News from the Climate Change Initiative of Howard County
ClimateHoward blog by Elisabeth Hoffman 
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Upcoming Circles

Change by Degrees: Addressing the
Climate Challenge
Fall 2013

More info here
Book Discussion Circles

State of the World 2013:
“Is Sustainability Still Possible?”
Join Now

Group discussion held online
More info here

Online petition

Tell Gov O'Malley:
Get the facts on fracking  


Next Advocacy 

Wednesday, Sept. 11
7 p.m.

at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy
 or call
if you plan to attend.


Next Steering Committee

Tuesday, Sept. 24
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.

Click above to check out petitions on our website!


Bard Conference Call: Wednesday, Sept. 4 at noon with Robert Stone, Filmmaker and Director, Robert Stone Productions, on “Pandora’s Promise”  Details.

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Maryland Fracking Update

BE  HEARD on fracking: Maryland is accepting comments on proposed best management practices (BMPs) for fracking in our state. The BMPs are here. Our blog outlines weaknesses of BMPs herehere and here.  Submit comments by Sept. 10Comment ideas here Email comments to or send these comments.  If you take vacations in Garrett or Allegany counties, be sure to take survey that is part of state's economic study (and see here for key to trick question).



Maryland Events

CCIHC members are planning to attend many of the events below. Email us at 
to join Howard County carpools.

Bidder 70 
Friday, Sept. 7, 7 - 9 p.m. 
UU Congregation of Rockville
& Monday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m.
New Deal Café, Greenbelt 

BIDDER 70 is about Tim DeChristopher, who was jailed for 2 years for civil disobedience that derailed a federal oil and gas land sale.  Rockville info here; Greenbelt info here.


Save the Date

Draw the Line: Stop Keystone XL
Saturday, Sept. 21 - local events TBD
Sponsored by - check here for events

Howard County Green Home Tour
Oct. 5 & 6. Get the details here.

Climate Reality Presentation 
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.- Howard County Conservancy. Get details here.
Email for presentations in September -

Your Health and Our Changing Climate
Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to noon
Howard Community College
Speakers include Drs. Cindy Parker
and Steve Shapiro, 
authors of Climate Chaos: 
Your Health at Risk; What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family

DC Events

 Bill McKibben will talk about his new book
"Oil and Honey:
The Education of an Unlikely Activist." 

 Friday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m.
 Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW.  Info here.

Green Festival 2013
Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. &
Sunday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 DC Convention Center
Check our website frequently
for additional local events.



Shale Gas Outrage
Sept. 24-26, Philadelphia
While the gas industry meets, we'll be protesting, donating water to affected communities and attending a conference.
Details here


Climate Change News

Solar panels on all new houses would eliminate brownouts, says a letter writer
How about Hurricane Marco Rubio
Leaked climate report is blunt about the future
More News here


Free Online Courses 
Free Coursera Course:
  • Energy, the Environment and Our Future  - Sept. 16 - Nov. 4.  Get Rich and Save the Earth…Or Else! Learn about the past, present, and possible futures of human energy use. Info and register
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