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Raise your voice in Annapolis
Environmental Legislative Summit
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 4 - 6 p.m.

Hear from key legislative leaders and advocates about environmental priorities for the 2016 session. (Bring your ID to get into the building.) 
Info here. Register here.

Annapolis Lobby Night for clean energy
with the Maryland Climate Coalition
Monday, Feb. 8,  5 - 7:30 p.m.
James Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen St. 
2nd floor conference room
Howard, Baltimore and Harford countians have our own lobby night for the 2016 session, which runs from Jan. 13 to April 11. On Feb. 8, lobby your state senators and delegates about clean energy and a safe climate. Sign up here.
Ban the bag
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 9 - 11 a.m.
 Lawyers Mall, Annapolis. 
Join Blue Water Baltimore and Trash Free Maryland for a rally to support a statewide ban on plastic bags, which are made from byproducts of climate-wrecking fossil fuels. Rally info here. What's more, research shows that plastic -- particularly single-use items such as bags, cups and bottles -- now pollutes the entire globe.

Email to carpool to these events. 

Call-in week for clean energy
Feb. 15 - 19 

Ask your legislators to support more clean energy in Maryland. Call on them to support the Clean Energy Jobs Act and the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act.
Details here and Facebook event here.  
Legacy Leadership Environmental Institute
Winter Noncredit Course
Howard Community College
 Thursdays, Feb. 4 to March 24
9 a.m. to 3:45 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 and 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 Events

National Mobilization to Stop the TPP
Thursday, Feb. 4 
4:30 - 6 p.m.

World Trade Center, Baltimore Inner Harbor

This is the first date that President Obama could sign the corporate-power-grabbing Trans Pacific Partnership. The TPP is full of horrors, including, as Jason Kowalski of said, "giving fossil fuel companies the extraordinary ability to sue local governments that try and keep fossil fuels in the ground." "TPP is Betrayal" actions are planned in more than 30 cities, including Baltimore. Details here. (A DC action is Wednesday, Feb. 3, at noon.) Info on the TPP is here and here. Or read the whole thing here

Columbia Solar Co-op Info Session
Thursday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m.
Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville
Get the basics on the solar co-op in Howard County, which is based on the same principle as bulk buying. Homeowners can save 20 percent of the cost of a solar system. RSVP at Columbia solar info session and please mention HoCo Climate Change. Flier here.
Monday, Feb. 1, 6:30 p.m.
Loyola University, Baltimore
Groundswell Rising, Protecting Our Children’s Air And Water, the feature movie, is about communities passionately defending against fracking. Preceding the film will be a short, White Earth, an Oscar-nominated film about an oil boom seen through unexpected eyes. Free and open to the public. Details here.
Please donate to
HoCo Howlers 

Dan Helfrich
and Liz Feighner are plunging  

Saturday, Jan. 30
to raise money for CCAN.
Support DanLiz or the team.
The "Keep Winter Cold" Polar Bear Plunge
is CCAN's chief fundraising event. It's not too late
to donate.

Steering Committee
Monday, Feb. 15
7 p.m. 
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Advocacy Team
Monday, Feb. 22
7 p.m. at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend. 
Circle Committee
if you plan to attend.

Discussion Circles

 February 2016
Wednesday evenings 
Kittamaqundi Church, Columbia 
Be part of a discussion circle starting in February. Possible circle topics are here. Let us know which circle topic interests you. For more information and to signup, email us at Circles.

Path Forward to a Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Energy Future
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m. 
Join a phone discussion about the Paris climate agreement and its implications for our energy future and nuclear power.
Register here.

Save the Date

Save May 7 - 15 for BOLD Action 

#BreakFree actions will target some of the major, dangerous fossil fuel projects.  Sign up now for updates.


Thursday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m. 
Red Emma's, 30 W. North Avenue, Baltimore. 
Find out about the fight to stop Dominion's fracked-gas export facility at Cove Point in Calvert County. Speaking will be folks from SEED (Stopping Extraction and Exports Destruction), Calvert Citizens for a Health Community, We Are Cove Point, Beyond Extreme Energy and other friends from the movement resisting fracked-gas infrastructure in the Mid-Atlantic. 
hereInfo about Cove Point spring break training is here.


Let's keep fracking out of Maryland

EPA hearings on fracking (by phone)
EPA science advisers are disputing that agency's rosy view of fracking. An EPA science advisory panel will be discussing the findings and taking public comment at a meeting Monday, Feb. 1, 11  a.m. - 6 p.m. (spilling over to Feb. 2, if needed). You can listen to the whole thing by phone and call in here. Public comments are from 11:35 a.m. to  2:50 p.m. The agenda is here. To sign up to speak, email Edward Hanlon,, 202-564-2134. The speakers’ list is here.

In addition, two conference calls this week highlight how extracting methane (aka natural gas) and sending it through new pipelines and compressors is not good for our communities or our climate. 
The Methane Problem
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2 - 3 p.m. 
Conference call on recent research about methane leakage from the natural gas sector and how it could undermine the Clean Power Plan goals. 
March for a Clean Energy Revolution 
Thursday, Feb. 4, 8 p.m. (641) 715-3655; Code: 776632
This call is to plan for the March for a Clean Energy Revolution on July 24 in Philly, outside and on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. Speakers include biologist and fractivist Sandra Steingraber, ecologist Robert Howarth and F&WW Director Wenonah Hauter. 
FB event page here.
HoCo Climate Change is part of a coalition of more than 70 groups that is calling 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.

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