Sign the Petition to Stop Abingdon Business Park!

This petition is for all Harford County residents!  If our largest remaining forests are developed, we will ALL suffer from the loss of green space, boost to the climate crisis, loss of wildlife, and negative impact on our neighbors, who can only conclude that their wishes, health and properties don’t matter to the Harford County government.  Sign at this link if you oppose the building of over 2,000,000 square feet of warehouse space on what is now forest and wetlands.   http://chng.it/S262cpFV

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Stop Abingdon Business Park

Harford County Climate Action is a member of a coalition of parties opposed to the destruction of Abingdon Woods, i.e. to the “Abingdon Business Park” plan.  We are partnering with Friends of Harford and neighborhood associations, such as Autumn Run, Medley Estates, and Philadephia Station to stop this terrible plan.  Why terrible?  Because it involves destroying wetlands at a time when we need wetlands.  Because it involves destroying 326 acres of mature forest at a time when we need forests to stop climate change, clean our air, and safeguard our mental and physical well-being.  Because there are already many vacant warehouses near Route 40.  Because the neighbors don’t want it!  Because traffic is already a problem!

Abindgon Woods is located within the rectangle formed by Rt 7, Rt 24, I95, and Abingdon Rd.  If you live within this rectangle or in a bordering neighborhood, we would appreciate it if you would complete this survey which allows us to summarize all of the existing water problems in the area.  These problems are yet another reason why paving over forest and wetlands is not a good idea.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeAcsuyKRFksn3x6koPVzn1hQE5vRzTJ_aU0z2gxXWO6gvM2Q/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

Thank-you for your time!

 

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2019 bills HCCA supported

In 2019, Harford County Climate Action supported 9 bills in the Maryland State Legislature.  View PDF: 2019 Bills Supported by HCCA

The first three listed here passed.

  1. HB 1453/Senate Bill 732, the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act (Renewable Energy and Job Development), which increases renewable energy production to 50% by 2030, and requires a plan for getting to 100% by 2050.
  2. HB 0109/Senate Bill 0285, “Environment-Expanded Polystyrene Food Service Products Prohibition. This bill prohibits disposable food containers made of expanded polystyrene foam (Styrofoam).
  3. SB 0573/ HB 0650, Energy Storage Pilot Project Act, which requires the PSC to establish a pilot program to use battery power for electricity backup in lieu of gas “peakers” – power plants that generally run only when there is a high demand, known as peak demand, for electricity.

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This is how your Harford County Representatives voted:

Senator Bob Cassilly Sen. Gallion Sen. Jennings Delegate Arikan Del Andrew Cassilly Del Imprallaria Del Johnson Del Lisanti Del McComas Del Szeliga
  Energy Storage Yes Yes Yes No Yes Absent Yes Yes Yes Yes
Polystyrene No No No No Yes No Yes Yes No No
Clean Energy Jobs Act No No No No No No Yes Yes No No

The next 6 bills made it only 25-50% of the way through the process, and were held up or voted “No” in committees. 

  1. HB 669/Senate Bill 387, the Maryland Pipeline and Water Protection Act,which would have closed a loophole in environmental review of new pipelines proposed in the state.
  2. HB 0117/SB 0003: Smart Growth Investment Fund, which would have disincentivized sprawl development. (R. Cassilly, Jennings, Gallion voted “NO.”)
  3. HB 0120/SB 0203: Natural Resources – No Net Loss of Forest, which would have protected state coverage of forest land. (R. Cassilly, Jennings, Gallion voted “NO”)
  4. HB 0472, the Green Amendment, which would have added Marylanders’ right to breathable air, uncontaminated water and a clean environment to the state constitution, along with current rights, such as free speech and freedom of religion.
  5. HB 0275/SB 0270, Pesticides – Use of Chlorpyrifos – Prohibition, which would have banned chlorpyrifos. Chlorpyrifos is a toxic nerve agent pesticide proven to cause brain damage in children, contaminate waterways, and harm wildlife. After years of study, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded that chlorpyrifos is unsafe at any detectable level.
  6. SB 0788/ HB 0695 The Transportation Accountability Act, which would have required a comprehensive study of the anticipated greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution of any highway project, both state-funded or built through a public-private partnership.
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A Message from the Future

In “A Message form the Future with Alexandria Ocaso-Cortez,” environmental journalist Naomi Klein writes,

We realized that the biggest obstacle to the kind of transformative change the Green New Deal envisions is overcoming the skepticism that humanity could ever pull off something at this scale and speed.

What if we actually pulled off a Green New Deal? What would the future look like? The Intercept presents a film narrated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and illustrated by Molly Crabapple.

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Harford and Cecil Youth Strike for Climate in Annapolis #FridaysForFuture

Calling attention to the urgency of the climate crisis, students converged in Annapolis on Friday, March 15.   They demanded that people and governments work together to end dependence on fossil fuels and promote clean renewable energy.   The young activists cited legislation such as the Clean Energy Jobs Act and the visionary Green New Deal which address not only sources of energy but also issues of health, environmental, social, economic and racial justice that are implicated in the process of extracting and burning fossil fuels.

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Lucian Calypsonians call for Climate Action

Thanks to Harford County Climate Action member Jack Dettner for sharing this delightful video from the Carribean island nation of St. Lucia, creatively using music to popularize the urgency of climate action.  Covering topics ranging from waste disposal to building code regulations, the catchy tune is performed by  A-Listers from Saint Lucia’s calypso community  including King Pep, Educator, Herbblack, Mr. Brown, Menell, Chocolate, and Ready.  They have created a compelling rallying call to Saint Lucians which is relevant across the globe.

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2018 Review

In 2018 Harford County Climate Action worked steadily at the personal, community and policy level to encourage meaningful actions to reduce our impact on the environment, espsecially our carbon footprint!

WATCH this marvelous retrospective of the year that was:

Annual Review 2018 (as read at the Annual Meeting, November 2018) Continue reading

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