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coming Events

Saturday/Sunday, Jan 8 & 9, 2:30 to 4:30 each day - Eastern Shore Legislative Summit online.

Attendees will hear from Maryland's environmental champions including Senator Paul Pinsky, Delegate Lorig Charkoudian, Delegate Wanika Fisher, Delegate Brooke Lierman, Delegate Vaughn Stewart, and others. Legislators and environmental groups will discuss priority environmental bills regarding climate change, well water contamination, farm to food security, energy for low-income households, zombie permits, single-use plastics, oyster restoration, and a host of other topics. Ticket for online Summit Sat. Jan 8 here; Ticket for Sun. Jan 9 here. Contact mdlegislativecoalition@gmail.com for more information. See Facebook post here.

Monday, Jan 10, 7-8:30 pm - Webinar on the Advanced Clean Truck Rule - Transportation is the #1 source of climate change pollution and a leading source of toxic air pollution in Maryland. Trucks account for 10% of vehicles on the road but disproportionately contribute 30% of carbon emissions and 57% of particulate matter (PM2.5) emitted by the entire transportation sector, along with high nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and others. Last summer, California made history by setting the first in the nation Zero Emission Truck sales standards via the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) rule which will electrify large pickup trucks, delivery trucks and semi-trucks. Maryland signed onto a regional commitment to electrify medium and heavy duty vehicles. Now is the time to enact legislation in MD to help transform the freight industry! Register here.

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022, 8-9:30 a.m. - Howard County Sustainability Breakfast
Annual event, virtual in 2021 and 2022. Speakers on major environmental issues in Howard Co and Maryland, and on expected legislation ahead. Sponsored by HoCo Environmental Sustainability Board. Flyer with schedule here. Speakers include Tim Lattimer on the Report from COP 26 in Glasgow; and Victoria Venable, Chesapeake Climate Action Network (victoria@chesapeakeclimate.org) on the Comprehensive Climate Package for the state legislature. Register here.

Wednesday, Jan 12th, 9:30-10:30 AM - MD Climate Platform Rally For First Day of Session (Update - Online only) - Rally registration link here, The Climate Platform Partners have been working tirelessly on a comprehensive policy package that will truly make Maryland a national leader on climate once again. We have a tremendous opportunity to bring innovative climate solutions to our state with new federal funding at our disposal. Now it's up to our elected officials to embrace this opportunity and welcome in the climate future. During this action hour we will collectively contact legislators by phone and social media asking them to support this climate package! Again register here.

  • Watch the platform launch here

  • Volunteer for the MD Climate Platform campaign here.

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2-4 pm - Heet.org GeoGrid Electrification Pathway. Analysts across the country are trying to compare potential ways to decarbonize heat. Increasingly, utilities and energy advocates alike are considering GeoGrids as a viable electrification pathway and alternative to natural gas. The GeoGrid is a system of networked ground source heat pumps that can heat and cool homes efficiently and affordably. Although many campuses across the country are heating and cooling using GeoGrid-like installations, there is limited data and analysis on these—and none of them are installed, owned and operated by utilities in the right of way of the street, as HEET proposes. Register here.

Wednesday, Jan 12, 7 pm. CLIMATE CHANGE: TALK ABOUT IT! at GCAN meeting. Climate Scientist, Katharine Hayhoe says the most important thing you can do about climate change is to TALK ABOUT IT So what is the best way to do that? Did you talk to your family and friends over the holidays? If so, which approach did you take? Join this discussion on effective methods. Watch a short video of Dr. Hayhoe, followed by a discussion. Preview the video or read a recent book review of Professor Hayhoe’s book, Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World Invite others via the Facebook event. See more here.

Thursday, Jan 13, 5-6 p.m. Panel on film about the dangers of fossil/fracked gas. Watch the film “Dear President Obama” free on Vimeo here: https://vimeo.com/167072731. And register to attend the Md Sierra Club panel on the film. Panelists are: Jon Bowermaster – film director& producer; Lossa Zenebe – National Beyond Coal Organizer; and Emily Wurth – Food & Water Watch. Register here for zoom for the panel discussion.

Thursday, Jan 13,7:30-9:30 pm - Bill McKibben talks about the climate crisis with Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS). Hear Bill McKibben, author, environmentalist, and activist, talk about the climate movement and join a breakout discussion so you can share your interests in climate action and how you want to participate. Info here. Register here.

Tuesday, Jan 18 - 7-8:30 pm - Self Care for Climate Activists during Emergencies from 350.org. We know that extreme weather events are happening and no matter where we live, we may not be immune to being impacted ourselves. This event is about how to care for ourselves during climate emergencies and opportunities to collaborate and support each other after extreme weather events. We will also talk about how to build our own emergency go bags and the necessary items we should add to stay safe. You can begin to learn more about creating your own go bag before this call by watching this fun YouTube tutorial starting at 5:15 min. This event is organized by the Climate Disasters Working Group. Register here.

Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022,9-10:15 AM - Stories to Watch 2022 from the World Resource Institute - Over the last several years, we have witnessed a barrage of commitments from governments, businesses and others who have promised action to slow climate change and create a more sustainable world. Yet, too often these promises have gone unfulfilled. As the world begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is time for world leaders to back up their words with action. The question is: Will they will deliver? We will discuss some of the world’s most pressing questions: How to accelerate the energy transition? Will net-zero climate commitments become more credible? What will happen to the bold commitments to end deforestation, the surge in electric vehicles, and much more. Register here for zoom.

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 3 pm ET - Webinar- Central Heat Pumps - Find the most cost-effective solution for your home - If you are contemplating installing a heat pump to heat and cool your home, it can be confusing to understand all the various options and configurations. Join the Electrify Coalition as we discuss the key elements to understand, and explore which type of central heat pumps are most cost-effective to help you make the right choice for your home. We'll talk to leading experts who will help guide us through the different types of heat pumps and their best applications. From ElectrifyNow Signup here.

Thursday, Jan 20, 5:30 pm Howard Country Green Drinks - HoCo Green Drinks is a virtual happy hour discussion of current environmental topics. Join a round robin discussion on 2022 Maryland environmental bills.

Register for zoom here,

Thursday, Jan 20, 6:30-8 p.m. CCAN Power Hour and Membership Meeting. To protect our climate and save lives, Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is recruiting and training new members. We're building teams of volunteers in order to mobilize as many people as possible to join us in strategic actions and hold our elected officials accountable. Learn what CCAN doing in 2022 to put the brakes on climate change and mitigate its impacts — AND how you can get involved! Come learn about the membership structure, benefits, and work we are currently doing. Meet other members and start organizing, together! Members are all who contribute. As a member, you’ll have the opportunity to provide input and support to our climate campaigns. We’ll unlock access to activist conference calls and trainings, and you’ll have the opportunity to join one of our local action teams. You’ll also get invites to community-building events like hikes and lunches. Register for zoom here.

Tuesday, Jan 25th, 6 p.m. - Environmental Summit (Virtual) - Tune in virtually to the annual Maryland Environmental Summit, sponsored by the coalition of Maryland environmental groups known as CCE (Citizens Campaign for the Environment)! Learn about and rally for passage of important environmental bills in the General Assembly's 2022 session. The Climate Platform is one of the priority bills to be highlighted. Registration link here.

Wednesday, Jan 26, 7-8:30 pm Columbia Association's (CA) Climate Change and Sustainability Advisory Committee informational session on CA’s Climate Vulnerability Study. CA has done an initial assessment of the potential effects of climate change on our community. This study can serve as a tool to guide future decisions and actions to better prepare our community to manage the health and safety risks posed by climate change. There will also be a chance for you to hear from the experts that wrote the study and to ask them and CA staff your questions. Info here. Register for zoom here.

Sunday, Jan. 30, 2 - 5 p.m. - Speaking Out Faithfully for Our Common Home: Online Maryland Legislative Briefing - Join Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, Interfaith Power & Light (MD.DC.NoVA), Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human Rights, and Earth Forum for a review of priority climate legislation for the 2022 session. Register here.

Wednesday, Feb 16, 3–4:30 pm - Clean Hydrogen - Blue vs Green Hydrogen and its role in our energy future -. Green hydrogen indicates hydrogen that has been created using renewable energy while grey hydrogen is created using fossil fuels. Blue hydrogen is created by using fossil fuels but includes carbon capture and storage to sequester some of the carbon dioxide emitted. Join this webinar that will explore the differences between green vs blue hydrogen with one of the leading experts on the topic. Cornell Professor Robert Howarth, released a study in August 2021 on the topic. He is also an expert in natural gas leakage and will also discuss the important topic of underreported methane leaks. Register here. NOTE: Free with optional donation for the nonprofit Electrify Everyone Fund where donations go towards installing free heat pump water heaters in low-income homes.

Thursday & Monday, Feb 17 & 21 - Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) Lobby night on the MD climate platform. More info and registration link soon. Sign up to join a local group and meet virtually with your Maryland state representatives.

Postponed to TBD date in Feb - - Opportunity to testify for strong MD Landfill Methane Regulations at AQCAC, the Maryland Air Quality Control Advisory Council. This Council reviews proposed regulations. We assume the meeting is still online and the public can participate. Maryland plans to submit proposed landfill methane regulations for approval. Climate advocates should push for the strongest possible regulations. When the time and agenda is posted for this scheduled meeting we will link that here. See more background on info page here.

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Event series

December 8 , Jan 11 & Jan 20 - 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. UPDATE: DNR announced the Dec 15 webinar is postponed to Jan 20. Info Rachel Lamb <rachlamb@umd.edu> Register for Jan 11 here. Register for Jan 20 here.

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/