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Weekly Sundays 2 pm - Sunrise Movement Howard County Hub -  - Sunrise Movement Howard County  list of upcoming events: here   Info: SunriseHoCo@gmail.com


Monthly for 4 months  - Tues & Thurs, 7-8:30 pm - Webinar Series on the A-Z Impacts of Plastic  

July 21st - 23rd - Environment

August 18th - 20st - Climate

Info and signup:  impactsofplastic.com  Will the Ohio River valley become a toxic sacrifice zone instead of source of water for people, farms, and wildlife?  Find out about the proposed Shell ethane cracker plant, which would make brand new raw plastic from fracking. The production of plastic – from underground gas pocket through the wellhead, pipelines, refineries, shipping/logistics to your trash-- has impacts that affect our health, economy, environment and climate. In this series you can join a discussion of leaders working toward solutions and actions we can take together.  

Past in this series: May 19 - 21st - Health Impacts of Plastics - https://youtu.be/CCkGzOMxEd8

June 16th - 18th - Economics - https://youtu.be/PLz6bXZd5G8



Every other Wed,  3:30-4:30, until Aug. 26.  Sara Via's  six climate and sustainability webinars this summer.  June 17 iwas on Healthy soil   See all dates & topics on flyer here.   If you have questions, email:  svia@umd.edu

Register here . 

        Jul 1   Regenerative gardening: Successful and sustainable climate victory gardens

        Jul 15  2020 Regenerative landscaping

        Jul 29  What can the pandemic teach us about being (un)prepared for climate change and other global disasters?

        Aug 12  The power of individual choice: what can individuals do to combat climate change and how much difference will it make?

        Aug 26   Climate change is bad for your health


Tues, July 21, 6-7pm  Black Lives Matter: Town Hall on Environmental Justice

As we continue our fight against structural racism in Maryland, it is crucial that we recognize the environmental toxins and harms that communities of color have long been exposed to purposefully. There is a deep history of redlining and environmental racism in our country, and our state is certainly a part of that. As climate change continues, the environmental violence on communities of color only worsens. For example, trash incinerators like the Wheelabrator in Baltimore cause air pollution that has serious public health impacts on the adjacent Black communities. We can’t let this go on - we must all be working to defend Black lives from all harms. It is critical that we understand these histories of racism in our communities and work toward comprehensive environmental justice that benefits both people and the planet. Click here to join us in the fight against environmental racism in MarylandbbbJoin the webinar to:

    Hear about Progressive Maryland’s Campaign for Environmental Justice

    Get an update on environmental legislative priorities from Senator Mary Washington

    Understand the history of redlining & environmental racism in Maryland from Dante Swinton,             Energy Justice Network & Clean Air Baltimore Coalition

    Listen to how a state agency is working to support low-income families with eco-friendly housing         from Amber Brown, Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development

Register here. 


Wed, July 22,  8 pm  Just Transition Webinar from the Labor Network for Sustainability from the Labor Network on Sustainability and others

Register here.  Learn the history of the movement from those who played a part in its origins and the labor and environmental justice leaders who founded the Just Transition Alliance. This is the third in a series for the Just Transition Listening Project


Thurs, July 23, 5:30- 7 The Toxic Path of Fracked Gas Part II on Transmission  of Our Cycle of Harm webinars. Register here.  Our panelists include:

Kim Fraczek (Director of Sane Energy Project)

Dr. Courtney M. Williams (Cofounder of Safe Energy Rights Group and Coordinator for Resist Spectra)

Dr. Murray McBride (Environmental Toxicologist and professor at Cornell University)

Scenic Hudson Director of Environmental Advocacy Hayley Carlock will moderate. Q&A will follow.


Sun, July 26, 2020 - 5 p.m. New York Times-bestselling author Jenny Offill will discuss her novel "Weather" with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.  It is  an anxious and funny novel that follows a librarian who is gradually awakened to the climate crisis and tries to balance that with her daily life. As a Guardian reporter put it, “At its core, the story asks: what happens after we start to pay attention?” This event will contain a discussion of both the novel and the answer to that question. This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series and is presented in partnership with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Instead of a set ticket price, Politics and Prose Bookstore asks that you contribute what you can to support the booksotre and their virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. Info tickets and book sales here.


Wed July 29, 7-8:30 pm CCAN Volunteer Orientation for Maryland Activists - Have you wanted to get involved with the climate fight but really aren’t sure how? Are you fired up but don’t know how to direct your energy? We want you! Join us for our Volunteer Orientation to learn more about how you personally can fit into the Maryland climate movement. We’ll discuss the progress we’ve won in our state, our goals for a livable future, how we will achieve that future, and how you can help. For the first hour, we’ll have a presentation and discussion that is perfect for newcomers to the climate fight in Maryland. Then, from 8:00-8:30, we will switch over to discussing in more detail upcoming events and campaigns. Everyone, including more seasoned activists, are invited to attend the later portion. We’ll be joined by CCAN’s Maryland organizers who will be your guides as we move forward into the next phase of the climate fight. Zoom link will be emailed to you after you RSVP here


Thurs July 30 at noon - Banking on Climate Change: How Big Banks Fuel the Climate Crisis: 2 part webinar series https://www.facebook.com/events/783079815563933/ Sign up here. Session One on July 14 was an introduction to how banks drive climate change — including a review of the findings of the latest Banking on Climate Change report.

Session Two on July 30 at noon will cover bank best practices on fossil fuel policies, and pull back the curtain on bank greenwashing. Plus, we’ll cover whatever you’re most interested to learn more about after part 1! By funding fossil fuel companies and projects, banks press the gas pedal on climate change. They fuel harm to communities sited near fossil fuel projects, as well as to communities that are already feeling the hurt from our warming climate. In recognition of our growing movement, many banks have taken steps away from coal or other fossil fuels — but we know they haven’t done nearly enough.


Fri Jul 31, 3pm – 4pm ET -Integrating Environmental Stewardship Principles into Power Procurement - California’s community choice energy providers are the main drivers of new clean energy procurement in California, having signed long-term power purchase agreements totaling more than 3,600 megawatts with new-build solar, wind, geothermal and energy storage facilities. As CCAs continue to rapidly secure the clean energy resources California needs to meet ambitious decarbonization and climate change goals, how do they ensure a power project delivers multiple benefits for air, water, and nature while avoiding impacts to environmentally sensitive lands and species? This webinar will focus on the steps Clean Power Alliance (CPA), California’s largest community choice energy provider, has taken to integrate environmental stewardship principles into its procurement process with the help of The Nature Conservancy. This will be of interest to Marylander's who supported Rep Lorig Charkoudian's 2020 bill for "Community Choice Energy (CCE)", the Maryland version of what California calls CCA.


Wed, August 5, 1 pm ET, The Green New Deal and Reparations -  Speakers: Congresswoman Barbara Lee, 350.org's Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, and Economic Justice Minister Sekinah Hamlin. The Green New Deal and reparations are two justice-oriented policy proposals that seek to fundamentally transform society. They have a number of compelling connections, but too often they are discussed separately. Please register even if you don't make it because those registered will be sent the recording afterwards.  Creation Justice webinar from Brooks Berndt <ecojustice@ucc.org> Register here.


Wed, Aug 5, 7-8:30 pm Climate Stimulus Campaign Kick-Off - Learn about CCAN’s new Climate Stimulus campaign and how you can be involved - We are in a crisis, and we need real leadership. We need to learn the lessons of COVID and listen to scientists before it’s too late. And we need immediate economic stimulus to respond to the huge job losses. Join our campaign kick-off to learn more about our plan for a “Climate Stimulus” in Maryland! Online! We will send you the zoom link when you RSVP here: https://act.chesapeakeclimate.org/page/20860/data/1 Facebook Event here.


Mon, Aug 31, 10 am to noon - Maryland Hearing on regulations to reduce vented and fugitive emissions of methane from both new and existing natural gas facilities.  See MDE announcement on their website here.  Join online: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/316465965   See regulations language here. 


Thurs, Oct 22 - Howard Community College Sustainabiltiy Day - This will be online this year and is in planning stage. For information and to have input contact Bob Marietta, HCC Sustainability Manager, rmarietta@howardcc.edu


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