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Tues, Aug 13, 9 am rally, hearing at 9:30 am   Support the State of Maryland's fight against Columbia Gas - Join the No Potomac Pipeline Coalition for a rally and press conference outside the federal court hearing for Maryland's "motion to dismiss" the Columbia Gas eminent domain lawsuit against Maryland. The Company is trying to take state land for a pipeline through Hancock MD in the C&O Canal area.  Location: Outside the Edward A. Garmatz United States Courthouse, 101 W Lombard St, Ste 4625, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.  See details on Facebook event:,  Sierra Club Event. legislators letter here and article here.  Email to meet at 7:45 am for a  carpool from Columbia  We are meeting at 7:45 am at the Long Gate Park and Ride off Route 100 near Rts 29&103    MD 100 @ Long Gate Parkway (Columbia)    See map picture  at

August 13, 2019, 10 -noon  Maryland Commission on Climate Change  Mitigation Working Group.  Agenda includes  Transportation Planning Overview and Transportation Sector GGRA.   Comments from the general public can be submitted to the Maryland Commission on Climate  Change at Attend in person at MD Dept  of the Environment, 1800 Baltimore Blvd, Baltimore Md.  If you need to call in that day, the number is:  Conference Number: (605) 475-4000, Access Code: 997763#

Wed August 14 - Application due by 8/14/19  for free State  of Maryland offers training for  Certified Climate Change Professionals. See requirements and sign up here. Requirements include 3 full weekends of training.  John Hopkins Univ. Sessions are  Sept 12-13, Nov 4-5 and Dec 16-17.   Professionals across occupations and leadership roles in the public/private sectors, higher education and the NGO community will benefit from this series.

Thurs, August 15, 7 pm HoCo Climate Action Advocacy meeting, Columbia. RSVP for location 

(If new to this meeting email first to meet for coffee with one of us so we can get to know your interests and fill you in on our current activities)

Thurs, August 15, 6-8 pm Green Drinks HoCo at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery US (Halethorpe, MD) 5001 Washington Blvd, Halethorpe, Maryland 21227 Join us once again at Howard County Green Drinks Happy Hour. For August we are doing something different, and joining Howard County Conservancy's event! Enjoy a summer night with friends at Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House. Enjoy locally crafted brews, classic stouts, and a fabulous program, too! Entomologists Mike Raupp and Paula Shrewsbury (University of Maryland Extension) will delight you with amazing stories about their favorite bugs and butterflies. Advanced registration encouraged - 410-465-8877 - the Howard County Conservancy. Check out the Green Drinks Facebook page.

Wed, August 21, 7-9 pm Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County (9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia). RSVP Here - Sold Out but join the waitlist.
Join HoCo Climate Action for a two-hour workshop, "Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown," presented by Lore Rosenthal, leader of Greenbelt Climate Action Network. Pachamama's Drawdown Project is a coalition of more than 200 researchers and other experts from 22 countries led by author, environmentalist, and entrepreneur Paul Hawken. Over the course of five years of scientific research, they identified and modeled the 100 most substantive, existing solutions for addressing global warming and concluded that it is possible to not only slow global warming but to reverse it by 2050. Read more about Drawdown. Vox interview hereRSVPs are recommended. Please be prompt as the workshop will take the full two hours. The workshop material is provided by the Pachamama Alliance and includes video clips of Paul Hawken. Flier here & Facebook event here.

Wed Aug 21 7 pm  - Register for new member orientation call for Shut Down DC - Sept 23 Global Climate Strike 2019.  Register for zoom call here:

Wed, August 28 from 7-9pm  First public meeting for  DC Shutdown - Global Climate Strike Sept 23  This meeting is for those who are not ongoing XRDC volunteers , but who want to help shut down the city.   LOCATION: 2111 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC.   You'll be able to join an affinity group, which will be your unit during the shut down - a team of comrades that takes care of each other during the action. Affinity groups will also have the ability to make decisions that affect the entire shutdown. This is a crucial way to get plugged in, so please try to make it to this meeting if you want to participate in the shutdown!

Mon, Sept 9, 6:30 pm - Hearing on OneEnergy's  BeeHoward Solar Community Solar installation at the George Howard Bldg, 3430 Court House Dr, Ellicott City, MD .  Come to support community solar options in Howard County. BA 19-009C OneEnergy Development, LLC. (12800 Old Frederick Road, Sykesville)

Sept 13- 15  Climate in the Pulpit - Resources are available from Interfaith Power and Light and the Chespeake Climate Action Network to help your faith community focus this week on climate! You are invited to participate in a way that best fits your community. This could include inviting a guest speaker, hosting a coffee hour discussion, or organizing a workshop. See

Sat Sept 14, 11 AM - Climate Emergency: Montgomery County Responds - December 2017, the Montgomery County Council declared a Climate Emergency and pledged to reduce the County’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2027 and by 100 percent by 2035. Meeting our climate goals will require radical changes in energy use, transportation, and consumption -- and tremendous effort from all residents and businesses. Attend to learn what progress the County has made so far and how you can be part of the solution.  We'll hear from environmental activist Danielle J. L. Meitiv and a panel of climate activists, and have an opportunity to sign up to work with local groups.  Cosponsors include Takoma Park Mobilization, Do The Most Good, The Climate Mobilization, 350 Montgomery County, Glen Echo Heights Mobilization, MoCo Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, Indivisible Environmental, Our Revolution in MoCo, Food&Water Watch, etc.

Register here.  Facebook here.

Sat Sept 14, 3 to 6 pm, National Drive Electric Car Week at Clarksville Commons

12250 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, Maryland 21029  One example of each electric vehicle model will be on the plaza, as well as local sustainability-minded businesses and non-profits. Facebook event here.

Sun-Tues, Sept 15-17 “Green New Deal” Advocacy Conference on Environmental Justice, Class and Race in DC at All Soul's Unitarian Church. Sponsored by  Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice. Info 

Friday, Sept. 20, to Friday, Sept 27 - Global Climate Week of Action. Local 350 groups will be creating events to support the youth climate strike movement, continuing from May 24 student strike day. Pledge to join student strikers now at  and contact the Howard County Sunrise movement  at  and (a local 350 group) to help plan September events.  (see 350 email here.)

Friday Sept 20 11am-2 pm Strike with Us DC - Meet in front of the White House and march to the Capitol -  In Washington, DC, thousands of people with join us to demand climate actions and local youth organizers from over a dozen organizations, including Fridays for Future, Zero Hour, OneMillionOfUs,, DC Youth Climate Strike, National Children’s Campaign, and Our Children’s Trust, will strike in solidarity with millions of people around the world to demand a safe and survivable future. Email for carpool to DC. In addition an Annapolis strike event 3 to 6 pm is being planned and we'll have carpools to that also. Details soon.

Monday Sept 23 all day - Shut Down DC - Global Climate Strike 2019 - Hosted by Extinction Rebellion DC, Rising Tide, 350 DC and others. Pledge to strike here. See  You will want to get plugged in with an affinity group before Sept 23rd,

  • First public meeting for this  DC Shutdown is Wed, August 28 from 7-9pm at 2111 Florida Ave NW.  Before Sept 23 you will want to connect an affinity group, which will be your unit during the shut down. 

Fri Oct 11 to Sun Oct 13 - Md Sierra Club Jamboree at Shepherds Spring Retreat Center, 16869 Taylors Landing Rd, Sharpsburg, MD Info and sign up here.

SAVE THE DATE - Sat Oct 12 - Second Hands Across the Potomac. Protest against the Potomac Pipeline and saving the iconic C&O Canal. Details soon but may be again in coordination with the MD Sierra Club Jamboree.

Wed October 23  Howard Community College Sustainability Day  10-7 - SAVE THE DATE!