News from the Climate Change Initiative of Howard County

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New Posts
Upcoming Circles

Change by Degrees: Addressing the
Climate Challenge
Fall 2013

More info here
Book Discussion Circles

State of the World 2013:
“Is Sustainability Still Possible?”
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Group discussion held online
More info here
More showings of Triple Divide here.

Our Public Lands. Take Action before Aug 23 
to Protect Them!

Online petition

Tell Gov O'Malley:
Get the facts on fracking  


Next Advocacy 

Thursday, Aug. 15
7 p.m.

at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy
 or call
if you plan to attend.


Next Steering Committee

Thursday, Aug. 22
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.

Click above to check out petitions on our website!


Bard Conference Call: Wednesday, Sept. 4 at noon with Robert Stone, Filmmaker and Director, Robert Stone Productions, on “Pandora’s Promise”  Details.

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Maryland Events

CCIHC members are planning to attend many of the events below. Email us at 
to join Howard County carpools.
Fracking & TPP
Spread the word
on switching to clean energy 

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 7 - 8:30 p.m., and
Saturday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m. to noon or noon to 2 p.m. Organizing for Action Climate Change will have a training Tuesday evening to prepare for a Saturday effort to show Howard County residents how to switch to a clean energy provider. Sign up here for training
and here for Saturday shifts.   

An Explosion of Fracking and the TPP
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m. (pizza at 6:30 p.m.) in Bethesda
If you missed the panel in Ellicott City on July 9, you have another opportunity to find out why you should be concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This nightmarish free-trade agreement being negotiated in secret would override environmental, health and safety laws and encourage/exacerbate fracking. Check out our web page about this issue. The panel will discuss the TPP again.  More Info.   
Save the Date
Our Health and a Changing Climate
Saturday, November. 9, 9 a.m. to noon
Howard Community College
Speakers include Drs. Cindy Parker and Steve Shapiro, 
authors of Climate Chaos: 
Your Health at Risk; What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family

DC Events

Protest the KXL
Monday, August 12, 8:30 a.m. to about noon. Nonviolent protest concerning the State Department's sham KXL pipeline evaluation. Action initiated by CREDO, Rain Forest Action Network and The Other 98% .  Sign up here. To carpool, email
Workshop on fracking risks
Thursday, Aug. 15, and Friday, Aug 16
The National Academy of Sciences is sponsoring this workshopFree registration for in person
or webcast sessions.
National Academy of Sciences
500 5th Street NW, KECK 100, 20001. 

Check our website frequently
for additional local events.


Maryland Fracking News

Fracking BMPs: Maryland has released draft best management practices (BMPs) for fracking in our state. Submit comments by Sept. 10. The report is here. Info here, here and here.  Email comments to or send these comments.

Compressor station: Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community (MCRC) is raising money to appeal FERC approval for a compressor station in their town for fracked natural gas. The appeal was filed on July 15. To contribute to the legal fund, see  Like MCRC on Facebook


Climate Change News

Walk for our Grandchildren

Harper's Ferry to DC
The Walk for our Grandchildren campaign
was part of's Summer Heat.

Check out the blog with videos & photos of this wonderful event

Congratulations to CCIHC walkers
for participating in the walk:
Liz Feighner (36 miles), Elisabeth Hoffman (48 miles) and Lore Rosenthal (62 miles)
Read articles about CCIHC walkers here & here.
Read ClimateHoward blog about the walk here & here.

More News here

Free Online Courses 
Free Coursera Course: 
  • Climate Change - Aug. 12 to Oct. 14.This course develops an interdisciplinary understanding of the social, political, economic and scientific perspectives on climate change. Info and register
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