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We are all frontline communities

We are witnessing a huge expansion of infrastructure for fracked gas.
Communities along the way are fighting back, but federal regulators approve every pipeline, gas export plant, gas storage facility and compressor station (an expansion is proposed in Howard County). The nation's all-of-the-above energy policy is a bridge to catastrophic climate change that is ruining our health, land, air, water and democracy. We need to build on the People's Climate March, and November offers many opportunities.  
 
Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) is a week of climate action, Nov. 1 - 7, in Washington, DC,  including sit-ins with dramatic art at the entrance to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
The week opens Saturday, Nov. 1, with a welcome rally for the Great March for Climate Action, as its journey ends in Washington, DC. To walk on the final segment Saturday, meet at 8:30 a.m. at Elm Street Urban Park near the Bethesda metro and march 7 miles to Lafayette Park for a rally from 1 to 2:30 p.m. To carpool to metro, email HoCo Climate Change.
 
On Sunday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.training and last-minute art-making will be at the Impact Hub DC, 419 7th St. NW, DC. A $20 donation is requested.
Peaceful sit-ins at FERC are planned each weekday morning. During the afternoon, protests are planned at other offices, such as the Democratic National Committee (Monday) and NPR (Thursday). Participate one day or every day. Sign up hereschedule here and here. Please consider joining the jail support committee here for the morning sit-ins.
The People's Climate March was just the beginning.
Howard County Events


Changing Landscape:

Observations from Space 
 Saturday, Nov. 8,  9 a.m. to noon. 

Howard Community College

This free forum examines urban, agricultural, and forest landscape changes in the Chesapeake Bay watershed resulting from development and climate change. Special NASA exhibits on display before and after events. Three guest lectures from NASA, US Geological Survey, and University of Maryland.  See flier here
Registration recommended: Howardcc.edu/NASAforum

New Discussion Circle Starting
Thursday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m.
Nov. 6 - Dec. 18
 Wegmans - 
(upstairs meeting space)
                      8855 McGaw Road, Columbia
                         
Join this seven-session discussion circle to learn more about global warming and explore the big picture of energy. Meet with other concerned citizens and feel inspired and supported as you join the fight to address climate change.

Wind Power For Your Household

Clean Energy at Affordable Prices
through Group Purchasing Power

Join HoCo Climate Change, Groundswell, and more than 1,800 residents and switch your home or apartment to clean power this fall. 
Through a group-negotiated offer with Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES), you can support 100 percent wind power at the most affordable price available on the market. 

This offer is available only until Nov. 21.

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To switch, visit act.groundswell.org/hoco
For more information, visit here

Still More To Do

 
Fight the proposed Exelon-Pepco merger: We joined other organizations around the state to oppose this proposed merger, which would give Exelon a near monopoly and hamper our transition to clean energy. Info here and letter of opposition here. This merger must get approval from the DC and Maryland Public Service Commissions. Stay tuned. 
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Newsletter
Highlights
ClimateHoward blog
by Elisabeth Hoffman 
Circles
 
Starting Nov. 6

Change by Degrees: Addressing the Climate Challenge

 To Register and
for more info 
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Check out all the topics here


Steering Committee

Tuesday, Nov. 18
7 p.m. 
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
410-730-7740
if you plan to attend.
 
Advocacy Team
Early December, TBD
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
410-730-7740
if you plan to attend.
 
Circle Committee
TBD
at Charlie's house.
Email Charlie
if you plan to attend.



 

Legacy Leadership Environmental Institute
Learning-packed, 8-week environmental education and volunteer leadership institute. Hear from experts from NASA, NOAA, the University of Maryland and other organizations,
.Check out this opportunity
Even the US Energy Dept. says exporting fracked gas is not clean. WaPo article also quotes Mike Tidwell.


Stand up to polluters and add your voice in support of the EPA's effort to limit carbon pollution from all existing power plants.

Free Online Courses

Maryland & DC Events
 
Saturday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m. 
 Westminster Branch Library in Carroll County 
The speaker will be Dee Williams, author of The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir, co-owner of Portland Alternative Dwellings, teacher, and sustainability advocate. This free event is supported by the Catoctin Group Sierra Club.


Climate Leadership Summit
Saturday, Nov. 8,  1 - 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 9, 1:30 - 6 p.m.
 Washington, DC.
Change the Course, a free program from Rainforest Action Network (RAN), is a series of climate-focused workshops and visioning sessions in cities across the country and a new online platform. RAN will crowd-source a vision of what a sustainable and just future would look like — and develop the strategies and tactics that will get us there. Free. Friends Meeting of Washington,  2111 Florida Ave NW,  Washington, DC, near Dupont Circle Metro. Facebook Event here. For info, contact Ted Conwell, Founder of www.climatefirst.us,  (301) 589-7598.
 
Stop Crude-by-Rail in Baltimore 
 Charles Village Town Hall: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 6 - 8 p.m. 
East Baltimore: Tuesday, Dec. 2  6 - 8 p.m.   
Texas-based Targa Resources has filed a permit to construct a crude oil shipping facility at Fairfield Peninsula, putting thousands from Baltimore at risk of spill or explosion. The people of South Baltimore are fighting back against this dirty energy plan. Learn how you can help keep North Dakota crude oil and Canadian tar sands out of Baltimore. In Charles Village  Nov. 11, sign up here. In East Baltimore Dec. 2, sign up here. See article on earlier town hall here.
 
Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission meetings
Wednesday, Nov. 5, Eastern Garrett Volunteer Fire Department
401 Finzel Road, Frostburg
 

 Tuesday, Nov. 25,  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Continuing Education Building Rooms CE 12-14, Allegany College of Maryland, 12401 Willowbrook Road SE, Cumberland
Fracking Risk Assessment comments due
Monday, Nov. 17, by 5 p.m.
 Info here.  Risk assessment here.


Energy, Health, and Climate Change in Maryland
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. (optional potluck at 6 p.m.) At the Howard County Sierra Club group meeting, Seth Bush of Maryland Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign will provide an energy briefing. Meeting is at an Ellicott City home; reservation required. RSVP: Meagan Braganca,  443-546-3879,  meagan.braganca@mdsierra.org
 
 Find more events on our website.
HoCo Climate Change members save energy by carpooling. 
Email us to start or join a carpool.
Home Energy Audit

Lower your utility bills and carbon footprint ...
and support HoCo Climate Change
Get a Home Performance energy audit with greeNEWit, a local Howard County company, for $100 (a $400 value) and HoCo Climate Change can receive a $40 referral fee. (Please be sure to list us as the referring group.)
For more information, please visit greeNEWit and schedule a FREE consultation

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