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Building on the people's march

We were 400,000 strong in New York City, showing the world that a huge and unified movement wants swift action on climate change. Much has been written about the event and its significance. Help document the march by sharing your story here. See many photos, videos and articles here.
And then FERC made sure we didn't get too happy or self-assured by approving Dominion's fracked-gas export facility in Southern Maryland. We weren't surprised, but that doesn't lessen the sting â€” or deter us from the fight against this ill-conceived project. Watch the People's Court in action at FERC a few days after the ruling. We found our elected and appointed leaders GUILTY on all counts. Residents in Lusby had a press conference, too.
Action is the remedy for despair 
The Great March for Climate Action 
will enter Maryland Saturday, Oct. 25, and arrive in DC Saturday, Nov. 1. These walkers started March 1 in Los Angeles and, except for a detour to NYC for the People's Climate March, they have been heading toward DC ever since. Join them for a day or more. On Nov. 1, accompany them on the final leg from Bethesda to a grand rally in DC. Details here and here.  

Beyond Extreme Energy
During the week of Nov. 1, a coalition of individuals, communities, and local and regional organizations is planning nonviolent direct actions in Washington, DC, at FERC and other offices, such as the American Petroleum Institute and America's Natural Gas Alliance. The kickoff rally Nov.1 will welcome the Great Climate March to DC. Please sign up here to participate for a day or more. Sponsors include Sandra Steingraber, Tim DeChristopher, the Rev. Lennox Yearwood, and Bill McKibben. 
New Discussion Circle Starting
Introductory Evening 
Thursday, Oct. 16
7 to 9 p.m.
                        Wegmans - 
(upstairs meeting space)
                      8855 McGaw Road, Columbia
                          Session schedule to be 
                         determined at meeting

Come to the introductory session to learn more about global warming and explore the big picture of energy.
Howard County Events

Citizens' Climate Lobby
Monday, Oct. 13, 7 - 9 p.m.
Howard County chapter meets second Monday of every month at Wegmans in Columbia.

50+ Expo
Friday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Come visit us at our table.


The Election and the Environment
Sunday, Oct. 19
2 - 4:45 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Howard County

Candidates for Maryland Senate n Howard County will discuss their positions on the environment,
leading up to Election Day Nov 4.
Details here,
 email or call 410-750-1479.  

 Get Money Out Maryland
Saturday, Oct. 25, 3 - 5 p.m. 
Howard County chapter meets in a private home.
Email Perry at 

Changing Landscape:
Observations from Space 
 Saturday, Nov. 8,  9 a.m. to noon. 

Howard Community College
Land use measured from space 
with NASA's Landsat Project.

Wind Power For Your Home

Clean Energy at Affordable Prices
through Group Purchasing Power
Join Groundswell's Fall 2014 Energy Group for negotiated discount group rates. Anyone who pay a utility bill in Maryland and DC can switch to clean affordable energy by joining this group for collective purchasing power.  Groundswell will research, negotiate and vet the energy suppliers on your behalf to get the best rates for your home. No obligation to join. You decide whether to enroll once the rates are announced. Details.

Wind Power Information Session 
Monday, Oct. 20
7:30 p.m. in Laurel - Details

Still More To Do

Fracking risk study: The Maryland Department of the Environment has released its in-house risk study that says fracking is not so risky. An article on the report is here and a Baltimore Sun editorial is here.. Ricardo-AEA, hired by CCAN and Citizen Shale, conducted a risk assessment that found much higher risks. A summary of that study is here. Please take a look at the study and email comments to MDE by 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3.
Fight the proposed Exelon-Pepco merger: We joined other organizations around the state to oppose this proposed merger, which would give Exelon a near monopoly and hamper our transition to clean energy. Info here and letter of opposition here. This merger must get approval from the DC and Maryland Public Service Commissions. Stay tuned. 
ClimateHoward blog
by Elisabeth Hoffman 
Starting Now

Change by Degrees: Addressing the Climate Challenge

Check out all the topics here

Steering Committee

Tuesday, Nov. 18
7 p.m. 
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Advocacy Team
Early November
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
Don't frack
with our health
Susan G. Komen foundation and fracking giant Baker Hughes have partnered to distribute 1,000 specially painted pink drill bits around the world. Sign the petition telling the Komen foundation to stop the pinkwashing.  
Baltimore Sun
Letter to Editor

from our own fractivist
Elisabeth Hoffman
Even the US Energy Dept. says exporting fracked gas is not clean. 'WaPo article 
also quotes Mike Tidwell.

Stand up to polluters and add your voice in support of the EPA's effort to limit carbon pollution from all existing power plants.

Free Online Courses

Maryland & DC Events

 Creating a New Climate Economy
Friday, Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m. to noon 
George Washington University, City View Room, 1957 E St. NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20052  Presented by the World Resources Institute. Register for free event here.

Global Frackdown 2014
Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m, Gasland IIThe film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industry is “contaminating our democracy.” The Crown, 1910 North Charles St., 2nd floor, Baltimore. Details here.
Saturday, Oct. 11, noon. Sit in the jury box at a mock trial, where Governor O'Malley will be sentencing Marylanders, crabs, fish and our water to a bleak, poisoned existence. Baltimore Inner Harbor,  401 Light St, Baltimore, Details here and here   

Maryland Sierra Club Baltimore Office Grand Opening
Sunday, Oct. 11, 3 - 7 p.m., Mill Centre Artist Studios, 3000 Chestnut Ave,
Baltimore 21211

 Frederick County Waste Alternatives Conference
Saturday, Oct. 18,  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
All Saints Church in Frederick  (Church St. right across from City Hall).  
The Frederick County No Incinerator Alliance has been fighting a waste-to-energy trash incinerator in their community, and their campaign is heating up. Join the Alliance for an informative conference on alternatives  to burning waste for energy.   
Tiny Home Living
Saturday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m. 
 Westminster Branch Library in Carroll County 
The speaker will be Dee Williams, author of The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir, co-owner of Portland Alternative Dwellings, teacher, and sustainability advocate. This free event is supported by the Catoctin Group Sierra Club.
 Find more events on our website.
HoCo Climate Change members save energy by carpooling. 
Email us to start or join a carpool.
Home Energy Audit

Lower your utility bills and carbon footprint ...
and support HoCo CC

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

Climate Change News

  • A Maryland advisory council recommends the strongest smog regulations for coal plants in the country. Press release here.  
  • Baltimore Sun editorial calls "Fracking still worrisome"
  • New York Times and Washington Post expand climate coverage.  
  • Fracking called sleeper issue of the 2016 Democratic  presidential primary.
  • Ambitious lawsuit holds gas and oil companies responsible for Louisiana's vanishing land.
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