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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.

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Next Advocacy

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

Next Steering Committee

Wednesday, Dec. 12th
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
"Carbon Zero: Imagining Cities That Can Save the Planet"
by Alex Steffen
“A deep and inspiring manual for imagining how our cities can become the solution to our climate woes.” ~
Read the book on here.
Drilling Down
A Conference on Fracking Risks and Action in Maryland
Saturday, Dec 8, 10 - 4 p.m.
Registration starts at 9 a.m. 
University of Baltimore

Maryland’s first-ever statewide conference on fracking. Hundreds of Marylanders -- activists, legislators, and fracking experts -- will come together for an inspiring, informative, and action-oriented day.
  • Get the facts on the dangers of fracking.
  • Meet inspiring activists on the front lines of the drilling threat in PA, NY and Western Maryland.
  • Rub elbows with Maryland legislators taking the lead on addressing fracking in our General Assembly.
  • Leave energized to join the fight in Maryland to win strong protections for our water, our health, and our climate.
  • After 4pm, consider after party to continue to make connections and debrief with fellow attendees.
Sign up Now! $15 in advance, $20 at door and includes lunch. Less for students. See list of fantastic speakers and registration (advance payment) here and here.
After you register you can add $7 for reduced rate parking. There will be carpools from Columbia. Email
Location: University of Baltimore, Langsdale Auditorium, corner of Maryland Ave. & West Oliver St. Use the entrance on West Oliver St., Baltimore, MD 21201.
Tuesday, Dec 4,  9:30 - 11 a.m.
Featuring Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Eric Pooley, Senior Vice President at the Environmental Defense Fund; Vicki Arroyo, Director of the Georgetown Climate Center; and Bill Becker, Executive Director of the Presidential Climate Action Project.   For info see  Breakfast served at event in start time for webcast may be after 9:30 am.  Live webcast at

Prince George's County Offshore Wind Town Hall
Wednesday, Dec 12, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Come find out about clean energy opportunities, like offshore wind, that can create a local economy and jobs, cleaner air, fund a small and minority business development fund, and prevent extreme weather. Featuring: State Delegates Michael Vaughn,
Aisha Braveboy Lt. Governor Anthony Brown (invited), issue experts, Q & A.
WHERE: Hillcrest Heights Community Center
2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills, MD 20748

Who's Who in Annapolis -- A training for the Maryland Environmental Community
hursday, Dec 13, Noon,  at MDLCV's office, 86 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD  Facilitator: Jen Brock Cancellieri, Deputy Director, MDLCV and veteran of 6 legislative sessions.  This Training is FREE and open to anyone including interns, volunteers and board members but you have to RSVP here.  Info: here.

Promised Land Movie
Nationwide opening
Friday, Dec 28 –  with Matt Damon on Fracking -


Climate Change in the News

Fracking Opinion Piece  in Gazette published by 2 CCIHC co-founders - Read here.

Newly elected Maryland Congressman, John Delaney, on Climate Change (2 minutes video)  - watch here.
A new study shows  sea levels rising 60% faster than UN projection. Read more here and the study is here.

Climate Change Study Indicates Amount Of Heat-Trapping Pollution Rose By 3 Percent Worldwide Last Year - More here.
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