HoCo Climate Action and Advocacy

Featured Event

Maryland Climate Action

Climate Solutions Now Act passed & is law

HoCo Climate Action Webinar cosponsor MD Sierra Club
Rewiring Maryland: Rethinking Gas and Electricity Grids

Resource page

https://bit.ly/4-9-22

Electrify HoCo & Maryland

Poll shows most want electrification

Email HoCoClimateAction@gmail.com to join this volunteer list for Electrify and to work with others in Howard County on the MD Climate Action Platform

Check out our working docs: https://bit.ly/hocobuildings

coming Events

Wednesday, April 27, 1- 3 pm - Maryland Commission on Climate Change - Online and open to public via Google Meet here. There is a set time in the agenda for public comment. See website for more info here. Save the dates for future quarterly meetings: June 28, September 27, November 9 (1-3 pm)

AGENDA April 27 2022

MCCC April 27 mtg_slides


Wednesday, April 27, 3 pm ET - Dangers of Cooking with Gas - and the benefits of induction stoves webinar - An overview of the health and climate impacts of cooking with gas stoves with Stanford scientists Eric Lebel and Rob Jackson. Many studies have shown how gas stoves are dangerous for homeowners and the planet. A paper released by Stanford University this year finds that "the climate and health impacts of natural gas stoves are greater than previously thought." Join Electrify Now as we hear from Stanford scientists and study co-authors from this study. We'll close on an optimistic note with a look at the amazing technology of induction cooking and how it can improve the cooking experience while simultaneously cutting down dangerous indoor air pollution as well as CO2 emissions. Register here.


Wednesday, April 27, 7:30 pm - Webinar on the powerful film YOUTH v GOV about 21 young Americans suing to protect their constitutional rights to a stable climate. In this climate change superhero movie, armed with a wealth of evidence, twenty-one courageous leaders file a ground-breaking lawsuit against the U.S. government, asserting it has willfully acted over six decades to create the climate crisis, thus endangering their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. If these young people are successful, they will not only make history, they will change the future. We’ll also hear updates on the court case.

Panelists:

Producer/Director Christi Cooper is a PhD scientist, documentary filmmaker, and Emmy-award winning cinematographer. Christi focuses her storytelling and visual narratives on issues of justice and impact by creating human connections to the most pressing issues of our time.

Nathan Baring grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska and saw early on the impacts of climate change, joining the suit Juliana v U.S, at the age of 16. Nathan is now a student at Gustavus Adolphus college in Minnesota studying political science. He hopes to learn Federal Indian Law long-term to support tribal sovereignty and development efforts in Alaska. He comes from a Quaker tradition which has formed a core part of his values in advocacy.

Miko Vergun is from Beaverton, Oregon and joined the case at the age of 14. Miko believes that children and youth need to speak up about climate change and stand up to world leaders and let them know how climate change is greatly impacting their future. Miko attends Oregon State University studying Digital Communication Arts. Their connection to their faith, Judaism, has been a great influence on their activism. Sign up for the webinar here.


Wednesday, April 27, 9-11 p.m. Building Electrification: Climate, Health, Equity - a panel hosted by San Francisco Bay PSR and co-sponsored by PSR National, RMI, Climate Health Now, and Local Clean Energy Alliance. Learn from experts about new research on the health effects of fossil fuel ("natural" gas) appliances in homes, how to protect your family, and how to advocate for a just transition to all-electric homes in California and beyond. The panel will be held on Wednesday, April 27 from 6:00-8:00pm PT (9-11 ET on East Coast). Register here.


Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m. - Howard County Government Environment Town Hall at the Robinson Nature Center on progress made to make Howard County a regional leader in protecting our environment and dialogue on what the future holds. Howard County is finding bold solutions to sustain our resources to combat climate change! To rsvp to attend in person RSVP and send questions in advance to TownHall@howardcountymd.gov. You can watch on the County website or HoCo government or via streaming it on FaceBook Live, but if you choose to watch online please submit questions ahead of time.


Tuesday, May 3, 8 - 9 pm ET - The Psychology of Climate Action - How to refocus climate anxiety and find joy, meaning, and resilience. Are you a climate activist? Maybe you’ve heard it said, "Anxiety is our superpower...." But what happens when anxiety leads to despair and hopelessness? This Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light Community Connector Webinar is about how faith, spiritual practices, and community can be sources of support and meaning as we face the psychological impacts of long-term climate change. Speakers: Dr. Teddie Potter, Director of Planetary Health at the University of Minnesota's School of Nursing, along with Dr. Julia Nerbonne, MNIPL's Executive Director. Info: Charissa Verdoorn · charissa@mnipl.org Register here.


Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m. Howard County Earth Forum in-person at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circles, Columbia MD. Speaker: Mark S. Richard, Chief of Stormwater Management, HoCo. Department of Public Works, and tabling with Earth Forum local partner organizations. See flier here. Facebook here


PSR - Cooking with Gas: Health Harms from Gas Stoves -This training exposes the harmful air pollutants produced by gas stoves, their negative impacts on the human body, the exacerbated impacts on vulnerable populations, and how health professionals can help their patients reduce their risk. Certain credits available.

Offered 3 times:

Friday, May 13, 1-2 p.m. PSR Pennsylvania - Register

Monday, May 16, 9-10 p.m. PSR Texas - Register

Wednesday, May 18, 10 p.m. ET - PSR Arizona - Register


Thursday, May 19, 3 – 4:30 p.m. The End of the Petrostate - How Electrification will Reshape the World - Join the Electrify Coalition as we explore the potential of renewable energy and electrification to end the petrostate and change the global balance of energy power. We'll discuss the rapid pace of change in energy generation globally and the latest estimates on how quickly we might achieve an end to our reliance on fossil fuels and the corrupting power that comes with this limited resource. Register


Thursday, May 19, 6-7 p.m. Climate Emergency Feedback Loops Fossil fuel-driven climate change has set in motion nature's own feedback loops which are raising temperatures even higher. The urgent question is: Are we approaching a point of no return, leading to an uninhabitable Earth, or do we have the vision and will to slow, halt, and reverse them? Register


Saturday to Monday, June 11, 12, 13 - Pennsylvania Climate Convergence in Harrisburg PA to change the conversation on climate change. Info here.


August 11-12 online and August 13 in-person - 8th Annual University of Maryland Symposium on EnvironmentaldJustice and Health Disparities. Community members, advocates, nonprofit organizers, policymakers, researchers, and students convene for an in-depth examination of ongoing environmental and climate justice issues affecting the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) region and beyond. Info and register here.


Postponed to TBD date - 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.

Sign this petition now- Support Cleaner Maryland Landfills.


Event series

The HoLLIE 2022 Virtual Lecture Series

Our Changing Climate: Science, Policy, Justice, & Action


Thursdays in March (3, 10, 17, 24, 31) - 7 pm

Free. Lecture abstracts and sign-up link HERE.


  • March 3 - Observing the Earth through the Eyes of Satellites
    Claire Parkinson, Ph.D., Climate Change Senior Scientist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

  • March 10 - COP26 – You Are There
    Timothy Lattimer, Senior Advisor, Office of Global Change, U.S. Department of State

  • March 17 - Social Justice in a Warming Climate
    Vernice Miller-Travis, Executive VP, Social Justice Lead, Metropolitan Group

  • March 24 - You Have the Power to Make a Better Climate Future
    Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor & Climate Extension Specialist, University of Maryland College Park

  • March 31 - Living Our Environmental Purpose and Passion
    Tracey Manning, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park