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Sunday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m. - Speaking out for Creation.  Maryland Legislative Briefing on some environmental legislation at the Earth Forum in Columbia. The is the program snowed out in January.  Facebook page here

Monday, Feb. 18, 5-8 p.m.    CCAN Lobby Day in Annapolis, House of Delegates, 6 Bladen St, Room 145 Annapolis, Md  Support expanding Md electrical grid clean energy and interstate pipeline safety - the 2 major climate bills this year.   Sign up -    RSVP to carpool from Columbia leaving at 3:30 pm.   Other carpools here.   Resource page - re parking, fact sheets etc here.

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 3pm  Webinar on new report called Drilling Towards Disaster, outlining how the the U.S is moving further and faster than any other country to expand oil and gas extraction, at precisely the time we must rapidly decarbonize to avoid climate disaster. Hear some of the report's key takeaways and how to best to use its findings from Oil Change and 17 partners.  Register here

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.   Support Maryland Moving Forward on Climate!  Howard Co. Delegation Hearing on Statewide Issues at Banneker Room, George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD.  Delegation will hear testimony from members of the public on any statewide issue they would like to bring to the Delegation’s attention. NOTE: No Howard County local bills that were previously given a public hearing will be heard. There will be a 3 minute limit to testimonies. Signup will begin at 7:00pm in the Banneker Room and will close at 7:20pm. Advance sign up is not available. You are encouraged to bring 15 – 20 copies of your testimony for the Delegation.  Come and support our priority climate bills and any others that are a priority for you. See  Sierra Club priority bills listed here.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. Solar Coop Info Session by Solar United Neighbors 

The non-profit Solar United Neighbors of Maryland has started a Howard County Co-op to help homeowners go solar. The information session helps you understand how solar works, how it can be financed, and how it can be installed on your home. Co-ops take advantage of the group's bulk-purchasing power to get discounted pricing and a quality installation. In this program, volunteer co-op participants choose an installer on behalf of the entire group through an open and competitive bidding process. Please RSVP.

Location: North Laurel Community Center, Hammond Branch Room, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd., Laurel, MD 20723

To learn more about the program, visit the Solar United Neighbors Howard County Co-op webpage.

Sat Feb 23,4-5:30 pm  Greening Your Money: A Workshop at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda sponsored by Interfaith Power & Light (DMV).  Attend in person or online.  Free, practical workshop on bringing our banking and investing in line with our values.  RSVP for either in person or livestreaming details 

Monday, Feb. 25, 4 - 8 p.m. Sierra Club Lobby night.  Priority bill fact sheets here. Clean energy bills, pipeline safety, green our transportation and more.  Info and sign up here    RSVP to to carpool from Columbia leaving at 2:30 pm.

Feb 28, 3 pm EST,  Webcast:  Stop Insuring Climate Chaos: How to Get the U.S. Insurance Industry to Ditch Fossil Fuels.  The insurance industry is supposed to protect us from catastrophic risk. Yet when it comes to climate change, the U.S. insurers are accelerating a dangerous future by investing in and insuring fossil fuel projects. Recently a number of the world’s largest insurance companies have -- under pressure -- taken unprecedented action to deny coverage to new coal and tar sands projects and to divest but so far no U.S. insurer has taken similar action. Presented by the Insure Our Future Campaign,  the Climate Reality Check Coalition and  Sign up:

Thursday, Feb. 28,  7 - 8  p.m.  Solar Information Session with the Columbia Association and its partner  Retrofit Baltimore/non-profit Civic Works.  This session present information to make it easy and affordable for Howard County residents to go solar and improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Based on the same principle as buying in bulk, homeowners will receive an exclusive discount off the standard market price of a solar system. A Retrofit Baltimore Energy Adviser will provide them with trusted information and guide them through each step of the process. He or she will offer personalized assistance, answer questions, and ensure that they receive quality service from their contractor. Location:  Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia MD 21045  Flier here.

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  • Sunday, March 10: - Earth Forum 2 - 4:30 pm - Guest Speaker: Dr. Wayne Higgins, Director of NOAA's Climate Program Office - The Fourth National Climate Assessment: Issues, Risks and Adaptation