News from the Climate Change Initiative of Howard County

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Change by Degrees: Addressing the
Climate Challenge
Fall 2013

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Book Discussion Circles

State of the World 2013:
“Is Sustainability Still Possible?”
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Group discussion held online
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Online petition

Tell Gov O'Malley:
Get the facts on fracking  

Our Public Lands. Take Action before Aug 23 
to Protect Them!

Next Steering Committee

Thursday, August 15
7 p.m.

at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy
 or call
if you plan to attend.


Next Advocacy 

Thursday, August 22
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.


Thursday, July 25, 5 - 8 p.m.
 WEBCAST on Fracking
 - Science, Democracy, and Community Decisions on Fracking Forum from the Union of Concerned Scientists
Info here

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Walk for our Grandchildren
Harper's Ferry to DC, July 21 - 26 Details
The Walk for our Grandchildren campaign
is part of's Summer Heat.

The walk ends with a RALLY at
the White House, Saturday, July 27

Lafayette Park - 11:30 a.m.
Join us for a day along the route
or head for the rally.



Read articles about CCIHC walkers here & here.

Friday, July 26, noon - Summer Heat plans a flashy, powerful act of civil disobedience on K Street. Thursday night training in DC. Details and sign up here:


Maryland Events

CCIHC members are planning to attend many of the events below. Email us at to join Howard County carpools. 
 Climate Change House Party 
with Howard County OFA 
Sunday, July 21, 3-4:30 p.m. in Columbia
RSVP here.

Governor O'Malley's
Maryland Climate Change Summit

Thursday, July 25, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Linthicum Heights. Join Gov. Martin O'Malley, leading scientists, renewable energy business leaders and climate change policy experts to discuss the progress Maryland has made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions as the governor releases Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan.
Information and free registration:

Climate Change Town Hall
Thursday, Aug. 1. 6 - 9 p.m. -  Organizing for America is sponsoring this event at the Silver Spring Civic Center, One Veteran's Place, Silver Spring, 20910.  Mike Tidwell of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network is the keynote speaker. Free. Sign up here.
Fracking & TPP
An Explosion of Fracking and the TPP
If you missed the panel in Ellicott City on July 9, you have another opportunity to find out why you should be concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This nightmarish free-trade agreement being negotiated in secret would override environmental, health and safety laws and encourage/exacerbate fracking. Check out our web page about this issue. The panel will discuss the TPP again Wednesday, August 16, 7 p.m. (pizza at 6:30 p.m.)  in Bethesda.  More Info.   


DC Events

Workshop on fracking risks
Thursday, Aug. 15, and Friday, Aug 16 - The National Academy of Sciences is sponsoring this workshopFree registration for in person or webcast sessions.
National Academy of Sciences
500 5th Street NW, KECK 100, 20001. 

Check our website frequently for additional local events.


Maryland Fracking News

Fracking BMPs: Maryland has released draft best management practices (BMPs) for fracking in our state. Submit comments by Aug. 9. The report is here. Info here, here and here.  Email comments to or send these comments.

Compressor station: Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community (MCRC) is raising money to appeal FERC approval for a compressor station in their town for fracked natural gas. The appeal was filed on July 15. To contribute to the legal fund, see  Like MCRC on Facebook  


Climate Change News

The Senate finally confirms Gina McCarthy to head the EPA. She will be in charge of implementing Obama's climate policy.
NASA reports that June was the second warmest on record.
More News here

More showing of Triple Divide here.

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