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Buy Local, Eat Local, Be Local!
Saturday, April 16
10 a.m. - 4 pm.
Howard Community College

Visit for more information and the GreenFest schedule.

Please stop by our table.

Saturday, April 16, to Monday, April 18

Climate groups such as and Food & Water Watch support Democracy Awakening events, demanding an end to voter suppression and money in politics.  Without a Democracy Awakening, our efforts to move off fossil fuels, ban fracking, stop toxic trade deals, and protect our food and water from corporate control will always meet strong resistance. Speakers at a rally Sunday include  biologist and fracktivist Sandra Staingraber, Annie Leonard of Greenpeace, Wenonah Hauter of Food & Water Watch, the Rev. William Barber II, president of the NC NAACP, and many more.  Email to carpool to DC on Sunday.  All events listed here.

Time in Nature: Caring and Sharing
Sunday, April 17,  2 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Howard County
Featuring Dr. Chiara D’Amore
Founder and director, Columbia Families in Nature
and Congressman John Sarbanes
Details HERE.

Advocacy Team
Thursday, April 28
7 p.m. at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend. 
Steering Committee
Monday, April 18
7 p.m. 
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Circle Committee
if you plan to attend.

Solar 101 Workshop
Saturday, April 23
10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

 Transition Howard County and Solar Energy World will present a free solar workshop, including information on how solar works, the latest solar technologies, SRECs, green jobs, and guest speakers from MOMS Clean Air Force and Transition Howard County.
For free registration,
sign up by April 15 at  or call 888-485-1909.


Let's keep fracking
out of Maryland

Prince George's bans fracking
Prince George's County Council voted to ban fracking in that county. “We are taking a lead in the state to protect our quality of life here. It will lay the groundwork for a statewide ban in Maryland, said Council member Mary A. Lehman. The Taylorsville shale basin, which is being leased in Virginia, runs under Prince George's and north to Annapolis. “We hope the Maryland legislature follows suit," said Thomas Meyer, senior organizer for Food & Water Watch. Read more herehere, here, and here.

HoCo Climate Change is part of a coalition of more than 70 groups 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

Victories to celebrate
The General Assembly passed the Clean Energy Jobs Actwhich calls for our state to get 25 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources like wind and solar by 2020, up from the previous goal of 20 percent by 2022. This bill awaits Governor Hogan's signature. Previously, legislators passed and Governor Hogan signed the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Act  (SB 323/HB 610), setting as our state's new goal a 40 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

#BreakFree From Fossil Fuels 
Sunday, May 15, 1 p.m. in front of the White House, #BreakFree DC
will ask President Obama to stop all offshore drilling. Sign up here.

May 16 - 22, with training and art-build May 15. Tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to stop rubber-stamping permits for fracked-gas pipelines, compressor stations and export facilities. Sign up here.

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. We are working on renting a bus from Columbia.

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