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Free Film Screening in Columbia

Groundswell Rising 
Powerful Fractivist Film

With special guest Craig Stevens

Sunday, Aug. 2, 3:30 p.m. 
   Historic Oakland Manor 
5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia

Join us for a free screening of Groundswell Rising, a new documentary about fracking that interviews parents, scientists, doctors, farmers, and people from every political persuasion who are fighting to protect their families, their health, their property and livelihood. Discussion follows the film.
Pennsylvania resident Craig Stevens, who is featured in the film, will share his family's experiences
and answer questions.

This event is sponsored by HoCo Climate Change, Food & Water Watch, Howard County's Sierra Club Group, League of Women Voters of Howard County, Town Center Community Association, and Transition Howard County. View clips of the film here. Email us for more information at
Speak up for Action
on Climate Change


The Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland Commission on Climate Change are hosting public meetings to present Maryland’s progress on the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act, our state's road map for reducing carbon pollution that causes climate change. MDE and the commission will take comments about the future of this law, which expires in 2016. Let's make sure the plan is renewed and strengthened during the next legislative session. The remaining hearings are: 
  • 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.
Each program is from 6 - 8 p.m.; advocacy groups will have booths beforehand.
If you can't attend one of the sessions, send your comments to
Tips for crafting your comments
are here and here
A summary of the existing plan is here
Let the commission and MDE know that fracking for shale gas is not the solution and comes with a host of health and environmental hazards.

Go Solar

 Columbia Solar Cooperative Information Session   
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 7 - 8 p.m. 
The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place
Columbia residents can join a local cooperative and get a deep discount on solar. Columbia Association is partnering with Civic Works' Retrofit Baltimore to promote this program. Register here: Retrofit Baltimore

Climate Change News 

  • Climate scientist James Hansen issues dire warning on pace of climate change. Coverage here and here. He and his team of scientists say melting glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will result in sea-level rise of at least 10 feet in as little as 50 years. See map of 10 feet of sea level rise here
  • New study comparing three Pennsylvania counties finds higher hospitalization rates in areas with fracking. 
  • The recession, not the use of fracked gas, led to emissions reductions from 2007 to 2012. 
  • In drought-ravaged California, frack wastewater is being used to irrigate crops. 
  • Climate scientists and activists are increasingly gloomy
  • Maryland Public Service Commission is requiring utilities to increase conservation targets and cut power use by 2 percent a year. These rules are among the most aggressive in the nation. 


New Discussion Circle
Begins this Fall

Change Is Our Choice:
Creating Climate Solutions

Wednesday evenings starting Sept. 2
Oliver's Carriage House, Columbia

For more information and to sign up, contact
HoCo Climate Change    Circle Committee

Circle Committee
Friday, Aug. 7
10 a.m.
at Florence's house.
Email Circle Committee
if you plan to attend.

Advocacy Team
Monday, Aug. 10
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Steering Committee
Monday, Aug. 24
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.

Thursday, July 30
Call Senators
 for Climate Action

The EPA Clean Power Plan is under attack in the U.S. Senate. On July 30, people across the country will be calling their senators to urge support for strong climate action. Sign up here, Public Citizen will send a message on July 30 with call tool and script.
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 
Thursday, Sept. 24 
Washington, DC
ClimateHoward blog
by Elisabeth Hoffman 

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