News from the Climate Change Initiative of Howard County

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Upcoming Circles

Menu For The Future
Sunday, Nov. 18
9 a.m.

A six-session discussion course exploring the connection between food and sustainability, offered by Columbia Jewish Congregation (CJC) Green Team. The sessions will be held at Oakland Mills High School. Contact Bonnie Sorak at or 410-465-0427.
You should obtain the discussion guide and read Chapter One prior to Nov. 18.
Click Here for Details

Next Steering Committee

Wednesday, Nov. 14th
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.

Next Advocacy

Monday, Dec 10th
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.

Climate Change
in the News

Extreme Climate Warming Predictions Appear Most Accurate
"Climate scientists agree the Earth will be hotter by the end of the century... Now a study suggests the gloomier predictions may be closer to the mark.
“Warming is likely to be on the high side of the projections,” said John Fasullo of the National Center for Atmospheric Research ..." Read more here.

Wash Post Editorial on Carbon Tax
"... President Obama elevated an issue that had hardly come up during the campaign. “We want our children to live in an America,” he said, “that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.”... Now if there were just some policy that would reduce carbon emissions and raise federal ­revenue...
A tax on carbon, of course, is that policy...."
Read more here.

Wash Post OP ED
by Bill McKibben

Obama Should Tackle Climate Change
Read here.
Wednesday, Nov. 14
Online Event

Join this is the second annual, online event showing how global climate change is connected to the extreme weather we experience in our daily lives. The entire 24-hour event will be broadcast live over the Internet, generating new energy and urgency around the fact that we must — and we can — work together to address the climate crisis. facebook link.

Events Sponsored by CCIHC
Earth Forum of Howard County
“Water for Food”
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2 - 4:30 p.m.  
First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia.  Dr. Joseph Spence, Director of the Beltsville Area, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, will present how agricultural research is addressing water problems related to climate change, health, and population growth while providing a sustainable, safe, and nutritious food supply. Free and open to all. Refreshments served.
More info: 410-730-3545 or

Upcoming Community Events

Public workshops on Bike Howard: The Howard County Bicycle Master Plan is the county’s first comprehensive bicycle plan. The plan will establish a network of on- and off-road bicycling facilities, geared toward serving cyclists of all types in Howard County. Final public workshops are scheduled for Nov. 14 & 27 at area libraries and other locations. See info at

CCAN Conference Call - Winning on Wind 2013!
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7 - 8 p.m.  2013 is the year for the Maryland General Assembly to pass a strong bill that brings offshore wind development to the state. Join us for a statewide conference call to learn how you can help bring offshore wind legislation across the finish line. RSVP to get the call-in information hereQuestions? Contact: Megan Jenny, CCAN state field coordinator or call 240-396-1993

Transition Howard County Energy Committee Mtg
Thursday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. at Margo’s. Dave Brosch will be joining us to talk about community solar cooperatives in University Park and Greenbelt and how we might start one in Howard County. Contact Charlie at or visit for more information.


CCIHC members are planning to attend many of these events below. Email us at to carpool.

November Events

The Economics of Carbon Taxes
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in DC: Daylong dialogue among members of the conservative think tank American Enterprise, the more moderate Brookings Institute and others. Online registration is closed but walk-in registration may be accepted. Watch live or delayed - details here. American Enterprise Institute, Twelfth Floor, 1150 Seventeenth Street, NW, Washington, DC.

A Mock Funeral for Maryland's Democracy
Thursday, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Annapolis 
Meet at: Maryland State House, 100 State Circle, Annapolis. The Maryland Student Climate Coalition invites us to join in this demonstration/mock funeral exposing API’s role in killing legislation and spreading lies about fracking, the Keystone XL pipeline and oil drilling across the country and in Annapolis. Sign up here.

"Chasing Ice" Documentary
Friday - Sunday, Nov. 16 - 18
Landmark’s E. Street Cinema in DC. is partnering with the team behind the film “Chasing Ice,” a new documentary chronicling the not-so-glacial demise of the planet’s glaciers. Volunteers will have the opportunity to spread the word and motivate people into action, and you will also get up to four free tickets to see the film. You can register to volunteer online with Group Code 350volunteer here.

Interfaith Power & Light: A Celebration of Religious Environmental Action
Saturday, Nov. 17, 6 - 9 p.m. in Baltimore
Presentation by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist. More info -

"Do the Math" Event Tour
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m., Warner Theater in DC
It’s simple math: We can burn at most 565 more gigatons of carbon and stay below 2°C of warming - or risk catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Fossil fuel corporations now have 2,795 gigatons in their reserves, five times the safe amount. And they’re planning to burn it all. Bill McKibben and are hitting the road to build the movement that will change the terrifying math of the climate crisis. Cosponsored by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Tickets are $10. Get them here.

Keystone XL Rally & March to the White House
Sunday, Nov. 18, 3 p.m. Freedom Plaza, DC.  We'll meet following's "Do the Math" event, then march to the White House. This zombie pipeline still isn't dead, so now it's time to get back in the streets. President Obama needs to know that we're still here and needs to reject Keystone XL once and for all. This is our moment. Can you be there?

Maryland League of Conservation Voters program on the 2013 legislative session
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be served. RSVP: Reserve your spot today for this free event. For more information, contact Dannielle Lipinski at or
December events

Drilling Down -
Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Baltimore
A Conference on Fracking Risks and Action in Maryland. Maryland’s first-ever statewide conference on fracking. Hundreds of Marylanders, including activists, legislators and fracking experts, will come together for an inspiring, informative and action-oriented day. $15 in advance, $20 at door (includes lunch), $10 for students. Also, 20 volunteers (whose registration fee will be waived) are needed. After you register, you can add $7 for reduced-rate parking. CCIHC will have carpools from Columbia. Email Location: University of Baltimore, Langsdale Auditorium, corner of Maryland Avenue & West Oliver Street, Baltimore. Use the entrance on West Oliver Street. Sign up here and more Info 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. Transcript - 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. Transcript - he
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