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Free Film Screening
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.
Emmanuel United Methodist Church
10755 Scaggsville Road, Laurel

HoCo Climate Change is sponsoring a free screening of Mike Wicklein's 70-minute film that captures the sentiments of Western Marylanders and the drama behind the fracking moratorium that passed in 2015. We'll have a discussion after the movie.
This film screening is part of the #DontFrackMD Week of Action, with events scheduled across the state. Please attend one of these events. 
The state's moratorium on fracking is set to expire in October 2017. The Don't Frack MD coalition, which includes HoCo Climate Change, will be pushing for a ban in the next General Assembly session. (Be sure to Like the DontFrackMD Facebook page.)
RSVP for the film requested (not required) at 

Additional Screening
Sunday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m.
Homewood Friends Meeting (dining room)
3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore
State Sen.Jim Brochin and CCAN staffer Brooke Harper will facilitate the Q&A after.

This statewide poll of Maryland voters shows broad public support for permanently banning fracking. This poll echos a Washington Post poll that found a similar strong majority opposes fracking in Maryland. Here'a a radio interview about plans for the ban and the poll.
Gov. Larry Hogan is continuing to push fracking regulations. (A summary of the proposed regulations is here; the regulations are here.) Ask your elected officials to sign this letter supporting a ban on fracking. Read more about the poll here and here. And watch a new video of endless truck traffic connected with fracking in Pennsylvania. 

Nov. 18
All Day
On Nov.18, take to social media for Frack Free Friday. All day, we will post pictures of ourselves, friends, family, and natural spaces to urge our legislators to ban fracking. Take a picture and share it on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter, tagging your delegates and senator with #FrackFreeFriday and #DontFrackMD. Spread the word and invite your friends and family.
Details here and Facebook event here.

Kim Alexander and Aeryn Boyd are nearing the end of their 313-mile journey on foot, from Oakland to Lusby, to protect water and support a statewide ban on fracking. The #WaterWalkMD finale event is Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Lusby. Facebook event page here. Support their efforts here.

 Columbia Solar Cooperative Information Session   
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7 - 8:30 p.m. 
Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia
Local Maryland residents can go solar as a group and get a discount of up to 25% off the standard cost of a solar system. Columbia Association is partnering with Civic Works' Retrofit Baltimore to promote this program. Register here: Retrofit Baltimore. View info flyer.
What’s Next
for Our Environment?  
 Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 - 4:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Howard County

Explore how the new president, administration and Congress will seek to define and shape the federal response to climate change and sustainability. Speakers include Peter Marx, a federal environmental policy expert; Shantha Ready Alonso of Creation Justice Ministries; and Diogo Castro Freire, a documentary filmmaker from Harvard. The event includes refreshments, information tables, Freire's film "Facing the Surge," and a workshop about lobbying skills. Free and open to all.
Visit for details.

HoCo Climate Change appreciates your support.

Advocacy Team
Wednesday, Dec. 7,
7 p.m. 

at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend. 
Steering Committee
Monday, Dec. 12
7 p.m.

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

Local authors Julie Dunlap and Susan A. Cohen have edited the book “Coming of Age at the End of Nature: A Generation Faces Living on a Changed Planet." This anthology gathers the passionate voices of young writers who have grown up in an environmentally damaged and compromised world. The book includes a foreword by Bill McKibben
 People's Hearing

Friday, Dec. 2
  11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

National Press Club 
529 14th St. NW,
13th Floor
Washington, DC  
Facebook event
 We The People are holding hearings to investigate the abuses of power and law being inflicted by FERC in communities across our country. Sign up to submit testimony here
Before the Flood 
2016 documentary 

Now streaming

Before the Flood captures a three-year journey alongside Academy Award-winning actor and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores climate change and what must be done to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.
National Geographic has made the documentary available for free.

Tuesday, Nov. 15 
Solidarity Actions
at Army Corps of Engineers
in DC and Baltimore and elsewhere around the country and globe.
Human Cost of Energy Production
Photography Exhibit
Open House and Reception
Tuesday, Dec 6, 4:30 - 7 p.m.  
1000 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC
The Environmental Integrity Project and the International League of Conservation Photographers will host this photo exhibit that tells the story of how the oil and fracked-gas industries are affecting communities. RSVP event page here - FREE.
 Symposium on Fracked-Gas Infrastructure
Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 Immanuel United Church of Christ
1905 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville
Learn, listen and seek solutions to stop the invasion of fracked-gas infrastructure in our communities. From pipelines to compressor stations to export facilities, our communities are paying the high costs of dirty energy with their health and the ever-growing threats from the climate crisis. You will hear from communities on the front lines that are fighting fracked-gas infrastructure. Register here.

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