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VARIOUS DATES IN JUNE - The  Columbia Association's Climate Change & Sustainability Committee  is giving presentations at  Columbia local village board meetings. Some presentations already took place in May, but if you live in Columbia and are in one of the following villages, plan to attend your local board meeting for a brief presentation on climate change & sustainability. 
June 3 - 6:30 p.m. Wilde Lake at  Slayton House 
June 4 - 7:00 p.m. Harper's Choice at Kahler Hall 
June 4 - 7:00 p.m.  Owen Brown in the Elkhorn Rm   of the Owen Brown Community Center
June 12 - 7:00 p.m. Dorsey's Search-Linden Hall

Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Music and Art for the Climate at Piney Branch Elementary, 7510 Maple Ave, Takoma Park.  To address the root causes of the climate crisis,  we have to tackle  environmental justice issues in our community.  In line with that conviction,  350MoCo is working to build a diverse, multi-cultural coalition of groups across the County, that can join forces on climate and environmental issues.  Our June 8 event is a fun first step towards building the diverse community we need, in order to be able to work together.  

Tues June 11 6:30 County Executive Calvin Ball Town Hall at Oakland Mills High School Auditorium 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd Columbia MD. Bring your questions about what Howard County is doing and can do about the climate crisis. Register here.

Tues, June 11, 7-8 pm -  Columbia Solar Cooperative information Session.  Save approximately 20% off the cost of solar panels for your home and enjoy the many benefits of going solar, including lower electricity bills and increased property value. Info and registration here   Location: Linden Hall, 4765 Dorsey Hall Dr, Ellicott City, MD  Sponsored by the Columbia Association and Civic Works/Retrofit Baltimore. Flier here.

Sat June 15 1 pm,  HoCo Sunrise Movement Meeting at the Central Library. #HoCoSunris

Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 pm -  Less Plastics Please presentation at Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042 

Thurs June 20, Maryland Commission on  Climate Change - Full Meeting - Calendar event here.  Call-in Number: 605-475-4000  Access Code: 997763# 

Thu June 20, 5:30 PM ·Howard County Green Drinks at The Ale House,  6480 Dobbin Center Way, Columbia MD

Wed June 26, 10-4, Open Meeting of Maryland Climate Coalition. With the sunsetting of our sole funder, the Town Creek Foundation, the Coalition is now at a critical juncture...We also know that it's time to begin a fresh conversation about how we function, what priorities we pursue, and who the “we” is... We are opening up the meeting to anyone who is interested in attending. Registration required here. Full invitation here. Lunch is provided. Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD

Wed/Thurs June 26/27  8:15 - 11pm  HoCo Sunrise Movement Debate Watch Party Grotto Pizza, 7075 Minstrel Way, Columbia MD,  All you can eat pizza, $5 for students, $10 for Adults

On June 26, presidential candidates will face off for the first time in Miami, Florida. Some presidential candidates have been racing to back the Green New Deal, the first plan to treat climate change like the emergency it is. But others have doubled down on the same corporate-driven policies that have failed for decades. We will come together around the country by the thousands to unleash a social media storm and relentlessly demand the solutions we need. All events here. June June 26 Columbia event sign up here, June 27 Columbia Event sign up here. Host contact

Fri June 28 10 AM, MDE Stakeholder Meeting on Methane Emissions from Gas Compressor Stations. At the Maryland Department of the Environment, MDE Lobby, Aqua and Terra Conference Room, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230 A call in number will also be made available and meeting materials will be distributed prior to the meeting. Register with or 410-537-3866. Preliminary draft here.

Sun June 30 2-4 pm Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown.  Lore Rosenthal of Greenbelt Climate Action presents  a workshop developed  by the Pachamama Alliance that includes video clips of Paul Hawken, author the the book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Sponsored by 350 Baltimore.  Location:  First and St. Stephen's United Church of Christ, 6915 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212.

Sat, July 13  2-5 How to Write Op-Eds Summer Edition (class #1993) Class at Politics & Prose bookstore in DC  Numerous daily newspapers want to hear from YOU about the climate crisis. OP ED pages across the country want to hear from “John or Joan Q. Public” daily. Many climate groups have pointers on writing letters to the editor or OP EDs, but for a professional orientation consider paying for this class. Taught by an OP ED editor, you’ll learn the proper structure of an OP ED, how to persuasively make your point and knock down opposing arguments (politely); what editors look for and what red flags to avoid. You’ll learn how to figure out which newspaper is most likely to print your view, where/how and whom to contact to send your OP ED and the format in which to submit it. This comprehensive class has helped previous class members get published. Sign up quickly--this class sells out fast. This class is being repeated for the third time due to popular demand.

$70 (10% off for members)

Tues July 16 , 10 AM, Md Climate Commission's Mitigation Working Group Meeting (postponed from Tues June 18)A light breakfast will be provided at 9:30 AM, followed by the full meeting at 10:00 AM. Materials will be posted closer to that date at under Meeting Archives. At Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD or call in Conference Number: (605) 475-4000 Access Code: 997763#

Tues July 16, 7 pm HoCo Climate Action Advocacy meeting, Columbia. RSVP for location  Postponed from June.  (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)

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.)