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#DontFrackMD
 
Wenonah Hauter will discuss her book
Frackopoly: The Battle for
the Future of Energy and the Environment

Thursday, Oct. 13,  7 p.m. 
Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore
 

In her latest book, Wenonah Hauter takes on the fracking industry, writing about fracking's threats to our health and the environment, the powerful interests that have supported fracking and how the industry has hurt renewable energy.
Event details here, Facebook event here; Book video here. Hauter discusses her book on CNN here and in Seattle here. To carpool from Columbia, email us at hococlimatechange@gmail.com

The latest Washington Post poll shows 60 percent of Marylanders oppose fracking in Maryland :



Yet Gov. Larry Hogan and his Maryland Department of the Environment are continuing to push fracking regulations. A summary of the proposed regulations is here; the regulations are here.  Ask your elected officials to sign this letter supporting a ban on fracking. On Saturday, Oct. 15, head for beautiful downtown Oakland in Garrett County for the annual Autumn Glory Parade. The governor will be the grand marshal. Let's tell him to protect and preserve the glory of Mountain Maryland -- and the rest of the state. Facebook event here

Kim Alexander and Aeryn Boyd are walking 313 miles along Maryland's waterways, from Oakland to Lusby,  to celebrate and protect water and support a statewide ban on fracking. They plan to make a half-dozen major stops, where they will host or participate in creative community events. Support their efforts here and follow along on the Facebook event page

Be sure to read CitizenShale board member Steve Mogge's powerful op-ed. Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility also has developed an issue paper about fracking's many harms. 

HoCo Climate Change is part of a coalition of more than 100 groups calling for a ban on fracking in our state. Please join this campaign to keep fracking out of our state. Details here. Be sure to Like the DontFrackMD Facebook page
#GoSolar


MD SUN's First Solar Congress
Saturday, Oct. 15
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Annapolis Friends Meeting 
 
Solar supporters from across the state will discuss numerous topics at this event, from community solar and Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to modernization of Maryland’s electric grid and development of our state's solar landscape. Space is limited. Free registration required here
 
 
Rooftop Residential
and Community Solar Power
Thursday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
 
Annapolis Friends Meeting, Annapolis
 
Community solar allows you to get solar power for your home, business or organization without having to install panels on your roof. Learn how you, your business and your neighbors can build a solar project in your neighborhood that will save you money and help the environment. Gary Skulnik from Neighborhood Sun and Corey Ramsden from MD SUN will speak at this event. More information here.
Sunday, Oct. 16,  2 - 4:30 p.m. 
First Presbyterian Church of Howard County
 
The first Earth Forum of the season, "Walking Together into a Greener Future," starts with a walk and talk about four aspects of environmental stewardship. Please wear long pants and sturdy, closed shoes for walking over uneven ground. Bring a raincoat if showers are in the forecast. The second half of the program will be inside for refreshments and conversation. Children are welcome; childcare will be provided for infants and toddlers. Earth Forum is free and open to all.
Details here.
Discussion circle starts
Reconnecting with Earth
Introductory Evening
Wednesday, Oct. 19
 7 – 9 p.m.

Six-session series
Wednesday evenings
Oct. 26 through Dec. 7
Oliver’s Carriage House
Columbia

This six-session discussion course explores how cultural beliefs and personal values affect the way we view and treat Earth. We will discuss how our well-being is inextricably linked to that of the planet and discover a deeper respect for the planet and a renewed commitment to act. For more information about this discussion circle, visit our Circle page. To register please email  HoCoClimateChange.circles@gmail.com

HoCo Climate Change appreciates your support.

Advocacy Team
Thursday, Oct. 20
7 p.m. at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
410-730-7740
if you plan to attend. 
 
Circle Committee
Steering Committee
Tuesday, Oct. 25
7 p.m. 
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
410-730-7740
if you plan to attend.

Wind Power 
through Group Power

CLEAN ENERGY at 
AFFORDABLE PRICES




Switch to 100 percent
 wind power

through group-negotiated rates with WGL Energy.
Currently 9.2¢ per kWh - same as BGE's dirty power electricity.
Please indicate 
HoCo Climate Change
 as referral.
 Renewal Information
 To renew contract, email
 energy@groundswell.org
More info HERE.
HCC Campus 
Sustainability Day
Wednesday, Oct. 26,
10 a.m. - 7p.m. 
 
 

We will be collecting #DontFrackMD petitions at the college, so please visit our table. Sign up to table with us here. More information here.

Save the Date
Healthy, Sustainable
Communities Forum


Saturday, Nov. 12
  11 a.m.
Howard Community College

 Join in this public forum that includes speakers, panels, and discussions about health, environmental protection, planning, and sustainable communities.   
Free registration here.
 People's Hearing
on FERC

Friday, Dec. 2
  11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

National Press Club 
529 14th St. NW,
13th Floor
Washington, DC  
Facebook event
 We The People are holding hearings to investigate the abuses of power and law being inflicted by FERC in communities across America. Sign up to submit testimony here
Override Gov. Hogan's Veto
 
The Clean Energy Jobs Act calls for Maryland to get 25 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020, up from the previous goal of 20 percent by 2022. Sadly, Governor Hogan vetoed the bill. More than half of our state's electricity comes from dirty fossil fuels -- coal, fracked gas and oil. We could meet our current electricity demand by tapping just 10 percent of available renewable resources. Please sign this petition  to tell your legislators to stand up for the Clean Energy Jobs Act.

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