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Tues, Oct 1, noon to 1pm, Climate Change: Already in Your Neighborhood.  Dr. Sara Via, Professor & Climate Extension Specialist, UMD. Sarah will answer your questions about climate change using  plain language to make the science easy and interesting. The major impacts on weather, food, water, and human health will also be discussed, along with solutions we can already put into action. There will be plenty of time for additional questions and group discussion.
Please contact Dr. Via for more details: Location:   Howard Community College, 100 Duncan Hall, Columbia, MD 21044

Sun  Oct 6, 1-4,  Environmental Legislative Summit in Chestertown, MD (about 1 1/2 hrs east)  Join the Maryland Legislative Coalition, the Maryland Sierra Club and the Earth Coalition  for an afternoon of discovery about the issues that face Maryland,  what steps have been taken, and what obstacles we must overcome to defeat the existential crisis of Climate Change and other pressing environmental issues.  There will be speakers from the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Riverkeepers, as well as some prominent legislative environmental activists such as Delegate Fraser-Hidalgo and Delegate Sein. Tickets 

Mon Oct 7, 7;30  pm  Fracked Gas Infrastructure Activist Call Join a MD Sierra Club webinar to learn about the work we are doing to oppose fracked gas infrastructure in MD! Hear updates on the Potomac Pipeline, Hands Across the Potomac, Rockwool, and more! We'll talk about a few projects we're opposing as well as how to get involved in our work moving forward.   Join Zoom Meeting:  or call +16468769923,,688401777#    Meeting ID: 688 401 777  Register here    

Wed Oct 9, 7 pm Letters and Lattie with the HoCo Sierra Club at Panera's, 6435 Dobbin Rd, Columbia, MD -  This is an opportunity to write our local officials to support clean energy projects. Local community solar is under attack.  Come out and make a difference!

Thurs Oct 10 pm, Climate change Ideas Meeting at Food court tables, Whole Foods, Columbia.

Fri Oct  11, 10am  MDE Meeting with Gas Stakeholders at MDE, 1800 Washington Blvd, Baltimore MD.  Email to get advance copy of agenda. Agendas, handouts and videos of past meetings here.  This  is part 2 of a two meetings on Maryland regulations on methane emissions for MD fracked gas compressor stations.  Part 1 covered some fairly technical draft regulations, but this meeting will cover more controversial proposals re: what some advocates terms "self-regulation" agreements re: Industry monitoring/reporting and community involvement. Agenda Discussion Draft Regulation 26.11.41​

Fri Oct 11, 11:15 am Say NO to Hogan’s Fracked Gas Plans at MEA Meeting in Cumberland or send comments!  In approving the AltaGas merger in 2018, the Hogan administration got $30.3 million for a fund to expand fracked gas infrastructure in Maryland.  SB52 requires the state to hold 4 meetings in 2019 to get public comment. This is the first of the 4 meetings.  When we banned fracking in MD, we also committed to fight the extension of fracked gas infrastructure  in MD and to push Maryland toward  clean & renewable energy.  But Hogan is committed to the opposite.  Register your protest in person or via comment here.  And join us at one of the 3 remaining meetings as they are announced.  Facebook event for Cumberland meeting here.

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.

Sunday, Oct. 13 -noon to 2 pm Second Hands Across the Potomac. Protest against the Potomac Pipeline and saving the iconic C&O Canal. Meet at Shepherd University, 301 N King St, Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  After a rally, we we will march together to the James Rumsey Bridge (a 5 minute walk) which sits over the Potomac River. See details  Sierra Club RSVP here.

Thursday, Oct. 17, 5:30-7:30 pm - HoCo Green Drinks at Sapwood Cellars, 8980 Rte 108, Suite MNO, Columbia MD Facebok event here.

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m., Earth Forum of HoCo -  First Presbyterian Church of Howard County.  High school and college students and recent graduates won't want to miss this opportunity to hear representatives of environmental companies and organizations discuss federal employment, environmental licensing, and certification, and trends in environmental employment. Details.  

Monday, Oct 21  Attend/Testify at Hearing on 2 Bills for a Solar Moratorium in Howard County at the Banneker Room, George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City Md.
The bills are  CB55 & resolution - CR133.   Contact the County Council to oppose these bills and if possible come to attend to show support for opposition and or to testify. Please send comments and plans to attend to to help us coordinate our response.  Thanks.  Some details/background here.

Thursday, Oct. 24, Howard Community College Sustainability Day  10 a.m. -7 p.m. - SAVE THE DATE!  Plan to table with us 10-3 pm (email 
Drawdown Presentation with Lore Rosenthal at 6 -8 pm;  info and registration here.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 - 8:30 p.m., 24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action: Join the Global Climate Conversation, East Columbia Library For 24 hours, Climate Reality leaders around the world will tell the truth about our shared global threat – and what we can do about it. Climate Reality-trained Ashley Woodward will lead a discussion in Howard County.