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Mon-Wed Feb 22 -25  Rally and Lobby Nights for Climate Solutions Now!  

Online Rally and Kickoff  Mon Feb 22 at 5-6 pm  Lobby meetings with key legislators  over 3 days.   Register here.  Rally for Climate Facebook event.  Join the Climate Solutions Now coalition and organizations across Maryland for a Climate Action Week. . The top-priority Climate Solutions Now bill would require the state to cut its emissions by 60% by 2030; reach net zero emissions by 2045; invest in frontline communities, and create jobs. Read this op-ed about this legislation. 


Mon Feb 22, 7 pm  Montgomery County's Draft Climate Action Plan with League of Women Voters and CCAN.   Register for zoom here.

Panelists:

Adriana Hochberg - Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, Montgomery County

Wendy Howard – Executive Director, One Montgomery Green

Mike Tidwell – Executive Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Montgomery County just released a draft Climate Action Plan coordinated by Ms. Hochberg. She will explain the climate actions outlined in the plan. Ms. Howard will review the plan through the lens of racial equity and social justice. Mr. Tidwell will look at the plan from a regional perspective.


Wed  Feb 24 1-2pm  -  Path to 100%: A Webinar on the Policy, Politics, Economics, Climate Science, Jobs, and Justice Behind Biden's Plan for 100% Clean Electricity by 2035  Can we really power our grid by 2035 without coal and oil and gas? The answer is a resounding YES, according to experts. But we have to hurry. Our political window to pass legislation this year is very narrow and the Earth itself is running out of time. Join this webinar and hear from leading voices on how we can pass a 100% clean energy bill THIS YEAR. With climate author Michael Mann, a Sunrise Movement leader and others.  Info and register here.


Wed, Feb 24,  2-3pm Right to Repair Overview for Policymakers and Government Officials  Governments In the United States, Australia, and Europe are considering passing laws that would make digital electronic products of all kinds easier to repair and recycle. In the US, legislators across the country are considering adopting Right to Repair laws that would require manufacturers to provide access to replacement parts, tools, and service information to independent repair providers, device owners, and recyclers. This webinar will explore the rationale behind the Right to Repair movement and how, if successful, Right to Repair can reduce electronic waste, lessen the strain on our natural resources, and strengthen local economies. Speakers will discuss what the various Right to Repair proposals cover and how they could benefit recyclers, repair shops, and consumers alike. 

Note: See HB0084/SB0412 Consumer Protection - Right to Repair, a bill in the Maryland Legislature spring 2021.

Register here.


Wed, Feb 24. 7-8 pm   Howard County Solar Town Hall - Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is holding an information session about the solar projects planned through its Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with KDC Solar, Inc. This project will build enough solar power to provide 30% of the electricity used by County government operations and projected to provide a total anticipated cost benefit of $1.2 million over the 25-year contract.Register here.


Wed Feb 24 7-9pm  Divestment Town Hall with financial expert, Tom Sanzillo, who will share his experience with New York's divestment in his role as former state comptroller.  The landscape of fossil fuel divestment has changed a great deal since 2016. This town hall will explain the significant recent developments in the world of fossil fuel divestment.  Presented by MoCo 350. Register here.  


Thurs Feb 25, 11 am  Exploring Farming and Solar Synergies in Maryland - Come and learn about a new report released by Dr. Arjun Makhijani of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER).  This new report explores the synergies between farming and solar with the premise that agricultural production on farmland should be maintained and farm profitability and soil health should be increased. Instead of focusing on solar siting, this report explores whether a strong case can be made from a public policy point of view for developing solar so that it helps to preserve and improve farmland and the ecosystem in which it is located while enabling the achievement of both energy system and food system goals. Sponsored by IEERAmerican Solar Grazing Association, and Solar United Neighbors. Register here.


Thurs, Feb 25, noon  350.org Digital Rally: Tell Biden People Power Not Pipelines.  Dakota Access Pipeline activists and Indigenous leaders (from Honor the Earth, Indigenous Environmental Network,  the Labor Network for Sustainability, the Giniw Collective and more) and what’s currently happening with Line 3 and DAPL and the ways you can show your support.  Register here.


Feb 25 12:30 - 1 p.m. Take Action: Voices for Transit Video -  Following the hearings in the House and the Senate, it's critical that we continue to build momentum towards getting the Transit Safety and Investment Act passed. We'd like to make sure the General Assembly connects the importance of this issue to the everyday faces of riders, workers, and citizens who are impacted by MTA's underfunding.  Bring a sign, a piece of paper, and/or a quick statement to show support! We'll take pictures and video clips of everyone gathering (virtually) to support the bill and collect statements for a video to be shared on social media & sent to legislators prior to the key votes in Maryland's General Assembly. RSVP


Wed March 3, 7   HoCoClimateAction Advocacy Meeting - email hococlimateaction@gmail.com for signup info. 


5 Saturdays  March 6, March 20, April 10, May 15,  May 22  - each time 2-3:30 pm -  Skilling Up for Climate Action with 350.org. The training is free and is for new and experienced volunteers. HoCoClimateAction is a local 350 group.  Topics include:   Climate Justice: Principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Strategic Messaging and Storytelling; Organizing and Movement Building; and Policy Advocacy. Promo toolkit  Flyer here.   Register here.


Thurs, Mar 11 7 pm  HoCo Environmental Sustainability Board Meetings - Info here

Agenda tbd.


Tues March 16, 10-noon -  MCCC Mitigation Working Group (MWG) Meeting. Maryland has finally issued the report Maryland's 2030 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act Plan due Dec 2019 (available here.) The MWG will continue to address issues including greenhouse gas reductions for buildings and transportation. Find agenda and meeting info for the upcoming meeting shortly before the meeting here. The February meeting covered:


Thur March 18, 5:30- 7 pm   HoCo Green Drinks - Please email info@safeskiesmaryland.org  for Zoom link


Sat April 10 -  Greenfest at Howard Community College Mostly Virtual via zoom. A few events physically on campus - rain barrels, and shredding, tree giveaway and native plants.  Registration TDB.


April 22  - Earth Day 

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