News from the Climate Change Initiative of Howard County

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Upcoming Circles
Powering a
Bright Future

Saturday, Feb. 2 & 9
10 a.m. - noon
A two-session discussion course exploring issues related to energy use and what we can do to take action. Will be held at Oakland Manor, Town Center in Columbia.

Choices for Sustainable Living
Oakland Manor
Saturday mornings 
starting Feb. 16

Resilience Circle
Kittamaqundi Church
March/ April 2013

Click Here for Details

Next Advocacy

Wednesday, Jan 23rd
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.

Next Steering Committee

Thursday, Jan 31st
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
350 parts per million is what many scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere.  Read more here.
See Frontline's Climate of Doubt online here or email us for a DVD to borrow. This covers the huge amounts of money spent to convince the public there is no need to address climate change.

Upcoming Events

Promised Land movie about fracking, starring Matt Damon -
Join us and email us at to meet up with some of us at Friday, Jan. 4 at 4 p.m. (showtime 4:20 p.m.) at AMC Columbia, 10300 Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. OR go to any showing in the area! (AMC Columbia, UA Snowden Square & Cinemark Arundel Mills)

Transition Howard County First Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, Jan. 6, 2 - 5 p.m. Transition Howard County evolved from a Resilience Circle sponsored by CCIHC. In its first year, this group co-sponsored Howard County’s First Green Homes Now Tour, kicked off the Water Challenge with the Earth Forum, and hosted presentations on topics such as the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) and Climate Reality. Whether you have participated in any of these events, or just want to learn more about Transition, RSVP to attend the celebration at a private home in Ellicott City. When you rsvp, you will get more details on what to bring to the potluck.

Earth Forum of Howard County
“Thousands of Raindrops”
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2 - 4:30 p.m.  First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. A panel of Howard County’s leading water experts will introduce interesting tips, practices, and ideas for restoring clean, healthy and abundant water. The panel will discuss the key to cleaning up our polluted waters and restoring beautiful river landscapes for everyone. Explore issues of reducing water pollution, providing affordable water equitably, and the interrelationships of climate change and water. Transition Howard County will provide information on the Water Challenge.  Free and open to all. Refreshments served.  More info: 410-730-3545 or

CCIHC Testimony
Thursday, Feb. 7.
CCIHC testimony at the the Howard County Delegation hearing on statewide bills in the Banneker Room, George Howard Bldg, Ellicott City. This is an opportunity to tell our representatives in Annapolis why we need Maryland Offshore Wind, funding for a fracking study, and more.  Info:  Everyone is invited to sign up and testify!


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

Frack Water Taste Test Rally
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 10 a.m. to noon
at opening of Maryland 2013 Legislative Session in Annapolis. It is important to have MANY of us here to show the legislature we need a bill passed to fund the Maryland fracking study, and we need a strong moratorium that prevents moving forward until a complete study is done! Click here for details.

A Pray-In for the Climate
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 11 a.m
. in front of the White House  Sponsored by the Interfaith Moral Action on Climate. Meet at 11 a.m. at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church and procession at noon in front of the White House for interfaith prayers and witness. See 
11 a.m. - New York Ave Presbyterian Church
12 p.m. - Religious Procession to the White House 
12:30 p.m. - Prayerful Vigil

CCAN Polar Bear Plunge
Saturday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m. - Keep Winter Cold  - The CCAN Polar Bear Plunge at The Beach at National Harbor, National Harbor.  Pledge to support brave plungers for CCAN, a group that Bill McKibben of honors as the most effective local climate change group in the country.

Environmental Legislative Summit
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
The Citizens’ Campaign for the Environment invites all to the 19th Annual Legislative Summit in Annapolis to hear from top legislative leaders and advocates about environmental priorities for the 2013 General Assembly Session. Miller Conference Room, Miller Senate Building, 11 Bladen St., Annapolis

Obama 'Climate Legacy' Action
Sunday,  Feb. 17 in DC
 -  Obama 'Climate Legacy' Action on Presidents' Day Weekend  - and the Do the Math Tour are back in DC for massive rally to tell the President that we expect leadership on climate change, beginning with a rejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  Sponsored by and the Sierra Club. Info and signup:

Climate Change in the News

Turn Down the heat  - Why a 4 degree centrigrade warmer world must be avoided - A UN Study released November 2012  Read more here..   Infographic (chart summarizing the study)  here.
Weather in 2012: $11 billion disasters in the US. Read more here.
Drilling rig runs aground In Alaska storm.  Read more here.


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