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Raise your voice in Annapolis

Kick-Off Phone Call
Monday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m.

Hop on CCAN's statewide conference call for background on how we'll all push for strong climate legislation this year. Bonus: Heather Mizeur will join the call. Sign up here

Rally for Clean Energy
Wednesday, Jan. 13
10 a.m., Lawyers Mall, Annapolis

Get the 2016 General Assembly session off to a grand start. Attend a rally and news conference on opening day and then stop by legislators' offices to drop off information about renewing and strengthening the state's Greenhouse Gas Reduction.Act. Details here

Calling all Catholics (and others)
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Interfaith Power & Light will have a conference call about putting Pope Francis' encyclical into action and connecting it with legislation. All are welcome to listen in. Facebook event here. Sign up here.

Annapolis Lobby Night for clean energy
with the Maryland Climate Coalition
Monday, Jan. 25,  5 - 7:30 p.m.
James Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen St. 
2nd floor conference room
Howard, Baltimore and Harford countians have our own lobby night for the 2016 session, which runs from Jan. 13 to April 11. On Jan. 25, lobby your state senators and delegates about clean energy and a safe climate. Sign up here.

Environmental Legislative Summit
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 4 - 6 p.m.
Hear from key legislative leaders and advocates about environmental priorities for the 2016 session. (Bring your ID to get into the building.) Stay tuned.

Email to carpool to these events. 

First Presbyterian Church of Howard County
9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2 - 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Danny Richter, legislative and science director at Citizen’s Climate Lobby, will discuss the Paris UN climate agreement and Delegate Clarence Lam will offer insight into the 2016 legislative session. Details here 
Legacy Leadership Environmental Institute
Winter Noncredit Course
Howard Community College
 Thursdays, Feb. 4 to March 24
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
The Legacy Leadership Environmental Institute (LLEI) is an environmental educational program that offers briefings from experts at NASA, NOAA, University of Maryland and other agencies. Learn about global climate change, sustainability, Earth systems science, and best practices for  leaving an environmental legacy. Class for ages 18 and above. Tuition is $100
Classes will be held at:
The Carriage House at Belmont Manor 
6555 Belmont Woods Road, Elkridge  
See flier for details and to register.
For more information, visit  or contact Betsy Singer or Cathy Hudson.

National Mobilization to Stop the TPP
Monday, Feb. 4 

This is the first date that President Obama could sign the corporate-power-grabbing Trans Pacific Partnership. The TPP is full of horrors, including, as Jason Kowalski of said, "giving fossil fuel companies the extraordinary ability to sue local governments that try and keep fossil fuels in the ground." "TPP is Betrayal" actions are planned around the world, including in Baltimore. Stay-tuned for details. Info on the TPP is here and here. Or read the whole thing here
Save May 7 - 15 for BOLD Action 

#BreakFree actions will target some of the major, dangerous fossil fuel projects.  Sign up now for updates.
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HoCo Howlers 

Dan Helfrich
and Liz Feighner are plunging  

Saturday, Jan. 23
to raise money for CCAN.
Make Dan and Liz plunge here.
Join the team here
11th Polar Bear Plunge
The "Keep Winter Cold" Polar Bear Plunge
is CCAN's chief fundraising event. 

Peter Murtha dies 
350 MoCo co-founder 
The former environmental attorney had a vast knowledge and concern about climate change and a keen passion for organizing. He worked tirelessly on local fossil fuel divestment. Check out the  #ExxonKnew video he and 350 MoCo developed.

Discussion Circles
 January 2016
Wednesday evenings 
Kittamaqundi ChurchColumbia 
Be part of a discussion circle starting in early February. Possible circle topics are here. Let us know which circle topic interests you. For more information and to signup, email us at Circles.

Advocacy Team
Monday, Jan. 11
7 p.m. at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend. 
Steering Committee
Monday, Feb. 8
7 p.m. at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Circle Committee
if you plan to attend.

Clean Power Plan Webinar
Monday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Physicians For Social Responsibility has scheduled a webinar for advancing strong and healthy state Clean Power plans that don't rely on fossil fuels. 
Details here


Let's keep fracking out of Maryland
Hardly a month goes by without new revelations about the hazards from fracking. 
Most recently:
HoCo Climate Change is part of a coalition of more than 70 groups that is calling for a ban on fracking in our state. Maryland's fracking moratorium will expire in October 2017, and fracking regulations are to be written by October 2016. The coalition points to fracking's many harms, including to climate, health, water, food and the economy. Please join this campaign to keep fracking out of our state. Campaign details here.

Climate Change News 

  • Oil and gas companies fought regulations in the 1990s while figuring out how best to take advantage of the climate change they were denying. 
  • Video excerpts here from the People vs Exxon trial during the Paris climate talks. 
  • Southern California Gas has been unable to stop methane gas from billowing out of a broken well at the Porter Ranch storage field. Turns out the company knew about the corroding well more than a year ago. The leak is “spectacularly large," says Robert Howarth, who emphasizes that methane, over 10 to 20 years, is nearly 100 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. Ann Bristow writes about the aging gas storage field is in Garrett County in Western Maryland. Background on the California storage field and well here.  More info here.
  • Under NAFTA rules, TransCanada demands $15 billion in compensation for the loss of anticipated profits from the Keystone XL pipeline. This is exactly what would happen under the Trans Pacific Partnership, as Lori Wallach of Public Citizen explains on Democracy Now. (Save Feb. 4 for #StopTPP day of action.)
  • Mark Jacobson disagrees with James Hansen's assessment that nuclear power is key to addressing climate change. 
  • Michael J. Fitzgerald's novel, Fracking Justice, is among Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2015.  
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