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HoCo Climate Change 

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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.
Some major actions coming soon:
  • Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m., Reject and Protect  in DC- We will join the Cowboy Indian Alliance,  ranchers, farmers, tribal communities and their friends in the fight against Keystone XL pipeline. The Obama administration has again delayed a decision  (4/18/14) on the pipeline to give agencies more time to submit reviews on whether this project is in the national interest. (Hint: It's not.) The administration cited a Nebraska court case that has thrown into question the pipeline's proposed route. The deadline had been May 7. Now it's who knows when -- probably after the fall election, at the earliest. This also gives the State Department more time to review the unprecedented number of public comments --2.5 million.    http://rejectandprotect.org  

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
RECENT PREVIOUS EVENTS HERE
 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.