Past actions and victories
Highlighted Past Actions and Victories
Clean Energy Job Act of 2019
1 1/2 minute video
Indoor and outdoor activities included:
Tables by local environmental groups
Short movie clips
Electric cars from local dealers and proud residents
Mini talks on climate solutions, including clean power for the grid, for transportation and more
Fun with a kids table
Pictures from event here
Baltimore Sun's photo gallery here
Fracking Ban of 2017
More than 1,000 people marched in Annapolis on March 2, 2017, to call for a ban on fracking.
Gov. Larry Hogan signed the fracking ban bill on April 4, 2017.
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.
Fracking Town Hall in Howard County on Jan. 13, 2012
Host by HoCo Climate Action
2014: People Climate March
We were 400,000 strong in New York City, showing the world that a huge and unified movement wants swift action on climate change. Much has been written about the event and its significance. The largest march ever for climate action came days before the U.N. climate talks to let world leaders know how urgently the public is calling for solutions to climate disruption.
The Peoples Climate Movement grew out of the historic NYC Peoples Climate March in September 2014. Under the banner of To Change Everything, It Takes Everyone, the march was the largest and most diverse climate mobilization on record.
Sierra Club sponsored eight low-cost buses from across Maryland, and we coordinated the bus leaving from Columbia. See many photos, videos and articles here.
Offshore Wind Act of 2013
After three years of rallying and lobbying by thousands of activists, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 on March 8. Gov. Martin O'Malley signed it into law on April 8, 2013.
The bill will incentivize development of more than 200 megawatts of wind power 10 miles off the coast of Ocean City. It creates a “carve-out” for energy derived from offshore wind in the state renewable portfolio standard (RPS), beginning in 2017 and extending beyond 2022.
Howard County Plastic Bills
Plastic Bag Fee of 2019 & Plastic Reduction Act of 2021