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On the eve of the big U.N summit in Paris, the climate movement is taking to the streets. Our message: Keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050.
French authorities have banned the large climate march planned in Paris, so we will have to make up for that with huge marches around the world. Join us in DC for a creative, art-filled, fun action just outside the White House. RSVP for our carpool from Columbia to Greenbelt Metro here. To carpool, meet at noon at Broken Land WEST Park and Ride at Route 32 & Broken Land Pkwy., Columbia
Email with your name and cell and we'll respond with our cell and updates on the carpool. RSVP for the rally through 350 or AVAAZ.
Save the date is posting events to mark the end of the climate negotiations on Saturday, Dec. 12.  Save the date and keep checking here and here.
Stop the Incinerator Rally
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 4 p.m.
Maryland Dept. of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, 21230
The fight to stop the incinerator near Curtis Bay is far from over. Even though Baltimore City and 22 other public entities have withdrawn support for the project, Energy Answers plans to start construction in 2016. Many in the community, led by the #FreeYourVoice students of United Workers, have worked to develop positive alternatives. The state permits have expired. We are calling on MDE to act on the facts, enforce the law and rescind the permits.
Please sign the petition here calling on MDE to rescind the incinerator permits.
Speak out on climate
The Maryland Climate Commission (along with Maryland Departments of the Environment and Natural Resources) is holding a series of public meetings around the state to discuss climate change issues and the Commission's 2016 work plans. Please attend one of the five meetings:  
The Maryland Climate Commission also is sponsoring a citizens'  lobby-training webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 8,
7 - 8 p.m. Sign up here.

Coalition calls for ban on fracking in Maryland

HoCo Climate Change is part of a coalition of 70 groups that called last week for a ban on fracking in our state. Maryland's fracking moratorium will expire in October 2017, and fracking regulations are to be written by October 2016. The coalition, points to fracking's many harms, including to climate, health, water, food and the economy. Please join this campaign to keep fracking out of our state. Campaign details here.
Adding to the mounting evidence against fracking, a science advisory panel has disputed the EPA's 1,000-page draft report that found minimal harm to water from fracking. The science panel said that conclusion is not consistent with the data and observations in the rest of the report. In its preliminary report, the board says: "Of particular concern is the statement of no widespread, systemic impacts on drinking-water resources. Neither the system of interest nor the definitions of widespread, systemic or impact are clear and it is not clear how this statement reflects the uncertainties and data limitations described in the Report's chapters." 

Advocacy Team
Monday, Nov. 30
7 p.m. at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Steering Committee
Monday, Dec. 15
7 p.m. at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Circle Committee
if you plan to attend.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Rejected

President Obama's announcement.

The Fight For CJ's Law
The film showcases the plight of oil and gas workers and their horrific working conditions.
Screening Guide

Climate Change News 

  •  A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science shows that ‪#ExxonLies‬ and ‪#KochLies‬ worked to sow doubt about the link between climate chaos and our use of fossil fuels. 
  • New York Times graphic shows that nations' pledges to cut carbon emissions would still lead to a global temperature rise of more than 6 degrees F -- not nearly enough to avert climate catastrophe. The goal has been to reduce temperatures 3.5 degrees F (2 degrees C).   
  • More than 2,100 academics from more than 80 nations and a range of disciplines endorse a moral and political statement addressed to global leaders ahead of the U.N. climate conference in Paris.
  • North Vancouver in British Columbia puts climate warnings on gas station pumps, such as: "Use of this product contributes climate change which may put up to 30 percent of species at a likely risk of extinction."  
  • Judge in Washington sides with Our Children's Trust and says that state has a constitutional obligation to protect the atmosphere for future generations. The judge declared that “[the youths’] very survival depends upon the will of their elders to act now, decisively and unequivocally, to stem the tide of global warming … before doing so becomes first too costly and then too late.”
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