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A new year of climate action awaits

2015 Priorities

HoCo Climate Change is building on the People's Climate March. We have much to protect, much to do. Here are the advocacy team's 2015 Priorities:
  • Fracking in Maryland
  • Fracked-gas export facility at Cove Point 
  • Renewable energy in Maryland
  • Community solar bill
  • Incinerator in Baltimore  
  • Plastic bag ban bill 
  • Exelon-Pepco merger
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
  • Keystone XL pipeline  
Learn more about HoCo Climate Change’s position and please join us in advocating for a better tomorrow.
What are YOU willing to do this year? We need people to write letters, do research, go to meetings, go to rallies, bird-dog legislators. We need YOU, so we can all keep Maryland moving forward toward a clean energy future and away from dirty fossil fuels.

Support Team HoCo Climate Change

CCAN's 10th annual Polar Bear Plunge 
Saturday, Jan. 24., 10:30 a.m.
at National Harbor

The annual “Keep Winter Cold” Polar Bear Plunge is CCAN's priority fundraising event, powering victories to move our region off of fossil fuels and to clean energy solutions.
Join our team or contribute to our climate hero plungers, Elisabeth and Liz. And then come watch the craziness. 

Local Events
Earth Forum
Earth Forum
Extreme Weather: How Will We Handle It?

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 
9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia
Dr. R. Wayne Higgins, Director of the Climate Program for NOAA and OAR, will lay out a three-part approach to understanding and responding to extreme weather and its impacts. Workshop to follow at 3:30 p.m.
Extra: Register by Jan. 16 to receive a free copy of National Climate Assessment at this forum - details.


"Pay 2 Play" FREE Screening
Thursday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m.
Owen Brown Interfaith Center

Documentary about big money in politics

Maryland & DC Events
Double up on Renewable Energy Rally
1st day of Maryland's legislative session
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 10:30 a.m. to noon 
Lawyer's Mall, Annapolis
Show legislators that you support Maryland getting 40 percent of its energy from clean energy by 2025. Register to attend the rally and get updates. More info  here. To carpool from Columbia, email
Sign the petition: Tell the Maryland Legislature: Let's Double our Renewable Energy
Exelon/PEPCO Merger Public Hearings
Tuesday, Jan. 13; 6 p.m., Rockville 
Wednesday, Jan. 14;  6 p.m., Largo
Speak Out Against the Exelon Takeover of Pepco in DC and MD at one of these hearings. Your presence holding a sign will be a witness, or sign up to testify.
How Will Human Ingenuity Handle a
Warming Planet?
Thursday, Jan. 15
12:15 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
New America Foundation, DC

Register to attend or watch streaming webcast 
Community Strategy Session
Stop the Curtis Bay Trash Incinerator
Saturday, Jan. 17, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Baltimore  
Important strategic meeting on renewable energy, zero waste solutions, fair development, public health, and sustainability. (Note that Howard County schools, community college and government have agreed to get energy from this incinerator that's within a mile of three schools. We will call on them to get out of these contracts.) Register for the strategy session here.  
ClimateHoward blog
by Elisabeth Hoffman 
the fracking rebellion

Don't Miss This!

TPP/Climate Call with Naomi Klein 

Sunday, Jan 11, 7:30 p.m.
Must pre-register
Help us Start a circle

Check out all the topics here

Advocacy Team
 Monday, Jan. 19
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Steering Committee
Tuesday, Feb. 2
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Circle Committee
at Charlie's house.
Email Charlie
if you plan to attend


Legacy Leadership Environmental Institute
Learning-packed, 8-week environmental education and volunteer leadership institute. Hear from experts from NASA, NOAA, the University of Maryland and other organizations,
.Check out this opportunity

Free Online Courses

Offered through

Age of Sustainable Development
East Coast Flooding and Climate Change Talk  
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m.

Annapolis Friends Meeting House
Dr. Melanie Fitzpatrick, lead author with the Union of Concerned Scientists, will discuss a new report, Encroaching Tides, on tidal flooding (here and here), along with panel of experts. 

Dear Governor Hogan
Wednesday, Jan. 21

Governor-elect Hogan has called fracking a “gold mine” for Marylanders. However, most of the more than 400 peer-reviewed studies on fracking show risk and harm to our air, water and health. Let’s tell Governor Hogan that his election is not a mandate to frack in Maryland. Details here and on FB event.
5th Anniversary of Citizen's United Decision Rally
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m.
House Office Building, Annapolis

Call on legislators to get money out of politics.
More January events on our website.
HoCo Climate Change members save energy by carpooling. 
Email us to start or join a carpool.

Save the Date
Environmental Summit, 
Tuesday, Feb. 3,   4 - 6  p.m.
Learn about 2015 environmental priorities and meet senators and delegates. Details

The Real Cost of Fracking:
How America’s Shale Gas Boom is
Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food

Monday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 pm, Baltimore
Presenters Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald 
Home Energy Audit

Lower your utility bills and carbon footprint ...
and support HoCo Climate Change
Get a Home Performance energy audit with greeNEWit, a local Howard County company, for $100 (a $400 value) and HoCo Climate Change can receive a $40 referral fee. (Please be sure to list us as the referring group.)
For more information, please visit greeNEWit and schedule a FREE consultation

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