the Clean Energy Jobs Act
Governor Hogan vetoed the Clean Energy Jobs Act, legislation that would expand Maryland’s use of solar and wind power, create thousands of well-paying jobs, and help thousands of Maryland households get electricity from solar energy. 
Sierra Club and CCAN have created links so you can easily email your state representatives and ask that they override the veto. Sierra Club's is here, CCAN's is here.  


Using your address, find your state delegates and senator here. Then let them know -- more than once -- why you want them to support a ban on fracking in Maryland. Ask them to sign this letter supporting a ban on fracking. The Baltimore Sun editorial board also backs a ban on fracking in Maryland. 
Without action in the General Assembly during the session that runs Jan. 11 to April 10, our 30-month fracking moratorium will expire in October and these sorry regulations will go into effect. An article about the rally and joint legislative hearing on those regs is here. The latest study, out of fracked West Virginia, finds that even the noise from fracking operations hurts nearby residents
This statewide poll of Maryland voters shows broad public support for permanently banning fracking. This poll echos a Washington Post poll that found a similar strong majority opposes fracking in Maryland. 
Keep in mind that industry needs many major new pipelines to move all this fracked gas around, including to export from the still-being-built factory at Cove Point. (In fact, no surprise here, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) just ruled that the Atlantic Coast and Atlantic Sunrise pipelines are super fine for the environment.)
Pipelines everywhere are facing resistance, because of the dangers they bring and because each one keeps us tied to fossil fuels for another 40 to 50 years. (One pipeline would go under the historic C&O Canal and the Potomac River C&O Canal and Potomac River west of Hancock, MD. Write the National Park Service to stop the fracked gas pipeline. The Mountain Valley pipeline will cross the Appalachian Trail. Get details and say no to that one here.)

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Advocacy Team
Tuesday, Jan. 24
7 p.m. 

at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend. 
Steering Committee
Monday, Jan. 30
7 p.m.

at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Circle Committee
 People's Hearing

Speakers rail against FERC's abuses. Lots more, including videos, here.  

Following the Flood:
Ellicott City
Now & In the Future

Sunday, Jan. 15
2 - 4:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
of Howard County

The devastating flood of July 30, 2016, forever changed the lives of residents and the landscape of Ellicott City. James Robey, head of the Historic Ellicott City Flood working group, will discuss progress and challenges in rebuilding a sustainable and historic city. Facebook event here.
 Polar Bear Plunge 
Saturday, Jan. 28
Leap into the
Potomac River
to raise money for CCAN
Check-in starts
at 10 a.m.
Program starts at 11 a.m.
Dash into the Potomac with hundreds of other climate activists for CCAN's 12th annual Polar Bear Plunge. CCAN is dedicating the plunge to the new emergency: the Trump era. Be a participant or support your favorite plunger. 
Save the Date
People's Climate Movement First 100 Days Fight for Climate, Jobs and Justice.  
Saturday, April 29  
Sign up for updates at 

Environmental Learning and Leadership Course
 Thursdays, Feb. 2 to March 23
9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Legacy Leadership Environmental Institute (LLEI) is an environmental educational program that offers briefings from experts at NASA, NOAA, University of Maryland and other agencies. Learn about global climate change, sustainability, Earth systems science, and best practices for leaving an environmental legacy. Class for ages 18 & above. 
Tuition is $100
Classes will be held at:
The Carriage House at Belmont Manor 
6555 Belmont Woods Road, Elkridge  
See flier for details and to register.
For more information, visit  or
contact Betsy Singer or Cathy Hudson.

Maryland Environmental Summit
Thursday, Jan. 26, 4 - 6 p.m.
Miller Senate Office Building
11 Bladen St., Annapolis 
 Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore's health commissioner, will be the keynote speaker at the annual environmental summit that kicks off the General Assembly session. Facebook event page here.  

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