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Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice and Sustainability
Mid May 
Connect the dots between three of society’s most pressing challenges and explore pathways for powerful change in our daily lives. Email
 
Change by Degrees: Addressing the Climate Challenge
TBD
Learn more about global warming and explore the big picture of energy.

More Info
Check out the topics here
ClimateHoward blog by Elisabeth Hoffman 
 

The Cove Point battle goes nationwide, with an article by Mike Tidwell and Bill McKibben in Politico.  
HoCo Climate Change 
member Dan Helfrich 
created an online resource with information about climate change, how to reduce one's carbon footprint, and how to take action. 
If you are interested in showcasing your home or business to show others that it is possible to both live green and live well, please click here.
 

KXL pledge & webinar

Almost 95,000 have signed the pledge! Join the Resistance and sign the Keystone XL Pledge here.  Sign up for local training for civil disobedience here. 
 

 

Advocacy Team
Monday, May 20, 
7 p.m.
 
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
410-730-7740
if you plan to attend. 

 
Steering Committee
Monday, May 5, 
7 p.m
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
410-730-7740
if you plan to attend.
 
Circle Committee
Friday, May 16
1 p.m.

at Charlie's house.
Email Charlie
if you plan to attend.

Teleconferences 

Twice-monthly, Wednesdays
 at noon
April 16

The State of the Climate Movement: Jay Carmona, US Divestment Campaign Manager, and Duncan Meisel, Digital Campaigns Director, 350.org

Info here

Spring of Sustainability
Starts Earth Day
April 22
On Earth Day and the following nine weeks: free on-line programs, including on climate change, community resilience, vanishing species and much more.  

          
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 More threats at Cove Point 
Please sign the petition urging a comprehensive environmental review of the proposed Cove Point export plant for fracked gas. Calvert residents have demanded more answers following an explosion at an LNG facility in Plymouth, Washington. So far, federal regulators have rejected pleas for the most stringent review, settling instead for the lesser Environmental Assessment. FERC also rebuffed requests from Senators Mikulski and Cardin for five public meetings around the state. So far, only one public hearing is planned. The tentative date is Saturday, May 31, in Lusby. Prince George's and Montgomery officials continue to press for hearings in their counties.
What's the rush?
Please sign the petition now.

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A statewide coalition of environmental, health, civic and social justice organizations delivered more than 40,000 comments to the Public Service Commission saying Cove Point is not in the best interest of Marylanders. Thank you for sending your comments.
                                                                 
 Wind Power at Risk
Ask Governor O'Malley to veto HB 1168 
In the last hours of the session, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB 1168, which imposes an arbitrary 15-month moratorium on land-based utility-scale wind power near Patuxent River Naval Air Station in southern Maryland. The Navy and the Great Bay Wind Energy Center are negotiating about this project, and there's no reason to believe an agreement can't be worked out. Article herePlease urge Governor O'Malley to veto this bill.
 
Wind Power for Your Home
Learn how to lower your carbon footprint
Monday, April 14, 7 - 8 p.m. 
Workshop - Emmanuel UMC, Laurel
Groundswell, a local nonprofit, is forming a group of people interested in clean, affordable energy. Join the group by April 16 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.







'Years of Living Dangerously'
Watch the first episode on YouTube. 
Journalists, scientists and Hollywood stars (Harrison Ford, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon and others) illustrate and document climate change around the globe. Democracy Now discusses the film hereThe nine-part Showtime series starts SundayOrganizing for Action plans a showing Tuesday, May 6, 7- 9 p.m. Details here.
 
                                                                                 

Local Events
 
 Earth Day  
Tuesday, April 22, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  Environmental advocacy discussion
with Josh Feldmark,
Howard County Office of Environmental Sustainability
   Kittleman Room, Duncan Hall (DH100),
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia


Sunday, April 27, 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Earth Week
Luncheon at 2 p.m. - Program at 3 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Week and the fifth anniversary of the Earth Forum. The forum this month includes a fresh luncheon filled with springtime flavors and prepared and served by Howard County Chef Paul. The cost is $10 in advance; $11 at the door. Details here.

People's Health Forum
Monday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.
St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Dr., Columbia
Healthcare is a Human Right Maryland is sponsoring this forum. A panel will discuss our expensive, tiered, market-based system. Please attend and raise questions about the effect on our healthcare system of health problems from climate change and fracking. Candidates for state office will also discuss their views. Info: 240-478-8193 or email 

Primary Candidate Forums
The League of Women Voters of Howard County will hold  forums for the 2014 Primary Election. Listen for candidates' positions on climate change, renewable energy, fracking, green transportation.  
Board of Education
April 30, 7- 10 p.m.
Howard County Board of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike (Route 108), Ellicott City 21043
State Legislative Races
May 12, 5 - 9:30 p.m.
Howard Community College, Smith Theatre 
More Info
 
                                                                                 
 
Maryland & DC Events

Fast Track Town Hall
Thursday, April 24, 6:30 p.m., UMD - College Park 
Learn more about the Trans Pacific Partnership and what you can do to stop the fast tracking of this industry power grab. Register here.

Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m., Reject and Protect  in DC
 We will join the Cowboy Indian Alliance of ranchers, farmers, tribal communities and their friends for a final push against the Keystone XL pipeline. Details here. Email to join our carpool: HoCoClimateChange@gmail.com

 Find more events on our website.
 
HoCo Climate Change members save energy by carpooling. Email us to start or join a carpool.
 
                                                                                

Save the Date

Thursday, May 8
Call-in day to get the EPA to reopen fracking water pollution investigations in Dimock, Pa., and elsewhere. 

Saturday, May 17
 Hands Across the Sand & Land: Stop KXL & Offshore Drilling. Rallies for a clean energy future
     
Sunday, July 13
Rally at FERC headquarters to protest Cove Point. 

 
                                                                              
 

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