Think Globally, Act Locally

HoCo Climate Change 

Needs You !

HoCo Climate Change (formerly Climate Change Initiative of Howard County) is an all-volunteer group of Howard County citizens working to reduce Howard County's carbon footprint and to promote a clean energy future. We can't do it alone. We need your help. Explore our website to learn ways you can get involved, through discussion circles, advocacy, local events, and more. As the historian Howard Zinn said, "Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world."
                          Join our ENews list to get emails about our activities and area climate action (you can expect emails about twice a month). 
                                   Fill out mail form here or email us at: hococlimatechange@gmail.com    Check out our past eNews here.

                   Sunday AM watch the Live Stream here on YouTube and on  www.peoplesclimate.org 
 Read Bill McKibben's call to action here and sign up here.  Sierra Club other special buses SOLD OUT including a bus for 56 from Columbia Md!  Check commercial transportation or go to supporting event Sunday at 3pm in Baltimore here. See 350.org film about the march Disruption: Climate Change online here (54 min.)     For the people, for the climate!

Beginning in 2011, we have been advocating for a fracking moratorium or bans. Many of us saw The Promised Land with Matt Damon, Triple Divide and Gasland 2.  Check out anti-fracking campaigns at www.chesapeakeclimate.org,   www.americansagainstfracking.org/  and Citizen Shale (Western Marylanders concerned about fracking) .   
We are deeply concerned about the TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership,  a international trade agreement being negotiated in secret that would  increase fracking.  See our TPP page here.
Download our recently updated brochure here!
See the Howard County and MD/DC Events pages for details on all our upcoming events.
 What Can You Do?

There are many ways to get involved.   See events and calendar here.

You can reduce your carbon footprint by 8.5 METRIC TONS per year in less than 15 minutes, by signing up for clean wind energy now.   Click here for a flier.

Check out energy savings from your utility -   BGE  here or Allegheny Energy/Potomac Edi­son (now part of FirstEnergyCorp)  here.
Discussion circles meet to read articles on climate change and discuss the information.  These discussion circles are an excellent way to meet other people in the community who are interested in climate change. 
We also need volunteers to help with numerous activities including

·         Starting new discussion groups

·         Facilitating discussion groups

·         Updating the CCIHC web site

·         Writing/editing announcements

·         Writing articles for the web site and blogs

·         Advocating for climate change solutions

Draw the Line on Cove Point, a proposed facility for exporting liquefied fracked gas --- which will accelerate fracking    Feb. 20, noon to 1:30 p.m. in Baltimore 
Recent Event - Columbia MD was one of 9 cities on the Maryland Crossroads Tour-Clean Energy v Cove Point?  Tues Dec. 3, 7:30 – 9 pm  at  50+ Center,  East Columbia Library,  Missed this event?  Want to share it with friends? See Video of Tour presentation in Frederick here.  Read op-ed here                                                                                                                

HoCo Climate Change was  a partner in ForwardOnClimate, the largest climate rally ever, in DC, noon to 4  Sunday February 17, 2013
Within Maryland -  HoCo Climate Change advocated for several years for  CLEAN offshore wind energy, which will provide pollution-free electricity and THOUSANDS of green jobs in MARYLAND.  We have victory in 2013!  The Maryland Offshore Wind Bill Passed!

Climate change is happening faster than we all anticipated.

The time to act is now.