News from the Climate Change Initiative of Howard County

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Upcoming Circles
Powering a
Bright Future

Saturday, Feb. 2 & 9
10 a.m. - noon
A two-session discussion course exploring issues related to energy use and what we can do to take action. Will be held at Oakland Manor, Town Center in Columbia.
View flyer here.

Choices for Sustainable Living
Eight Saturdays
Starting Feb 16, 2013
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Oakland Manor
Explore the meaning of sustainability and the steps that can be taken to move toward ecologically sustainable lifestyles and communities.
View flyer here.

Resilience Circle
Kittamaqundi Church
March/ April 2013

Click Here for Details

Next Advocacy

Wednesday, Jan 23rd
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.

Next Steering Committee

Thursday, Jan 31st
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
"We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.
Barack Obama -- Inaugural address 2013.  NYT article here.

Click on image above to watch 62 Years of Global Warming in 13 Seconds.  Animation provided by NASA.

Upcoming Events


CCIHC members are planning to attend the events below. Email us at to join Howard County carpools.
Governor O'Malley's Offshore Wind Energy
Press Conference
Tuesday, Jan. 22, noon,
The year has come for WIND!!! Governor O'Malley will hold a press conference Tuesday to announce his Offshore Wind Energy bill. The Maryland Offshore Wind Coalition's recent polling shows that 72% of Marylanders favor offshore wind, so this press conference could come at a no better time! Join us & tell your friends! At Lawyer's Mall in front of the State House (100 State Circle, Annapolis) For More info: Please Contact Chris Hill, See link here.
The CCAN Polar Bear Plunge- Keep Winter Cold
Saturday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m. - at The Beach at National Harbor, National Harbor, Maryland. Pledge to support brave plungers for CCAN, an organization Bill McKibben of honors as the most effective local climate change group in the country. Elisabeth and Ray, two climate activists from CCIHC, are plunging. See Elisabeth's page here and Ray's page here.

Environmental Legislative Summit
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 4:30 - 6 p.m. The Citizens’ Campaign for the Environment invites all to the 19th Annual Legislative Summit in Annapolis to hear from top legislative leaders and advocates about environmental priorities for the 2013 General Assembly session. Miller Conference Room, Miller Senate Building, 11 Bladen St., Annapolis

Howard County Delegation Hearing
Thursday, Feb. 7. 
 Testify at the Howard County delegation hearing on statewide bills in the Banneker Room, George Howard Bldg, Ellicott City. Tell our representatives in Annapolis why we need Maryland Offshore Wind, a bill for the fracking study, and more. Info:   (Staff say this page will be updated soon.) Everyone is invited to sign up and testify.

Maryland Clean Energy Legislative Reception
Thursday, Feb. 14,  8 - 11 a.m.,
 Miller Senate Office Building, President's West Conference Room, 11 Bladen St., Annapolis. If you love clean energy and want to influence outcomes throughout the 2013 General Assembly session, you will want to be at this event! Come for breakfast and network with colleagues & other energy industry representatives. Plan to stay and meet with your district representatives! FREE! Advance registration is required by no later than Feb.7. Sponsors include CCAN, Sierra Club and TerraLogos. See schedule and more at flyer .
Obama 'Climate Legacy' Action
Sunday,  Feb. 17,  noon in DC -  Obama 'Climate Legacy' Action on Presidents' Day Weekend. and the Do the Math Tour are back in DC for a massive rally to tell the president that we expect leadership on climate change, beginning with a rejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. We hope to make "Forward on Climate" the largest climate rally in history. Join this historic event to make your voice heard and help the president start his second term with strong climate action. Sponsored by and the Sierra Club. Info and signup:

Earth Forum of Howard County
Sunday, Feb. 17, 2- 4:30 p.m.

Predicting Extreme Weather Events, featuring Dr. Wayne Higgins, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Dr. Higgins, director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, will highlight the recent successes the CPC has had in providing timely information to the public about extreme weather. First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. Free and open to all. Information at www.earthforumhc. Contact or call 410-730-3545.


FREE Webinar - “Global Warming’s Six Americas”;  Wednesday, Feb. 6, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m., on using Yale and George Mason University's research about six distinct climate change audiences in order to communicate more effectively.  This is only for members of the Climate Access network (if not a member, you may apply here) and is offered in collaboration with the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and George Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication. Info and registration here.

May 2013, 10-week free online course on Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate Conversations. Info and sign up

BARD: noon conference calls discussing climate and clean energy solutions. Wednesday, Feb. 6:  Daniel Lashof, director, Climate and Clean Air Program, NRDC  Talk title: Cutting Carbon at Power Plants;  Wednesday, Feb. 20: Mike Tidwell of Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Talk title: Offshore Wind: Potential and Politics. Information:

Climate Change in the News

O'Malley submitted budget to fund fracking study.  Article here.

Study shows black carbon is second most important greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide. Read here and here.

Mayors call on President Obama to discuss the importance of climate change. Details here.

Interfaith Moral Action on Climate rally in NYT. Article here.

Draft Climate Change Assessment warns of 9°-15°F warming for most of U.S. Details here
Federal Advisory Committee Draft Climate Assessment released for public review

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