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Everyone said the Maryland Legislature wouldn't pass
a fracking moratorium.  
But the people of Maryland,
health professionals
and business owners spoke out.
A bill with bipartisan support is poised to pass.  

Tell Gov. Hogan that Marylanders deserve protections against fracking.  We need a moratorium now!

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Local Events
HoCo Climate Change is again a sponsor of the annual GreenFest, the biggest "green" event in Howard County. Please stop by the HoCo Climate Change table. To volunteer at this event, please sign up here or contact We look forward to seeing you there.  
Earth Forum

Sunday, April 19, 2 - 4:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Howard County

Water Stories from Around the World
The Cost of Gold: Weighing Impacts of Mining, Trade
and Climate Change in Peru

with Jed Koball
Searching for Water in Haiti with Liz Bobo
Vanishing Ice and Way of Life in Alaska with Paul Berg
Details here  

Wind Power through Group Power
Information Session
Tuesday, April 21, 7 - 8 p.m. 
Emmanuel UMC, Laurel, MD
You can choose where your electricity comes from, and Groundswell can help you switch to 100% wind power for your home. Join the clean energy group and let Groundswell research, negotiate and vet the energy suppliers on your behalf to get the best rates for your home. Take advantage of group rates and pricing. Read more about your options. No obligation to join. 
You decide whether to enroll once the rates are announced. Please indicate HoCo Climate Change as referral. Learn more at the information session on Tuesday, April 21. RSVP

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Coffee & Conversation with HoCo Climate Change

Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m. - noon  
How can we be most effective in advocating for renewable energy and in opposing fracking? We will review material from the Maryland Climate Communication Consortium and discuss which themes, memes, and talking points are most effective in our conversations with others and our posts online. Please join us for this lively conversation. Coffee and tea provided. Bring a snack to share. Space in private home is limited. RSVP required at
ClimateHoward blog
by Elisabeth Hoffman 

~cove point defenders 
~fracking snakeoil
~the fracking rebellion

Ban Fracking on Public Land

Call Sen. Wyden's office at 202 224 5244. Now. Urge him to oppose fast track and oppose secret deals. Call or email your legislator  
See which organizations
oppose the TPP
& Fast Track

Advocacy Team
Monday, May 18
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Steering Committee
Monday, April 27
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Circle Committee

Free Online Courses

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Maryland & DC Events
Saturday, April 11, noon to 6 p.m. 
Baltimore Free Farm, 3510 Ash St, Baltimore
Frack University, a project of the Energy Justice Network, will hold a day of workshops. Learn more about fracking and effective resistance techniques and meet other students and organizers working to keep fracking out of Maryland. 
View the Facebook page event here

 Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2015  Conference
Monday, April 13 
Washington Hilton Hotel
Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Warren. Other speakers include Michael Brune, executive director of  Sierra Club.  Workshops hereSchedule here.  
                                       Registration for the full day day - $100 here. 
Global Day of Action Against Fast Track
Join communities around the nation to help derail "fast track" legislation that would push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), corporate power grabs disguised as trade deals. Details here. Sign up here
Let’s Stop Fast Track Press Event & Rally
Wednesday, April 15, 11 a.m.
Upper Senate Park
Constitution Ave & Delaware Ave NW
Contact: Roy Houseman,

#NoFastTrack Rally 
Friday, April 17,  1 p.m .

Outside Rep. Steny Hoyer’s office 
401 Post Office Road
Contact: Mina Itabashi,

UMBC Communicating Climate 2015 Symposium
Monday, April 20, 12:30 - 6 p.m.

  The Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, JCET, invites the campus community to a symposium on communicating the results of scientific climate investigations. The event celebrates JCET's 20 years of climate research. Info here and here.

Free Your Voice Concert 
April 25, 3 - 6 pm  Baltimore
Free Your Voice Group, a student-led human rights group of United Workers, has for three years pressured the Baltimore school system and other entities, including Howard County government, Howard Community College and Howard County Public Schools, to cancel contracts with what would be the nation’s largest trash burning incinerator. News this week is that Howard County government and HCPSS are terminating their contracts. The students are also trying to get clean businesses, such as a solar farm, into their neighborhood. During the week of Earth Day, Free Your Voice is hosting an outdoor concert at Benjamin Franklin High School, 1201 Cambria St. Baltimore, to celebrate and build this movement for the beloved community.  

From May 21-29, Beyond Extreme Energy is heading back to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission building on First Street in Washington. FERC says its mission is to provide safe, efficient, sustainable energy for the country. It is failing on all counts. Instead, communities around the nation are fighting compressor stations, pipelines and export facilities. FERC should make decisions based on what’s best for all of us instead of the fracked-gas industry. Don't miss the opportunity to work with people around the country trying to get  beyond extreme energy.  Details and sign up here.

Climate Change News

Home Energy Audit

Lower your utility bills and carbon footprint ...
and support HoCo Climate Change
Get a Home Performance energy audit with greeNEWit, a local Howard County company, for $100 (a $400 value) and HoCo Climate Change can receive a $40 referral fee. (Please be sure to list us as the referring group.)
For more information, please visit greeNEWit and schedule a FREE consultation
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