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Fri, Jan 31,  12:30 Rally,  1-4pm – Central Maryland, MDE Headquarters, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230  Aeris, Aqua, and Terra conference rooms Optional MDE registration here.  Advocacy Facebook pages on 12:30 rally and the hearing "Pack the Room and tell MDE Draft Climate Plan is Weak"  here and here.

 MDE WEBINARS on GGRA on 3 Wednesdays  (links to register here)
Wed. Jan 29, 2020, 11:30 - 1:30 pm
Wed. Feb 12, 2020, noon to 2 pm
Wed  March 4, 2020, 12:30 to 2:30 pm 

Past Hearings
Tues, Dec 3, 6-8:30p, – Eastern Maryland, Chesapeake College, Queenstown, MD - 2 attended
Tues, Dec 17,  6-8:30 pm   – Central Maryland, MDE Headquarters,  Baltimore, MD  About 12 attended - this was the same night as Indivisible/MoveOn Impeachment rallies nationwide 
Fri. Jan 10, 5 to 7 pm.  Western Maryland,Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD,(NOTE: from 4 to 5 there was an impressive Climate Science Teach-In)   70 attended . See teachin video here.
Tues, Jan 14, 2020, 6-8:30 pm  –La Plata in  Southern Maryland,La Plata  about 12 attended 

Sat, Jan 18 noon - PSC Hearing on Renewable Offshore Wind on the Eastern Shore Location: Roland E. Powell Convention Center also known as Ocean City Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD 21842 Rooms 215, 216 and 217  - Maryland’s Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing Saturday, January 18th that will help shape the future of renewable offshore wind energy in Maryland. Supporters of clean energy are encouraged to save the date – Saturday, January 18th, 2020 – and plan to speak briefly in support of offshore wind at the commission’s hearing. Sign up with the Business Network for Offshore Wind here.   More info herePSC Hearing announcement hereArticle here.

Wed Jan 22, 7 pm  - Briefing on Maryland Sierra Club top  5 legislative Priorities - Speakers Mark Posner, MD Sierra Club legislative chair, Martha Ainsworth, Md Sierra Club Zero Waste Committee, Ruth Alice White, HoCoSierra Club Energy Lead. Sponsored by HoCo Sierra Club at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia MD 21045 

Thurs, Jan  23,  5:30 PM  Howard County Green Drinks at the  Hysteria Brewing Company, 9570 Berger Rd Suite J, Columbia, MD.  Facebook event


Sat Jan 25  10-2  CCAN Polar Bear PlungeThe BEST climate celebration of the year

National Harbor (via  GPS-141 National Harbor Boulevard, Oxon Hill, MD 20745)  Info and signup here.

Sun Jan 26, 4-5:30 pm Baltimore Green Forum - Economics for the Future focusing on the work of Prof. Nate Hagen of the PostCarbon Institute  with a focus on Community Resilience, The Energy Transition and Limits to Growth  and with the insight that the ecological/economic crisis is not an abstract conflict, but one rooted in human/community psychology.  What can we learn about ourselves and our species?  Discussions based on a model developed by the "Ecosystems Study Group" at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda.  Location:  Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD Info here.


Wed, Jan 29, 2020  4- 6 PM  2020 Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit

Come to Annapolis for the annual Environmental Summit, sponsored by the coalition of Maryland environmental groups known as CCE (Citizens Campaign for the Environment).  There will be presentations by both environmental advocates and leading members of the General Assembly.  Location:  Miller Senate Office Building 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, Maryland     Bring a picture ID to enter the building.

Sun, Feb 2  1:45-4pm  The New Deal and Green New Deal: Lessons and Projections at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD     Info here  Flyer here

Fri, Feb 12-1 PM  Framing and Storytelling Webinar: how to use framing, storytelling, and value-based communication when talking about environmental issues with legislators, friends, family, climate-change doubters, and others. Signup Instructions: Join via  Zoom Meeting - ID: 444 523 938  Password: 247435

One tap mobile+16468769923,,444523938# US (New York)  Info here.

Thurs Feb  13, 7 pm    Moving from Moments to a Movement:’s Plans for the Decade  with Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, North America Director,   The climate movement is taking on polluters and their enablers at the highest levels of government to divert investments in dirty fossil fuels to care and repair of communities. This discussion will chart the history of climate action and its necessary reintegration in the larger social justice movement. Register here

Mon Feb 17 - Maryland Climate Lobby Night 2020 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 87 West St, Annapolis, Md.  The best way to tackle climate change is fighting for large scale solutions that match the large scale of the problem. We need to put Maryland on a path to carbon neutrality and put an end to unjust dirty energy practices. Join us for a Climate Lobby Night to advocate for three bills that make will make truly impactful systemic change.   These bills will:

- put Maryland on a path to net zero by 2045 and take several immediate actions

- create a climate test for power plant permits in our state

- end incentives for trash incineration in our renewable energy requirement

We will convene at the church and then we will  head over to the General Assembly office buildings for meetings with legislators   Signup here.

Thurs, Feb 27 5:30 One Montgomery Green Drinks with legislative briefing by Sierra Club leaders: Mark Posner Legislative Chair and Shruti Bhatnagar Chair, MoCo Group location: Hollywood East Cafe, 11160 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, Maryland Eventbrite sign up here.

Mon Feb 24, 4-8 pm Sierra Club Lobby Night  - Join hundreds of climate activists to lobby Delegates and Senator in Annapolis to pass Sierra Club priority bills.  The 2020 MD Sierra Club legislative agenda aims for concrete, significant actions to mitigate the climate crisis and reduce plastic pollution. Personally lobbying your elected officials is one of the most powerful actions you can take to make positive changes for our environment! Location:  Miller Senate Office Building,  East Room -- 11 Bladen St, Annapolis MD  Register here.