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#BreakFree From Fossil Fuels 
Sunday, May 15, 1 p.m.
Lafayette Square, DC

To change everything, we need everyone.

#BreakFree DC will rally in front of the White House and call on President Obama to stop all offshore drilling. We will then march past  the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool. 

Email for carpool that leaves at 11:30 a.m. from Broken Land Parkway Park&Ride West.  
May 16 - 22, with training and art-build May 15. Tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to stop rubber-stamping permits for fracked-gas pipelines, compressor stations and export facilities. Sign up here.

 March for Clean Energy Revolution
On Sunday, July 24, on the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, thousands of people will march through the streets to call for the end of fracking and other dirty fossil fuels and a quick and just transition to a future with clean, renewable energy.
Website here; Facebook event here.
 HoCoCC is planning to renting buses
to Philly from Columbia.

Email for updates.
Destiny Watford awarded Goldman Environmental Prize

 Huge congratulations to Destiny Watford for receiving the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize, one of only six awarded each year to environmental heroes around the globe. Destiny, a student leader with Free Your Voice, has been key to keeping a toxic trash incinerator from being built near her Curtis Bay community. Part of the campaign was getting customers -- including Howard County government, schools and community college -- to drop contracts to buy energy from the Energy Answers incinerator. HoCoCC was proud to work with Destiny and Free Your Voice on that piece of the campaign. In March, the state Department of the Environment finally ruled the permit invalid (a sit-in and arrests happened first). The community wants to reclaim the site for a solar farm or recycling plant. The Goldman Prize made this powerful video about Destiny and the long journey to stop the incinerator. A video of Destiny accepting the prize is here. Some of the many articles about Destiny, who is finishing up her junior year at Towson University, are here, here, here and here

HoCo Climate Change appreciates your support.

Advocacy Team
Wednesday, June 1
7 p.m. at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend. 
Steering Committee
Monday, May 16 
7 p.m. 
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Circle Committee
Wind Power
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Let's keep fracking
out of Maryland
Research on fracking continues to point to unacceptable hazards. A comprehensive literature review published this month in the journal Reviews on Environmental Health indicates that fracking operations are particularly harmful to infants and young children. The paper is here. HoCo Climate Change is part of a coalition of more than 70 groups calling for a ban on fracking in our state. Please join this campaign to keep fracking out of our state. Details here

Thank you notes
Maryland legislators passed an expanded Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act and the Clean Energy Jobs Act during the 2016 General Assembly session. (A great article is here.) Governor Hogan has signed the emissions reductions bill and is considering the jobs bill. Please click here to urge Governor Hogan to sign the Clean Energy Jobs Actwhich calls for our state to get 25 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources like wind and solar by 2020, up from the previous goal of 20 percent by 2022. Thank your legislators for their support of the clean energy jobs act: Senators Guy Guzzone and Edward Kasemeyer and Delegates Vanessa Atterbeary, Terri Hill, Clarence Lam, Robert Flanagan, Eric Ebersole, Shane Pendergrass and Frank Turner. (Voting against the bill were Sen. Gail Bates and Delegates Trent Kittleman and Warren Miller.) All addresses are listed here

Please also send your thanks via email, snail mail or tweet to 
Governor Hogan and your legislators for setting our state on the path to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030. Voting for that bill were Sens. Gail Bates, Guy Guzzone and Edward Kasemeyer, and Delegates Vanessa Atterbeary, Eric Ebersole, Robert Flanagan, Terri Hill, Clarence Lam and Shane Pendergrass. (Voting against the bill were Delegates Trent Kittleman and Warren Miller. Delegate Frank Turner was absent.)  Again, all addresses are listed here.

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