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Sunday, March 10 Earth Forum in Columbia MD, 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.  Location: First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia, MD 

Tues, March 12, 10am,  Mitigation Working Group of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change.  This is a public meeting at the Maryland Department of the Environment lst floor office, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore Md  or optional call in at: 641-552-3594   Access Code: 682590#.  See here and here.  Focus will be areas from the 2019 work plan.  See pages 7 to 10 of 10 page draft work plan here.    Specific agenda to be posted soon. 

Sat, March 16, 2-4 pm.  Strategies and Stories from the German Climate Justice Movement at The Undercroft, 2629 Huntingdon Ave, Baltimore, MD.

As climate justice activists and organizers, how do we mobilize the numbers needed to truly stop the fossil fuel industry, topple the systems that let it run amuck, and create truly decentralized and democratized energy systems?  To answer this question, we’re excited to announce that Rising Tide North America is going on a U.S. tour with radical climate justice group Ende Gelände to share stories from Germany’s wildly successful mass mobilizations. Within the German climate justice movement, hundreds of local groups, NGOs, and individuals work together through alliances and networks, and large gatherings such as climate camps and action conferences. Come to hear more about their strategies and successes.

NOTE: This event is part of a larger tour happening across the so-called US.  

Monday, March 18 - HoCo Climate Action Advocacy meeting, Columbia. RSVP for location

March 19,  6:30 pm  Webinar "Pipelines & NEPA: The Environmental Review Process, How Companies Circumvent it, & How to Fight Back" by Delaware Riverkeeper Network.  Info and signup:  Learn about the environmental analysis mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and some of the ways that FERC and pipeline companies attempt to side step this requirement and minimize the appearance of a pipeline’s impacts—by illegally breaking projects into smaller parts (known as segmentation), or by otherwise limiting the scope of the review. Learn what you can do to identify and fight back against this in your community.

Wed, March 20, 5:30 pm - Howard County Green Drinks at Hysteria Brewing Company, 9570 Berger Rd Suite J, Columbia, MD.  Come to  network, green-out, and catch up on the latest happenings.

Sun March 24  Less Plastics Please Columbia Meeting  Noon, BB&T Building, First Floor., 10500 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044 Prepare for Senate Hearing on HB1166 in Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee Tues, March 25 at 1 pm.

Mon March 25, 7pm Howard County Water and Transportation Committee of the HoCo Sierra Club meeting in Columbia MD. Info and sign up here.

Wed, March 27, 79 p.m. Climate Change 101: What Does It Mean to Me? Townhall Discussion at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Annapolis. Expert speakers will explain the accelerated pace of Climate Change in simple language, address the topics of adaptation and resiliency, answer questions, and engage in a two-way discussion with the audience. The goal is to inform and leave attendees with optimism about steps they can take at home and at work to mitigate the impact of Climate Change on themselves, their families and their communities. Presented by Annapolis Green, hosted by the Annapolis Maritime Museum, with support from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis, and the City of Annapolis. Facebook event here  This is the first of a series of talks. See list here.

Thurs, March 28, noon-2pm Resist Rockwool: Rally & Moral Action at he Danish Embassy at the Embassy of Denmark in the United States, 3200 Whitehaven St NW, Washington, DC. This group  will issue a public letter to the Danish ambassador calling on Denmark's government to help us stop Rockwool, a Danish corporation, from building their harmful factory in Jefferson County. On Thursday, March 28th we will go to the Danish embassy for a peaceful protest. Buses of our No Potomac Pipeline allies are coming from W.Va. The proposed W.Va Rockwool factory is the projected destination for fracked gas via the proposed MD Potomac Pipeline.

Thurs March 28, 8:30 - 9:30am - Putting a Price on Carbon, with Sen. Van Hollen and Rep. Beyer in DC at 1400 16th St. NW. Unpacking elements of the proposed cap and dividend legislation and the landscape for a carbon tax policy. Details Here

Sun, March 31 2-4, Twitter for Social Activism by MoCo Women's Democratic Club

Eventbrite registration here. Location Rockville Library, 21 Maryland Ave, Rockville. Learn to use Twitter for good with safety and confidence. Will cover:

Understanding privacy settings and account security Setting up an account that protects your anonymity All about posting, commenting, and "liking" including understanding what is private and what is public. Finding and supporting accounts that are catalysts for change All about composing and posting Tweets including #hashtags, mentioning other accounts

April 1, 7-9 pm New Pollution Proposed for Retired Baltimore Power Plan - Public Hearing on Conversion of closed Crane Coal to Gas Peaker Plant Location: Bowleys Quarters Improvement Association, 1124 Bowleys Quarters Road, Baltimore MD 21229  Info here.  Environmental Action Center is representing intervenors: the Gunpowder Riverkeeper, Blue Water Baltimore, and the Essex-Middle River Civic Council. There are concerns about impacts on water quality and air quality. The hearing is for public comments. Written comments may also be submitted by April 4, 2019 to: Terry J. Romine, Executive Secretary, Maryland Public Service Commission, 6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202

Flier here. Sierra Club Event here.

Mon April 22, 7 pm HoCoClimateAction Advocacy meeting rsvp for address and agenda.

Thurs, April 25, Green New Deal Townhall by the Sunrise Movement, University of Maryland, College Park MD, Room TDB. Register here.

Sat April 27, 1-4pm, Earth Day Tabling at Clarksville Commons. A variety of local groups will have tables and info.

April 27, 9-3, Scientific Symposium on Air Quality and Health at the Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry-Charles Town, 28 William L. Wilson Fwy, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. This event brings together some of the nation's leading experts in air pollution and health with a special emphasis on children’s health and development. It is free but registration is required - email and here.

Sat May 11, 8 AM-7:30 PM 5th University of Maryland Environmental Justice and Health Disparities Symposium   Location: The Stamp (Adele H. Stamp Student Union), 3972 Campus Dr, College Park, Maryland  Join us on Saturday, May 11 for a day of discussions and workshop sessions focused on environmental justice and health disparities throughout the region and beyond. Agenda here Register here:

May 31, 7 pm  The Sunrise Movement's  Green New Deal Tour Final Stop in DC   Location TDB.  Join us at the final stop of the Road to a Green New Deal Tour to hear leaders in our community share about how the Green New Deal is the biggest opportunity of our lifetime to invest in the American people, and what that looks like for us.  See tour overview and all stops here.

Tuesday, June 4  HoCo Climate Action Fundraiser at Tino's Italian Bistro