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Maryland Events

Moms and Docs Roundtable
Thursday, June 25, 6 - 8 p.m. 
2640 Space, 2640 Saint Paul St., Baltimore
Climate change represents a “potentially catastrophic risk to human health,” according to a new study in the Lancet. Join in the Moms and Docs roundtable discussion about the threat to health from climate change with Dr. Sara Via of the University of MD, Baltimore writer and mother Laurel Peltier, Environment Maryland, Mom's Clean Air Force, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Sierra Club. Details here.

Speak Out on MD's Unhealthy Air Plan
Monday, June 29
10:00 a.m. - noon

Maryland Department of the Environment 
1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore 

More than 5 million Marylanders live in areas with polluted air that causes asthma and other respiratory issues and even early death. In fact, an MIT study found that the percentage of premature deaths from air pollution is higher in Maryland than in any other state. Attend this hearing to show that we want strong limits on pollution from dirty coal-fired power plants in our state, not the inadequate short-term proposal under consideration. Please contact if you want to testify. Register HERE before June 29.

Stop the Bomb Trains

Rally and Public Hearing
Wednesday, July 8, 5:30 p.m.
City Hall, Baltimore 
Head to Baltimore for a "No Bomb Trains in Baltimore" rally at 5:30 p.m. followed by a City Council public hearing at 6 p.m. about the risks oil-by-rail poses for the city and region. This rally, organized by CCAN, is part of a nationwide week of action to commemorate the oil train catastrophe in Quebec two years ago. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has so far blocked a Targa Resources' permit to transport heavy crude by rail through Baltimore, but the agency asked for more information. Action week info here and Baltimore details here. A letter to the editor about MDE's decision is here

Advocacy Team
Monday, June 29
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Circle Committee
at Charlie's house.
Email Charlie
if you plan to attend.

Steering Committee
Monday, July 27
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Tell the Bureau of Land Management not to frack on our public lands. Comments due Aug. 23

Tell the DC Public Service Commission to reject the Exelon-Pepco merger

Call 1-888-407-1644 to tell President Obama to say #ShellNo to Shell's Arctic drilling plan. Sign petition 
ClimateHoward blog
by Elisabeth Hoffman 

~cove point defenders 
~fracking snakeoil
~the fracking rebellion


We couldn't stop "fast track" of the corporate power grab known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), so now organizing has begun in earnest against the agreement itself. Congress approved legislation Wednesday (June 24) that gives President Obama the power to fast track negotiations on the secret agreement. Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin opposed fast track, although he appears to have waited to vote until he knew the bill would go through anyway. Sen. Barbara Mikulski also voted against fast-tracking the TPP.  (Votes here.) Under fast track, Congress can vote only up or down on the agreement, which will likely be ready in the fall. Because of all the pushback, however, Congress will have 60 days to review the TPP before voting. Here and here are reminders of all that's wrong with the TPP. And here's a look at what's next. A pledge to take action against the TPP is here. 

DC Events

Open House on Moral March for Climate Justice
Monday, July 13,  6 - 8 p.m. 
Martin Luther King Jr. Public Library, Room A-9
901 G St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

 Stop by for information sessions and discussions starting every half-hour about the  Moral March for Climate Justice and events from Sept. 20 – 24 surrounding the pope's D.C visit and speech to Congress. Details here.

Save the Date

Hearings on Maryland's Climate Action Plan
July and August
The Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland Commission on Climate Change will host public meetings to present Maryland’s progress on the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act plan, Maryland’s roadmap for mitigating climate change and carbon pollution. 
Doors open at 6 p.m. and advocacy groups will have booths. Program is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (6:15 in Baltimore).
  • Tuesday, July 14, Baltimore, Patterson Park Branch of Enoch Pratt Free Library, 158 N. Linwood Ave.
  • Thursday, July 16, Wye Mills, Chesapeake Community College.
  • Tuesday, July 28, Frostburg, UMCES Appalachian Laboratory, 301 Midlothian Road – IVN room
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4, All Saints Episcopal Parish Hall,Oakley Road, Avenue.
  • Thursday, Aug. 6, Prince George's County Department of Environment Resources,1801 McCormick Dr., Largo.

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