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Naomi Klein 

JHU Foreign Affairs Symposium
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m.
Shriver Hall, Homewood Campus, JHU

Naomi Klein, environmentalist and author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, will speak at the Johns Hopkins Foreign Affairs Symposium at Shriver Hall in the JHU Homewood Campus. This event is free and open to the public, although reserved seats are available for $25 and can by purchased in advance through Info here.

Don't let Exxon get away
with climate fraud.
It's time to investigate Exxon.
From the Los Angeles Times and InsideClimate Newsreporting, we’ve seen that Exxon knew the truth about climate change in the 1970s -- and used that knowledge to plan for drilling in the melting Arctic. At the same time, the company devoted its wealth to spreading disinformation, similar to Big Tobacco’s playbook. Call on Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to join in the expanding probe of Exxon’s deception.

Raise your voice in Annapolis

Mama Summit - Moms Clean Air Force
Annapolis Lobby Day
Thursday, Feb. 25, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Mama Summit - Moms Clean Air Force Annapolis lobby day for clean energy jobs bill at Maryland State Capitol, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis. Register here.  

Help Pass the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act
Send a message to your state legislators urging them to make sure Maryland works to reduce climate pollution by voting for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act today.

Maryland Climate Legislation 
A summary of climate legislation for 2016.

Email to help form carpools. 

Advocacy Team
Monday, Feb. 22
7 p.m. at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend. 
Steering Committee
Monday, March 14
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

Spring 2016
Wednesday evenings

Kittamaqundi Church, Columbia

Be part of a discussion circle starting the spring. Possible circle topics are here. Let us know which circle topic interests you. For more information and to signup, email us at Circles.


Sunday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m.
 Dr. Gaye Burpee, senior adviser, Latin America Catholic Relief Services 
"Where Climate Change Hits the Hardest "
  Find out how climate change threatens the lives and survival of millions in regions that are highly vulnerable to extreme weather. Then be part of a "Climate Disaster Simulation." Flier here.


Cove Point Spring Break/Action Camp
Sunday, March 6, to Monday, March 14
Southern Maryland
Head for spring break camp to learn how to take collective action and take on fracked-gas infrastructure. For students, activists and residents who want to the stop the fracked-gas industry in Cove Point and along the East Coast. Participate for a day or two or the whole week. Register and buy day or week-long tickets. Details at and the Spring Break Facebook page.
Climate Change Impacts on Public Health
Climate Speaker Series 
Thursday, March 17, 7 - 9 p.m.  
Annapolis Friends Meeting
Dr. Amir Sapkota, associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, will provide local and national perspectives on how climate change affects our health. Cosponsored by the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis and the Maryland Climate Coalition.

 Democracy Awakening
Saturday - Monday, April 16-18
Climate groups such as and Food & Water Watch are supporting the Democracy Awakening events, demanding an end to voter suppression and money in politics. We will never move off fossil fuels, ban fracking, stop toxic trade deals, and protect our food and water from corporate control without a Democracy Awakening. Included are demonstrations, teach-ins, direct action training and music. Kicking off the event is a march from Philadelphia to DC that starts April 2. Events are here.

#BreakFreeFrom FossilFuels
May 7 - 15

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

March for Clean Energy Revolution
Sunday, July 24, noon

On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, thousands of people will march through the streets of Philadelphia to call for the end of fracking and other dirty fossil fuels and a quick and just transition to a future with clean, renewable energy. Facebook page here.


Let's keep fracking out of Maryland

 The Prince George’s County Council planning and zoning committee voted unanimously to pass a ban on fracking in the county. Parts of southern Prince George's lie over the Taylorsville shale basin that stretches from Virginia to Annapolis. A vote before the full council is planned in March. A Texas-based company has already leased more than 85,000 acres in Virginia.

Also this month, a Harvard study points to huge increase in methane emissions in the United States.This is only the most recent study showing fracking is bad for the climate. The EPA science panel's latest draft reviewing that agency's fracking report repeats earlier criticism and says the initial rosy conclusions appear "inconsistent with the observations, data, and levels of uncertainty presented and discussed in the body of the draft Assessment Report."
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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