HoCo Climate Action and Advocacy
Saturday, Dec. 4, Noon ET - Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives Celebration Space, with an opportunity to interact, learn from each other, and celebrate strengths. Register here.
Tuesday, Dec 7, 2pm - 2021: Accelerating the Clean Energy Transition in this Decisive Decade – Reasons to Be Hopeful. The world continued to face unprecedented challenges this past year—the global COVID19 pandemic continued to wreak havoc, this summer’s UNFCCC report forecasted dire news of climate impacts on our planet. All this can feel hopeless. At RMI, we are leading with HOPE and SOLUTIONS to dramatically accelerate the clean energy transition in this decade. We’re very fortunate to have talented, young leaders throughout our programs spearheading the change required. Their passion, relentlessness, and innovative thinking give us hope that we can right the course toward a climate-aligned pathway by 2030, with global programs driving toward a 1.5°C future. During this discussion, RMI CEO Jules Kortenhorst will be sitting down with three emerging leaders at RMI who are leading key initiatives to drive RMI's new global programs toward impactful and measurable outcomes. Register here,
Wednesday Dec 8, 1 pm - Accounting for Maryland's Blue Carbon - This webinar will explore the readiness of blue carbon science in Maryland to support the state greenhouse gas inventory and restoration projects interested in accessing carbon markets. Sign up here
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 6:30-7:30 pm - Conowingo Dam Cleanup: Why are you paying and Exelon isn’t? Join the discussion on how we can still get a fair deal for the next 50 years. In March 2021, FERC approved Exelon’s Conowingo Dam relicensing for the next 50 years. This license includes the extremely flawed 2019 settlement agreement between the MD Department of the Environment (MDE) and Exelon. Bay state taxpayers are now left with the responsibility of paying for the dam cleanup instead of requiring Exelon to pay its fair share. But it’s not over. There are solutions to holding MDE and Exelon accountable. You should not have to pay the bill for the dam cleanup because Exelon was able to walk away. The discussion will be moderated by Marc Steiner. Panelists:
Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-8)
Betsy Nicholas, Executive Director, Waterkeepers Chesapeake
Ted Evgeniadis, Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper
Jeff Corbin, Senior VP for Water Quality Markets & Mitigation, Restoration Systems
Arjun Makhijani, President, Institute for Energy & Environmental Research
Thursday, Dec 9, 1-2 p.m. - Ready to Go: Opportunities for Cities and States to Deploy Federal Funding to Advance Clean Energy and Equity sponsored by ACEEE. Recent and pending federal funding initiatives, may provide billions of dollars that can help cities and states reach their goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance equity. Governments can learn from example to efficiently and effectively leverage these generational opportunities. Attendees will hear lessons shared in a new ACEEE toolkit that lays out guiding principles for governments, as well as 17 strong programs that can serve as models for new or expanded efforts. Officials from Connecticut and Washington, D.C. will share insights from their programs and how they are planning to leverage federal funding, and a representative from Elevate will discuss how governments can ensure that programs are deployed equitably to advance energy justice. Register here for Microsoft Teams webinar
Thursday, Dec 9, 1-2:30 PM - Building Bridges: Engaging your Community in a Climate Conversation Workshop - This online panel and workshops will bolster your ability to build bridges in your community around finding common ground on climate change issues. This is the crisis of our time and we need to start finding common solutions to this problem. Whether you’re already engaging in difficult conversations or don’t know where to start, this event will bolster your ability to build bridges in your community around finding common ground on climate change issues. Sponsored by ReImagine Appalachia. Register here.
December 8 and 15, and Jan 11 - A series on Collaborative Efforts on Blue Carbon in Maryland. Flier with registration links here. A webinar series from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Maryland Departments of the Environment and Natural Resources, andMaryland Sea Grant on behalf of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change and its workgroups.
Blue carbon is the carbon stored in coastal and marine ecosystems. The Blue Carbon Initiative currently focuses on carbon in coastal ecosystems - mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses. These ecosystems sequester and store large quantities of blue carbon in both the plants and the sediment below. For example, over 95% of the carbon in seagrass meadows is stored in the soils. https://www.thebluecarboninitiative.org/
Sat Oct 16 to Dec 18, 2021. Every 2 weeks on Saturdays from 2 -4 pm - Skilling up for Climate Justice Training from 350.org We’re excited to invite members of all 350 affiliates and their network to participate in a series of five online trainings geared to prepare members to organize and campaign with resiliency and power. The training are free, and last 2 hours. Slides and other resources are provided to support local trainings. Participate in any or all. Get all the details in this flyer and register now to receive the zoom links. Recordings and resources will be available if you can’t make a training. These trainings are facilitated by local groups: 350 New Hampshire, 350 Bay Area, SanDiego350, 350 Vermont and 350 PDX in collaboration with 350.org’s training dept.
Saturday, Oct 16th - Climate Justice: Principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, intersections between climate and social justice movements, how to identify and address white supremacy culture and inequity in our groups and work.
Saturday, Oct 30th - Strategic Messaging: Why storytelling and messaging are essential to our work, how to create a just and equitable narrative that supports campaign strategies using non-extractive storytelling, and best practices for communicating our message.
Saturday, Nov 20th - Organizing and Movement Building: Why build a movement? How to recruit, engage, and onboard new volunteers, develop volunteer leadership, and build community.
Saturday, Dec 4th - Strategic Campaigning: How to choose a campaign, map out decision makers, allies and opponents, plan campaign goals, timeline, and roles, and select effective tactics using a justice and equity lens.
Saturday, Dec 18th - Policy Advocacy: How to advocate, how legislative bodies work, and how to influence elected officials--with examples from local affiliates to demonstrate common tactics and best practices.