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HoCo & MD Climate Events



5 Saturdays  March 6, March 20, April 10, May 15,  May 22  - each time 2-3:30 pm -  Skilling Up for Climate Action with The training is free and is for new and experienced volunteers. HoCoClimateAction is a local 350 group.  Topics include:  Climate Justice: Principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Strategic Messaging and Storytelling; Organizing and Movement Building; and Policy Advocacy. Promo toolkit  Flyer here.   Register here.

Mon April 19, 1-2pm  MCEC final program in 2021 Policy Watch Webinar Series $10 registration fee. Summarizes Maryland legislative session climate bills that passed, bills that failed, and their effects on the Energy Sector,

Confirmed Guest Speakers:

Sen. Brian Feldman Vice Chair- Senate Finance Committee (District 15, MD General Assembly)

Sen. Mary Washington Senate Health, Education, & Environmental Matters Committee (District 43, MD General Assembly)

Del. Kumar Barve Chair - House Environment & Transportation Committee (District 17, MD General Assembly)

Del. Lorig Charkoudian House Economic Matters Committee (District 20, MD General Assembly)

David Murray Executive Director, Chesapeake Solar & Storage Association

Lisa Smith, Esq. Director of Legislative Affairs, Maryland Public Service Commission

Mon April 19, 1-3pm - Maryland Commission on Climate Change Quarterly Public Meeting.  The focus is an analysis of climate bills that passed, discussion of the Environmental and Climate Justice and more.

Link:   Or Call: +1 650-779-0091 PIN: 683 931 012# 
●   Legislative Session 2021 Update

Mon April 19, 7 pm 
Tackling the A-Z Impacts of FrackedGas/Plastic: Labor Solidarity - register here.

Tues April 20, 10-noon -  MCCC Mitigation Working Group (MWG) Meeting. Maryland has finally issued the report Maryland's 2030 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act Plan due Dec 2019 (available here.) The March 16 meeting covered  The 2020 GHG Inventory_presentation  and transportation issues.

Tues April 20, 1-2 pm - UMBC Earth Week  - State Senator Pinsky & State Senator Lam on student advocacy, making change, and the Climate Action Now bill; and The Future Act,  Green New Deal, and tutorial on MD Leg Session.  Sign up here for this session and see daily events this week to sign up for. 

Tues, April 20, 3pm -  Right to Repair and the Road to Zero Waste webinar hosted by U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group). The event is focused on electronic waste and the environmental impacts of electronics, including mining and climate change. Environmental organizations, representatives, and citizens interested in zero waste are encouraged to attend. RSVP here.

Wed April 21, 5 pm - Climate Change: Science, Religion and  Public Policy  A presentation by Arthur Petersen, a scientist who also delves into the fields of public ethics, with much of his research about dealing with uncertainty. Petersen has doctorates in atmospheric science, public policy and, most recently, theology. He joined University College’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy after more than 13 years’ work as a scientific adviser on environment and infrastructure policy for the Dutch government. He also served as chief scientist of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and is a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Don't miss this crucial perspective. Sign-up here.

Wed, April 21, 5 pm - Systemic Crises, Movements, and Change in the 2020's.   Earth Week event with George Mason Univerity's Office of Sustainability and others answering the question:  "What are the duties of the academy to society in this period of systemic crisis, decay, rebuilding, and transition?" Info/registration.

Thurs April 22, 2021    - Earth Day 

Thurs, April 22, 6:30-8:30 PM, Baltimore City’s first annual zero waste day online - For decades the BRESCO trash-burning incinerator has been Baltimore’s way of dealing with our regions’ waste creating a toxic reliance that costs lives.  There are online efforts to close BRESCO which harms people and contributes to the climate crisis.  Meanwhile, residents, students, and workers created Baltimore's Fair Development Plan for Zero Waste for the transition away from incineration.  They pressured Baltimore City which now has a Zero Waste Plan. Come to this online celebration of Baltimore's first Annual Zero Waste Day, and let's all learn how to bring Zero Waste principles to our own communities. Signup here.  Sponsor is the South Baltimore Community Land Trust.

Thurs/Fri  April 22 & 23  Time TDB  - Live Stream of Biden Climate Summit.  President Biden took action his first day in office to return the United States to the Paris Agreement. Days later, on January 27, he announced that he would soon convene a leaders summit to galvanize efforts by the major economies to tackle the climate crisis. - 40 world leaders have been invited.  Recently even Putin said he would accept the invitation.  Watch for info on accessing the live stream.  

      (Note: See Vox article here - will the US go far enough? )

Tues April 27, 7-9 pm - Environmental Justice Forum...Social Equity & Green Justice: Forging a Path - Environmental justice and how the Biden agenda may help local communities, tools communities can use and more.  Includes Dr. Sacoby Wilson, Director, Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH) Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health.  Register here.

Wed April 28, 2-4pm  Maryland Commission on Climate Change - Mitigation Working Group's  Buildings Work Group - Agenda will be posted here closer to the date.  Join with Google Meet:

Join by phone: (US) +1 401-366-4603 (PIN: 367359206)

Wed April 28, 7pm  From Woke to Warrior - presentation by NAACP Maryland State Conference (MSC) Environmental and Climate Justice Committee on Environmental Justice. Iris Zhan, Howard County Sunrise founder and awesome high school student is featured.  Register here.