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The Cove Point battle goes nationwide, with an article by Mike Tidwell and Bill McKibben in Politico.  
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Over 86,000 have signed the pledge! Join the Resistance and sign the Keystone XL Pledge here.  Sign up for local training for civil disobedience here.
Register for a video 
Stop-KXL townhall
Wednesday, March 12,  
8 - 9 p.m. 


Advocacy Team
Monday, March 10, 
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend. 

Steering Committee
Monday, March 31, 
7 p.m
at Betsy’s house. 
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if you plan to attend.
Circle Committee
at Charlie's house.
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Cove Point opposition grows

Take action today
  • Hundreds of people testified against the Cove Point plans at a Public Service Commission hearing in Calvert County. Ruth Alice White testified on behalf of HoCo Climate Change. Her account of the day is here. HoCo Climate Change's statement is here.
  • Eight activists — four in Cumberland and four in Frederick —  were arrested in acts of civil disobedience against Cove Point. Read a news release about the Frederick action here, the Cumberland action here and activists' statements here and here
  • DO THIS NOW: We need to flood the Public Service Commission with comments. Tell the PSC this proposal is not in the best interest of Marylanders. CCAN will print and hand-deliver comments to the PSC April 2 if you comment online. Or snail mail address: William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul St., 16th Floor, Baltimore, 21202. Examples here. We want to break the record for comments to the PSC
At least 700 people attended the rally against Cove Point in Baltimore on March 20.
Read here. See photos and video.  News reports here.


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HoCo Climate Change member Dan Helfrich has created an online resource with information about climate change and its global and local effects, how to reduce one's carbon footprint -- and how to take action. "The Earth has a fever, our leaders are very concerned, and we must act now, together, to save our climate," Dan says on the website.


Local Events

Why Garden: Successful and Sustainable Gardening in a Changing Climate
Dr. Sara Via, UMD biology professor
Sunday, March 16, 2 - 4:30 p.m., Columbia
Dr. Via will present practical techniques for gardening in a changing climate. 

Climate Reality Presentation
March 13, 6 p.m.
Howard County Conservancy

Maryland & DC Events

Coal Country film screening
Sunday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in College Park 
Thursday, March 13, at 6 p.m. in Baltimore

 Coal Country documents the struggle of miners and residents to preserve their health, communities and livelihoods in the face of a mining process called mountaintop removal, or MTR. Coal companies blast the tops off mountains, scoop up the exposed coal, and dump the leftover debris into valleys and streams. Details

Climate Change and Health
Thursday, March 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location TBD

Workshop organized by the Chesapeake Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Sara Via will talk about the science of climate change and Dr. Cindy Parker, JHU Public Health, will discuss the health effects of climate change.  Breakout discussions will follow. Info.

Drill Baby Drill film screening
Friday, March 28, 6:30 p.m., Anacostia in DC

A movie about Chevron's plan to frack in Poland and the response from a small village. Part of the DC Environmental Film Fest. Discussion follows screening. FREE. No tickets required. More Info
 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

April 5, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Howard Community College
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