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New Discussion Circle

Information Session Wednesday, Sept. 2
                                      Change Is Our Choice:
Creating Climate Solutions

Wednesdays, 7 - 9 p.m.
Sept. 2 - Oct. 7
Introductory Evening
Wednesday, Sept. 2

Oliver's Carriage House (Kittamaqundi Church)    Columbia
This five-session discussion course addresses climate change and its moral implications. Together, we can find ways to make our communities more resilient and lessen the effects of climate change. Presented in an interactive ebook, this new course uses video, audio and printed content and includes action plans. For more information and to sign up, contact HoCo Climate Change Circle Committee.

Education and Advocacy Training
on Maryland’s Climate Action Plan

Saturday, Sept. 19
10 a.m. to noon.
Miller Library (Patapsco Room) 
 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City
This fall, activists from across the state will learn how to advocate for the renewal of Maryland’s Climate Action Plan. We will be calling for more conservation and more clean, renewable energy to power our homes and communities. On Sept. 19,  get  hands-on lessons about how to lobby legislators to ensure that Maryland takes strong action on climate change. 
Sponsored by HoCo Climate Change, the Howard County League of Women Voters and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.  

For more information or to RSVP, email
Howard County 
Climate Action Plan

Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.
Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia 

Get the latest on one of Howard County's best-kept secrets: the Climate Action Plan. It's on the agenda for the next meeting of the county Environmental Sustainability Board. Let's make sure we have a strong climate action plan in place.   

In the region

Pope Francis is headed to the United States with a strong call for climate action, environmental justice and an economic overhaul. He'll arrive in DC Sept. 22, meet with President Obama Sept. 23 and speak to Congress on Sept 24. His encyclical, Laudato Si' : On Care for Our Common Home, is a powerful critique of  the global economic system, rampant consumerism and the exploitation of people and nature. (Read Bill McKibben's review here.)

Many actions are planned in the lead-up to the pope's speech and his visit to the UN on Sept. 25: 
  • From Sept. 8-25, Beyond Extreme Energy has organized a water-only Fast For No New Permits at FERC and in communities. BXE targets FERC because that rogue agency approves the pipelines, compressor stations, and storage and export facilities that make fracking possible. Stop by to support those who are fasting. Details here.
  • BXE's fast overlaps with the Franciscan Action Network's fast from Sept. 14-23 at McPherson Square.
  • Jewish rabbis will lead the Yom Kippur Day of Atonement/At-Onement on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the Lincoln Memorial.
  • When the pope addresses Congress on Thursday, Sept. 24, we will be outside on the National Mall for the Moral March for Climate Justice. The pope's speech will be broadcast live, and speeches and music are planned before and after. Details here and here. To carpool from Columbia, email
  • An interfaith service, Coming Together in Faith and Celebration, is planned for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the National Cathedral.
                                 People and Planet First
Saturday, Sept. 19
1:30 - 9 p.m.
University of Baltimore
During afternoon workshops and an evening dialogue, help chart a course for Maryland that benefits our planet, workers and democracy.                                                    Register here.  

Advocacy Team
Monday, Sept. 21
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.

Circle Committee
Friday, Sept. 25
10 a.m.
at Florence's house.
Email Circle Committee
if you plan to attend.

Steering Committee
Monday, Sept. 28
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.

The DC PSC rejected the merger. You were heard. 

Ask Governor Hogan to voice his support for the Clean Power Plan
Sign Petition

Save our Renewable Energy Act
fracking Maryland
Slash Greenhouse Gas Pollution:
Get the Facts for Action

Tuesday, Nov. 17
7 - 9 p.m.
East Columbia Library

Earth Forum of
Howard County

  returns Sunday, Oct. 18
for its seventh season.
 Earth Forum is held the third Sunday of the month, at 2 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Howard County

Stop fracked gas exports from Maryland
Don't let Dominion start liquefying and exporting fracked gas. Please donate to We Are Cove Point to support powerful actions designed to end this project. Don't wait until it's too late. No amount is too small (or too large).
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by Elisabeth Hoffman 

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