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  • Calling all Virginia students: Are YOU marching? | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    it has me ready to work harder than ever Already there are over 300 Virginia students planning to march this Sunday in New York City joining more than 300 other campuses bringing thousands of students to march for our future The People s Climate March is going to be the largest climate mobilization in history With the problems we re facing in Virginia due to dependence on fossil fuels from severe flooding along our coast to severe asthma rates in Richmond to more severe storms just about everywhere we need everyone there Here are key updates on how you can 1 Get to NYC 2 March with the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition and 3 Bring the momentum back to Virginia 1 Getting there Are you still looking for a ride Here s a rideboard for Virginia students to coordinate carpools to NYC Please use it to form carpools from your area Reminder If you re willing to use your car please state how many seats you have You can also check out the People s Climate March ride board Click here to see what s available 2 March with Virginia students Virginia students will be marching as a block in the student delegation at the People s Climate March Check out the march line up here We will be meeting at Wagnar Cove in Central Park at 10 45 am It s a short walk from the 72nd Street subway station and right in line with the student delegation Make sure you and your delegation are there We want to meet each other and march together to make Virginia student voices heard For a map with the location of Sunday s meet up point at Wagnar Cove click here 3 Join the call on September 24th September 21st will be

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  • Meet Me In Annapolis | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    extending its goal to achieve a 40 reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 This year we can chart the way to power our homes and communities with wind and solar The Clean Energy Jobs Act will raise our clean energy standard to 25 by 2020 and invest a landmark 40 million into workforce development training in under served communities With the support of legislative champions including Senators Catherine Pugh and Mac Middleton and Delegate Dereck Davis we are in a strong position to reach the finish line But to get this legislation to Governor s Hogan s desk we need one critical thing For you to raise your voice in Annapolis and demand that your legislators vote YES We are hosting a series of regional lobby nights to ensure our legislators hear our voices before every key hearing and vote Come to Annapolis and raise your voice for clean energy with fellow climate activists from your community You ll have the opportunity to meet with fellow climate activists in your district and receive the latest political updates on where your legislator stands on our priority climate bills Following a training and orientation you ll meet face to face with your legislator Sign up for your regional lobby night by clicking on the link that corresponds to your area Prince George s Anne Arundel Baltimore Harford and Howard Counties February 8th 5 00 pm 7 30 pm Senate Building room East 1 11 Bladen St Baltimore City February 22nd 5 00 pm 7 30 pm Lowe House Office Building Public Lounge Room 140 Western Maryland and Montgomery County March 7th 5 00 pm 7 30 pm Neall Conference room Senate Building 11 Bladen Street Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore March 21st 5 00 am 7 30 pm Maryland State

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  • Activists Across Maryland Advocating for Clean Energy | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    s clean energy standard and renewing Maryland s Climate Action Plan Harford County Climate Action Commemorates Hurricane Isabel On October 19th Harford County Climate Action marked the one year anniversary of the People s Climate March and the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Isabel by bringing community awareness to the dangers of sea level rise driven by climate change Harford County residents gathered in Havre de Grace at the Tidewater Grill Climate activists carried a 25 foot blue banner to demonstrate the effect that sea level rise caused by climate change would impact their community Tracey Waite President of Harford County Climate Action warned about the impacts of inaction and retold the story of the devastating damage that Hurricane Isabel wrought on the Havre de Grace community destroying their boardwalk and damaging many of the city s streets Waite addressed the crowd stating Global warming has caused sea levels to rise just over one foot since the beginning of the industrial revolution when carbon based fuels like coal oil and natural gas became the primary source of power We are supposed to see another foot of sea level rise by 2045 If we do nothing we are on track for approximately another four feet of sea level rise by the end of the century If we do nothing about greenhouse gas emissions if we go about business as usual the data indicates that we can expect an increasing risk of very high storm surges The hundred year flood will become the every year flood CCAN activists and allies like Harford County Climate Action are working to mitigate the impacts of climate change and turn the tide on sea level rise by transitioning away from dirty fossil fuels By working to enact policies like a 25 clean energy standard we can protect businesses like the Tidewater grill which are only 2 feet above sea level and communities such as Havre De Grace On the Road with CCAN This fall CCAN along with the Maryland Climate Coalition hit the road with our Energy Health and Climate Expos The Prince George s County Clean Energy Expo expos are designed to bring new activists into the climate movement by partnering with green energy businesses elected officials and environmental advocates Each expo shows Marylanders across the state how they can act at home in their communities and in the halls of Annapolis to address climate change In Baltimore County residents joined Delegates Dana Stein Benjamin Brooks Shelly Hettleman Adrienne Jones Steve Lafferty and Dan Morhaim to discuss policies such as renewing the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act a landmark law that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 by 2020 as well as increasing Maryland s clean energy standard Residents enjoyed vegan soul food and visited with green businesses Young climate activists had an opportunity to learn more about the different kinds of energy and their impact with the fun interactive Energy Arcades program from Climate Change Maryland In Southern Maryland residents learned about why there is

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  • Activist Speak Out On Maryland’s Climate Action Plan | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    state climate activist labor faith and elected leaders spoke out with one clear message Maryland must do more and can do more to address climate change in our state This was a critical step in ensuring that Maryland s Climate Action Plan is renewed The Climate Commission along with the Maryland Department of Energy will be issuing a report to the Hogan administration and our state legislators this fall to help shape Maryland s next steps The first meeting was held in Baltimore City in a small library meeting room City Councilman Jim Kraft decried Governor Larry Hogan s nixing of the funding for the red line and the lack of opportunities for economically down trodden Baltimore to be a transit oriented community He was joined by Cheryl Arney who held up a picture of her granddaughter along with a report predicting the rising sea levels along Maryland s coast line and talked about the price of inaction Representatives from Fuel Fund spoke out about how weatherization and improving the energy efficiency of low and moderate income households would have a lasting impact on our climate Funds for these weatherization projects are possible due to programs outlined in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act and Maryland s Climate Action Plan On the Eastern Shore a small group of dedicated activists championed strengthening Maryland s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act and increasing Maryland s clean energy standard In Western Maryland Engage Mountain Maryland local elected officials and Senator Roger Manno showed up to have their voices heard Members of Engage Mountain Maryland spoke of their opposition to fracking and declared that it should not be a component in any climate action plan due to the unknown health and environmental risks They also shared studies that show the emissions from fracked gas worsens climate

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  • Packed Room at Baltimore Kickoff for Statewide Climate Hearings | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    is her century and we must protect the Earth for her Cheryl was one of 21 people who testified in front of the Maryland Climate Commission The Maryland Climate Commission a stakeholder group of government industry and nonprofits including Chesapeake Climate Action Network are working to get public input on Maryland s Climate Action Plan The Baltimore City meeting which took place on Tuesday July 14th was the first in a series of public forums to be held on climate change More than twenty activists and concerned citizens said they want to see more aggressive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase usage of clean efficient energy in Maryland On November 15th the commission will release a report to the General Assembly with recommendations about next steps for climate action in Maryland and the purpose of these listening sessions is to help inform that report CCAN and our allies have been encouraging activists to attend these sessions and this kickoff event was a great success Leaders from the faith community environmental groups labor organizations low income advocates and several concerned citizens packed the room and delivered a clear message to the commission They said they want the state to stay on course to achieve the science based carbon cuts required by the Maryland Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2009 That law needs to be renewed in 2016 by the General Assembly Many of those present said lawmakers should not only renew but also strengthen the landmark law Several activists also referred to the state s clean electricity standard the Renewable Portfolio Standard or RPS saying it should be increased to at least a 25 by 2020 standard With the RPS too many activists urged the commission to consider going even beyond 25 by 2020 Many activists also addressed the

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  • Help Keep Maryland on Track to Tackle Climate Change | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Baltimore Sun letter to the editor by CCAN fellow Jamie DeMarco In order to achieve those reductions this law also required the creation of Maryland s Climate Action Plan which was released in 2013 At the same time we have to ensure Maryland actually achieves those science based reductions and that means we need to make serious headway towards a clean energy economy That s why one of the most important pieces of the Climate Action Plan is ramping up Maryland s clean electricity standard Looking ahead to 2020 we re currently on track to get about 18 of our power from renewable sources like wind and solar energy In the 2016 legislative session we will want to accelerate that increase to a full 25 clean electricity standard by 2020 and put ourselves on track to double our commitment to 40 by 2025 So how are we going to both renew Maryland s premier carbon cap law and also take the steps necessary to achieve it By engaging Marylanders across the state to get involved make their voices heard and demand that legislators and agency officials do right by our climate There will be several ways to do that this summer Participate in the Maryland Climate Commission Listening Sessions The Maryland Climate Commission in which CCAN is heavily involved is a broad stakeholder group charged with making recommendations about next steps for climate action in Maryland This summer is your opportunity to tell this commission that you want to see Maryland continue to be a climate leader It s also your opportunity to further shape Maryland s Climate Action Plan This commission will be hosting listening sessions across the state to update residents on the progress the state has made towards greenhouse gas reductions as well as to hear from

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  • Marylanders Stand up for Clean Energy | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    We needed to challenge Maryland s utility companies to clean up their act and provide Maryland residents with electricity sourced from renewable sources such as wind and solar This year more than ever it was evident that the climate movement in Maryland is not comprised only of environmental activists Our movement is comprised of people from all walks of life who want healthier families new economic opportunities and cleaner air We were joined on the first day of session by faith leaders labor leaders health advocates and civil rights organizations Each raised their voices to show Maryland s leadership that the issue of climate change impacts the future of all Marylanders Faith leaders rally for clean energy The faith community raised their voices Over 250 faith leaders signed onto a letter calling upon our elected leaders to care for God s creation This was prompted by the efforts of the Ecumenical Leaders Group a committee of seven leaders of Christian denominations This marks the first time that this group of senior religious leaders has spoken out together on a matter of environmental concern The business community raised their voices Over 150 businesses from solar companies such as BithEnergy to a local 7 11 store called on their elected leaders to pass the Clean Energy Advancement Act Business owners such as Roger Blunt a retired US Army General and founder of Essex construction stated For the good of our economy and for the good of our veterans we need to pass the Maryland Clean Energy Advancement Act By raising our renewable energy standard we ll send a strong market signal that Maryland is the place for solar and wind manufacturers to set up shop We ll also expand a growing clean energy workforce that employs a high percentage of veterans like me Labor leaders raised their voices This year we were joined by Maryland Working Families SEIU Local 500 and SEIU 32 BJ They know that a clean energy future would provide jobs that not only protect our environment but that support Maryland s working families Maryland s manufacturing sector has been in decline over the last decade Representatives of Maryland s labor movement know that investing in the clean energy sector is a win win for working families and economic development The Maryland Clean Energy Advancement Act means more jobs for Maryland including more public sector jobs more manufacturing and constructions jobs stated Charly Carter Executive Director of Maryland Working Families That is a big win for all of Maryland s workers and for our communities Our legislators raised their voices Sixty two legislators cosponsored the Clean Energy Advancement Act When the legislation came to a vote in the Senate Finance Committee the chair Senator Mac Middleton and vice chair Senator John Astle sent a strong message that they wanted to advance this bill out of the committee and onto the floor for a vote Unfortunately the bill stalled in the Senate Finance Committee But thanks to everyone who took

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  • Quebec Oil Train Activist Marilaine Savard Inspires Baltimore | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    her story Delegate Lam introduced and outlined his bill and Frtiz Elder a representative from Railroad Workers United discussed policy initiatives that workers are concerned about specifically calling for more crew members on the train After that we drove to the neighborhood of Westport in South Baltimore to meet up with Keisha Allen president of the Westport Neighborhood Association Keisha met us with her neighbor Doug and we walked from her house to the tracks about two blocks away and discussed the problem This was a highlight of the trip for me It was powerful to connect the two of them since Lac Megantic and Westport have almost the same exact curve in the tracks that border their community It was a true moment of solidarity that we rarely get to experience They also discussed how it s hard for low income communities to advocate for change and Keisha discussed some of the other issues facing the community like asthma from pollution trash and poverty Before heading back to Lac Megantic Marilaine stopped by Clean Water Action Baltimore for an interview with WYPR After we went to Charles Village for the town hall It was a really powerful and moving event with over 70 people in attendance Marilaine s story touched everyone in the room everyone was moved with her account of the experience Next Paul Plymouth from the City Council President s office spoke about the City Council s recent action introducing an ordinance that requires public disclosure of health and safety risks from oil trains in the city You could tell he was genuinely moved by Marilaine s presentation Fritz Edler from Railroad Workers United was there as well and discussed the labor perspective and why railroad workers should partner with climate groups to fight against oil trains

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