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 starting June 5 for 8 sessions 
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Advocacy Team
Monday, May 19, 
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
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if you plan to attend.

Steering Committee
Wednesday, June 17, 
7 p.m
at Betsy’s house. 
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if you plan to attend.
Circle Committee
Friday, June 27
10 a.m.

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

Help Map Fracking!
FrackFinder is a crowd-sourced “SkyTruthing” project to find, map and track all the fracking sites! Check it out!
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.
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Cove Point Just Got a Key Approval
Federal regulators found no "significant" problems with Dominion's $3.8 billion climate-polluting facility for liquefying and exporting fracked gas.
We need your help: 
Thursday, May 22, noon: Activists will visit the local offices of Senators Cardin and Mikulski to demand the most thorough review for Cove Point — an environmental impact statement. Please join us at noon at Senator Cardin's office in Bowie. Details here.
Saturday, May 31, 1 - 6 p.m.: FERC has agreed to hold one public meeting about Cove Point, in Lusby in Calvert County. Please attend and speak out. Also, please write Sens. Cardin and Mikulski TODAY to urge them to keep fighting for statewide public hearings about this threat.
Sunday, July 13: Rally and March to Stop Fracked Gas Exports - Stop Cove Point! Thousands of activists from around the region will march to FERC headquarters in Washington, DC. Speakers include Mike Tidwell and Sandra Steingraber.
Email to carpool  to any of these events. More details on Cove Point here.
Here's a great fact sheet on liquefied fracked gas. 

Wind Power for Your Home
Deadline is May 23
An Easy Way to Make a Big Difference!

Anyone who pays an electricity bill in Maryland or DC  can switch their home or apartment to 100% wind-sourced energy through Groundswell's special, negotiated offer with Washington Gas & Electric Service (WGES).
Sign-up for the most affordable price for 100% wind energy available on the market. Groundswell will make a $10 donation to HoCo Climate Change for everyone from our community who signs up for this program. More info at Groundswell’s FAQs or contact 240-342-6193 or
 A Win for Wind Power
Thank Governor O'Malley for vetoing HB 1168 
Thanks to your emails, Governor O’Malley VETOED HB 1168, a bill that would have threatened wind power development in Maryland for years to come. 
Thank Governor O'Malley for defending clean energy.

Local Events
May 22, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Transportation Advocates Meeting
Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keaton Way. Columbia 21044. RSVP required.  
Maryland & DC Events
Sunday, May 18
Groundswell Rising film and discussion
1 p.m.All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard Street NW, Washington, DC. Details here.
Sunday, May 18
 Climate Refugees film and discussion
6:45 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St NW, Washington, DC.  Details here.

Monday, May 19
Bird-dogging Obama: No Keystone XL
5 p.m., Potomac, MD. Details here.

Wednesday, May 21
Rally for Healthy Air
10:30 -11:30 a.m.
Carroll Park, Baltimore
Polluters will oppose new rules the governor is drafting. Let's show strong support for clean air. More info here.

Wednesday, May 21
Time to Wake Up Congress
Climate Change Rally

4 - 5:15 p.m. (arrive by 3:45 p.m.)
 Upper Senate Park, Washington, DC. Details here.

Thursday, May 22, 7 - 9 p.m.
Socially Responsible Investing &
Divesting from Fossil Fuels 
A focus on personal ethical investing.
Greenbelt Community Center, Greenbelt.
Details here.

Friday,  June 13
Maryland Marcellus Shale advisory commission
Cumberland - Details here.
Citizen support needed.

June 22 - 24
Citizens Climate Lobby Conference in DC 

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

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