Movement for Black Lives
M4BL

As an affiliate of 350.org, HoCo Climate Action stands with 350 and its statement on the police torture and killing of George Floyd, which says in part:  

“The work of addressing white supremacy is critical to building a climate movement rooted in justice. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲, 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗰 𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗺 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘃𝗶𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀. Building a movement rooted in the needs of those most oppressed is the only way we can achieve liberation for all. "

HoCo Climate Action also stands with the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) and its week of action. We have signed a statement that says, in part:

“As organizations striving for climate justice and environmental protection, we cannot be silent in the face of the police murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless others. This moment has laid bare the long and shameful history of institutional and systemic racism against Black and Brown people in this country. We demand action. We stand in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) and endorse the following demands and the M4BL week of action.
We will advocate for these demands, and we will engage our supporters, members, and allies to take action to confront the police violence, inequality, and racism plaguing this country.”

We will advocate for these demands, and we will engage our supporters, members, and allies to take action to confront the police violence, inequality, and racism plaguing this country.”

 Information about the week of action is here.   Se also 350's page, What we must do to dismantle white supremacy


We're starting a zoom series 
First event in a series
HoCo Zoom panel discussion
on "The Story of Plastic"
Wednesday, June 24, 7 p.m

HoCo Climate Action is very excited to have received a grant from Food & Water Watch to organize a series of online events related to banning fracking and shifting to renewable energy. Our first event is a zoom discussion about "The Story of Plastic," a powerful documentary about plastic pollution and its connection to fracking and the climate crisis. The film reveals the ongoing catastrophe: mountains of plastic trash, towns overflowing with plastic debris, rivers and seas clogged with waste, and skies choked with the toxic emissions from plastic production. We can't recycle our way out of this crisis, but solutions are out there.
This is a free event, but slots are limited. Please register here and then stay tuned for link to the movie and list of panelists. 
Once we provide the link, watch the film beforehand and then join our panel discussion. Watch trailer. More opportunities for viewing and panel discussions on our events page.

Stay home, stay safe and stay well.  But keep ACTING ON CLIMATE. 


2020 General Assembly session cut short
The Maryland General Assembly session ended on March 16, nearly three weeks early, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Regrettably, none of our top bills passed. Maryland Sierra Club's summary of the session is here and the Maryland Clean Energy Center comprehensive assessment is here. Stay safe and stay well. 
 

Plastic bag fee in Howard County 


Howard County Council passes 5-cent fee on plastic bags(CB64)
News coverage here
Big congratulations to our friends and allies at Less Plastic Please.
 The tax would not apply to paper bags, plastic bags used for bulk vegetables or produce, dry cleaning, newspapers or prescription drugs.The law would be intended to reduce the use of single-use plastic, as most ends up in a landfill now that China no longer buys our plastic for recycling -- and soon Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia won't either. See Baltimore Sun article about the bill.   
  


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Sunrise Movement
#GreenNewDeal
 YouCAN/HoCo Sunrise Hub

YouCAN Weekly Zoom Calls
Saturdays

Details
 Join these weekly Zoom calls and get ready for action.  

ALSO: Green New Deal forums are a way for Sunrise hubs to attract membership and connect with others in the community. Sign up to participate in a three-part online training to learn how to do this work.
Our path to victory is uniting communities to strengthen the people power we need to make the #GreenNewDeal happen.  Check out the zoom call that launched the #GreenNewDeal. In addition, Bill McKibben, Naomi Oreskes, and Daniel Schrag discuss the Green New Deal
More on the #GreenNewDeal here and hereSign this petition for climate leadership in Congress here.


 
 More than 1,000 people marched in Annapolis on March 2, 2017 to call for a ban on fracking. 
// photo by Nadine Grabania of CitizenShale

Gov. Larry Hogan signed the fracking ban bill on April 4, 2017. 
Maryland is officially FRACK-FREE Forever. 
The week after our HUGE march and rally in Annapolis, the House of Delegates passed its BAN FRACKING bill on a 97-40 bipartisan vote. Abundant thanks to our delegates in Howard County: Terri Hill, Eric Ebersole and Clarence Lam of District 12; Vanessa Atterbeary, Shane Pendergrass and Frank Turner of District 13; and Robert Flanagan of District 9B. News coverage of the vote here, here, here and here -- and of a Western Maryland delegate's conflict of interest here.
Then on March 16, 2017 13 activists, including faith leaders and Western Marylanders, were arrested at the State House calling for the Senate to pass the ban. 

               

[Fractivists arrested at the State House, including a member of HoCo Climate Action (left).]

The day after, the governor threw his support to the ban, leading the way for the Senate to also pass the ban, including with the support of Howard County's Sens. Guy Guzzone of District 13 and Ed Kasemeyer of District 12. (Sen. Gail Bates of District 9 had numerous discussions with her constituents about fracking, but she voted NO on the ban.)
The anti-fracking movement across the country has been watching Maryland. Passing a fracking ban here is a huge victory for our movement and sends a message to the president and the fossil fuel industry that we won’t let them poison our communities and destroy our climate. Now we can shift our our efforts to energy efficiency (the real "bridge fuel"), renewable energy and climate and environmental justice. 
THANKS TO ALL FOR THE HARD WORK OVER MANY YEARS ON THIS EFFORT. 

 

WHAT IS HO CO CLIMATE ACTION? 
 
HoCo Climate Action  (formerly HoCo Climate Change and Climate Change Initiative of Howard County) is an all-volunteer group of Howard County citizens working to reduce Howard County's carbon footprint and to promote a clean energy future. We can't do it alone. We need your help. Explore our website to learn ways you can get involved, through discussion circles, advocacy, local events, and more. As the historian Howard Zinn said, "Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world."  We are a local 350.org group.

PLEASE join our E-News list to get emails about our activities and area climate action. Our website isn't as current as our Facebook page and our e-newslettersFill out mail form here or email us at: hococlimateaction@gmail.com to get our e-newsletter. (You can expect emails about twice a month).    
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Download our recently updated brochure here.
 What Can You Do?

There are many ways to get involved.   

You can reduce your carbon footprint by 8.5 METRIC TONS per year in less than 15 minutes, by signing up for clean wind energy now. 

Check out energy savings from your utility -   BGE  here; Pepco here or Potomac Edi­son here
Discussion circles meet to read articles on climate change and discuss the information.  These discussion circles are an excellent way to meet other people in the community who are interested in climate change. 
We also need volunteers to help with numerous activities including

·         Starting new discussion groups

·         Facilitating discussion groups

·         Updating the HoCo Climate Action web site

·         Writing/editing announcements

·         Writing articles for the web site and blogs

·         Advocating for climate change solutions

Climate change is happening faster than we all anticipated.

The time to act is now.

 

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