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Can we talk?  
Discussion circles start conversations
that lead to change

Powering a Bright Future
This three-session discussion course explores issues related to energy use and what we can do as individuals and communities to promote energy sustainability.

Introductory Evening
Wednesday, Sept. 14
7 – 9 p.m.

Three-session series
Wednesday evenings
Sept. 21 through Oct. 5
Oliver’s Carriage House

Reconnecting with Earth
This six-session discussion course explores how cultural beliefs and personal values affect the way we view and treat Earth. We will discuss how our well-being is inextricably linked to that of the planet and discover a deeper respect for the planet and a renewed commitment to act.
Introductory Evening
Wednesday, Oct. 12
7 – 9 p.m.

Six-session series
Wednesday evenings
Oct. 19 through
Nov. 30
Oliver’s Carriage House
Columbia, MD  21044

For more information about these discussion circles, visit our Circle Page. To register please email
Our regional climate plan needs YOU
Public RGGI Meeting at MDE
Thursday, Sept. 1,  6 - 8 p.m.
1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore
Details HERE 
Email to carpool.
Maryland has been a strong and progressive leader in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a partnership between our state and eight other Northeastern states. We need to act now to lock in critical updates. Your input is critical. A stronger Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) with 40 percent economy-wide carbon reductions will create thousands of jobs and save electric customers money, all while protecting Marylanders' health and the environment. Read here and here why protecting RGGI is so important to you and Maryland.
Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility invites health professionals to sign this letter.
Help Override Governor Hogan's Veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act
The Clean Energy Jobs Act (SB 921/HB 1106), which passed during the 2016 General Assembly session, called for Maryland to get 25 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, by 2020, up from the current goal of 20 percent by 2022.
Then Governor Hogan vetoed the bill. 
More than half of our state's electricity comes from dirty fossil fuels -- coal, fracked gas and oil. We could meet our current electricity demand by tapping just 10 percent of available renewable resources
for the Clean Energy Jobs Act

A father-son duo biked across Maryland in a Ride for the Override

Tell Congress: No Lame Duck, No TPP 
Help keep up the pressure to STOP the corporate-power-grabbing Trans Pacific Partnership. One dastardly section of this pact lets a corporation sue (in a corporate tribunal) over any regulation thought to cut into anticipated profits. (Under NAFTA, TransCanada is already suing the U.S., demanding compensation for loss of profits from the rejected Keystone XL pipeline.)
Here's how you can help:
1. Sign a petition saying NO to the TPP
2. Meet with your legislators to deliver a TPP'zza.
3. On the first day Congress is back in session, attend actions planned in DC. Facebook event  here.

HoCo Climate Change appreciates your support.

Steering Committee
Monday, Sept. 12
7 p.m. 
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Advocacy Team
Wednesday, Sept. 21
7 p.m. at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend. 
Circle Committee

How to Let Go
of the World
A Josh Fox Film

Order on iTunes
Release Friday, Aug. 26
Get this movie from iTunes and host a screening for your friends and neighbors.
This film is unlike any other you’ve ever seen on climate change. 
Screening guide and suggested actions 

 Hands Across Our Lands
Saturday,  Aug. 27
4 - 5 p.m.

Show solidarity with all communities nationwide, including Cove Point, threatened by fossil fuel infrastructure. Bring family and friends.
#SOS for #WeCovePoint
 #WeAreCovePoint needs donations to keep up this fight. Nearly 90 organizations called on Gov. Hogan to order a full safety study for the fracked-gas liquefaction and export facility being built in Cove Point within a couple miles of 2,365 homes, 19 daycare centers, three churches, two schools, and two shopping centers.  
Trail heads

Greg and Anna, our friends from the Walk For Our Grandchildren, have been hiking the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness and $ for Preservation, Not Pipelines. Anna had to head home because of injuries, but her father presses on. Pledge a penny a mile here. Follow along on Facebook here. Back story here.

Let's keep fracking
out of Maryland

Here's how
  1. Please LIKE the statewide coalition's new Facebook page  
  2. Please help collect #DontFrackMD petition signatures at county libraries through the fall.  RSVP or call 716-562-6276  for times and locations.
  3. Join a tele-briefing on Monday, Aug. 29, at 7:25 p.m. about Maryland's legislative process.
  4. Attend the public meeting in beautiful mountain Maryland on Tuesday, Aug. 30. State delegates from the House Environment and Transportation Committee are heading for Garrett County on Tuesday, Aug. 30, to hear about fracking.                             Email to carpool from Howard County.
Schedule for Tuesday, August 30
 at Garrett College Auditorium, 687 Mosser Road, McHenry, MD
          11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. is a work session with panel supporting fracking.
           2 -3:30 p.m. is a work session with panel opposing or concerned about fracking.
        (The public can attend these work sessions, but only invited panel members will be permitted to speak.)
            5:30 p.m. is a tailgate party in the parking lot for fracking opponents  
            Facebook event for the tailgate party is here and RSVP here.
            6:30 - 8:30 p.m. is the public forum on fracking. 
            Can't attend? Please send your comments to the committee: 
            Email in .pdf format to
            Snail mail to Chairman Kumar Barve, Environment & Transportation Committee,
            6 Bladen St., Room 251, Annapolis 21401; or Fax to 410-841-3509.

Yet more studies show the folly of fracking
  • Johns Hopkins study finds that living near a fracking site is associated with increase in sinus problems, migraines and fatigue. Coverage here, here and here.
  • Another study finds that prenatal exposure to fracking chemicals threatens fertility in mice. More coverage of that study here.
  • An overview of fracking's dead end is here. 
HoCo Climate Change is part of a coalition of more than 100 groups calling for a ban on fracking in our state. Please join this campaign to keep fracking out of our state. 
Details here

Climate News 

  • Bill McKibben writes that climate change is our World War III: It's happening, we're losing and we should mobilize to fight back. 
  • Sioux tribes are taking the lead in trying to stop the 1,172-mile, 30-inch diameter Dakota Access Pipeline (a few miles shorter than Keystone XL). Powerful writing about this battle is here. Bill McKibben draws the connection between #NoDAPL and #LouisianaFlooding here
  • TV meteorologists discuss making the connection between weather and climate. The Ellicott City flood makes a guest appearance in this video.
  • As FERC commissioner, Philip Moeller made numerous decisions that favored energy companies that employed his lobbyist wife.  
  • Activists of childbearing age say climate change isn't just an intellectual problem but "a heart problem."
  • New study finds that, without action on climate change, the millennial generation as a whole will lose nearly $8.8 trillion in lifetime income dealing with the economic, health and environmental impacts of climate change. Democracy Now coverage here.
  • July was the hottest month on record and the Arctic is melting
HoCoCC posted these items and so much more on our Facebook page.
Please LIKE us and keep the updates coming.
How to donate to HoCo Climate Change
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(Chesapeake Climate Action Network)
with HoCo Climate Change on the memo line.

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HoCo Climate Change has partnered with Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) to achieve non-profit status. Donations are tax-deductible.

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