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Advocacy Training on
Maryland’s Climate Action Plan

Saturday, Sept. 19
10 a.m. to noon.
Miller Library (Patapsco Room) 
 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City
This fall, activists from across the state will learn how to advocate for the renewal of Maryland’s Climate Action Plan. We will be calling for more conservation and more clean, renewable energy to power our homes and communities. On Sept. 19,  get  hands-on lessons about how to lobby legislators to ensure that Maryland takes strong action on climate change. 
Sponsored by HoCo Climate Change, the Howard County League of Women Voters and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.  

For more information or to RSVP, email or
view our Facebook Event

In the region

Pope Francis is headed to the United States with a strong call for climate action, environmental justice and an economic overhaul. He'll arrive in DC Sept. 22, meet with President Obama Sept. 23 and speak to Congress on Sept 24. His encyclical, Laudato Si' : On Care for Our Common Home, is a powerful critique of  the global economic system, rampant consumerism and the exploitation of people and nature. (Read Bill McKibben's review here.)

When the pope addresses Congress on Thursday, Sept. 24, we will be outside on the National Mall for the Moral Action for Climate Justice rally. The pope's remarks will be broadcast live, and speeches and music are planned starting at 7:30 a.m.. Details here and here.
To carpool from Columbia to the Metro (leaving about 5:30 a.m.), email

Other actions are planned in the lead-up to the pope's speech and his visit to the UN on Sept. 25. (Check links for updates on times and locations.)
  • From Sept. 8-25, Beyond Extreme Energy has organized a water-only Fast For No New Permits at FERC and in communities. BXE targets FERC because that rogue agency approves the pipelines, compressor stations, and storage and export facilities that make fracking possible. Stop by to support those who are fasting. Details here. Blog post here.
  • BXE's fast overlaps with the Franciscan Action Network's fast from Sept. 14-23 at McPherson Square.
  • Jewish rabbis will lead the Yom Kippur Day of Atonement/At-Onement  starting Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6;30 and all day Wednesday at the Lincoln Memorial.  
  • An overnight Interfaith Prayer Vigil is Wednesday 7 p.m., to Thursday 7 a.m. near the National Mall at John Marshall Place Park.
  • An interfaith service, Coming Together in Faith and Celebration, is planned for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the National Cathedral. Free tickets are available.
Thursday, Sept. 17, noon
Freedom Plaza (Across from Wilson Building) 
1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

The DC Public Service Commission voted to reject the Exelon-Pepco merger, but Exelon is trying to push thorough a backroom deal with DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. Don't let Exelon sneak in the back door. Details here.
ClimateHoward blog
by Elisabeth Hoffman 

**new post**
~hungering for climate justice
cove point defenders 
~fracking snakeoil
~the fracking rebellion

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

Circle Committee
Friday, Sept. 25
10 a.m.
at Florence's house.
Email Circle Committee
if you plan to attend.

Steering Committee
Monday, Sept. 28
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.

Save our Renewable Energy Act
fracking Maryland
Slash Greenhouse Gas Pollution:
Get the Facts for Action

Tuesday, Nov. 17
7 - 9 p.m.
East Columbia Library

Earth Forum of
Howard County

  returns Sunday, Oct. 18
for its seventh season.
 Earth Forum is held the third Sunday of the month, at 2 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Howard County

                                                      People and Planet First
                        Saturday, Sept. 19
                            1:30 - 9 p.m.
                    University of Baltimore
During afternoon workshops and an evening dialogue, help chart a course for Maryland that benefits our planet, workers and democracy. Register hereTo carpool from Columbia, email
Live Better and Greener!
Green Homes Now Tour
Oct. 3 and 4
The 2015 Howard County Green Homes Now tour is in conjunction with the Maryland & DC Tour of Solar and Green Homes on Oct. 3 and 4. See how how people in Howard County have been "greening" their homes and living more sustainably. The tour is a great opportunity to ask people about their experiences with going green.  
Homes are open during 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Most homes are open on only one of the days (Saturday or Sunday), so please plan your visits accordingly.  Please visit the Transition Howard County web site for information on the Green Homes Now Tour.
Movie Screening of Revolution
 Sunday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m.
Unitarian-Universalist Church of Silver Spring 
10309 New Hampshire Ave. 
Silver Spring

"This is no longer about saving our oceans; it's about saving ourselves," says film director Rob Stewart. The documentary is a call-to-action with the uplifting message that it's possible to alleviate the damage already done. Trailer here. Tickets here.

Climate Change News 

  • New website tells the weather and climate projections for your area. 
  • More reports on fracking's ill effects here, here, here and here.
  • Snow pack in California's Sierra Nevada is lowest in 500 years, study shows.
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