The Bel Air FIVE Project seeks to engage the whole town of Bel Air in planting native plants, especially the host and pollinator plants for the 4 butterflies and a moth we’re targetting! Learn more in the lobby of the Harford County Public Library-Bel Air Branch on April 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Be inspired at the Bel Air Armory on Tuesday, May 10, 6 p.m. with speaker Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of “Nature’s Best Hope” and “Bringing Nature Home.”(Pre-register on Eventbrite to guarantee a seat!)
Next, visit the Bel Air Garden Mart at the Armory on Friday, May 20 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. You can purchase Bel Air Five Host Plants at the Garden Mart.
Download the iNaturalist app so you can identify the butterflies and caterpillars that come to your garden or porch. Insects and plants identified upload automatically to the Maryland Biodiversity Project, so we can see the impact of our efforts.
Thank-you for caring about wildlife! These are the Bel Air Five and their Host Plants:
Can we reverse the trend of species extinction right from our own back (and front) yards? Doug Tallamy says YES and Harford County Climate Action in partnership with the Town of Bel Air aims to begin with 5 species – 4 butterflies and a moth – that depend on host plants that people can grow around their homes.
On May 10 Harford County Climate Action had the pleasure of hosting Doug Tallamy in Bel Air, where he held an audience of 200 spellbound as he explained how important it was to allow habitats for birds, bees, worms, caterpillars and butterflies to survive and how effectively we could do it if only we gave up our destructive habits of maintaining lawns. Of course he put it much more diplomatically and urged people with lawns to convert half of their land into space for native plants and all the species that depend on them.
Since January when a sign placed in the woods alerted nearby residents of a plan to convert 326 acres of forested wetlands to a warehouse business park, the community has been attending meetings, speaking at public hearings and opposing the plan. In September 2109 they took to the streets outside the Harford County Administration building on Main Street in Bel Air.
Listen to the voices of the community uniting to protect the wetlands, the wildlife and the surrounding neighborhoods.
There is a natural solution to the climate breakdown: protecting forests. Climate activist Greta Thunberg and writer/climate activist George Monbiot explain.
Nature Now, a short film narrated by teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and writer/climate activist George Monbiot to serve as a call to action to protect, restore and fund Natural Climate Solutions (NCS), was released on September 19, 2019 in advance of at the Global Youth Climate Strike at the United Nations. Continue reading →
Harford County Climate Action is working with Neighborhood Sun to ensure that ALL Harford County residents have access to clean energy! I have signed up, thereby guaranteeing that my energy bills will remain below those charged by BG&E. Neighborhood Sun is looking for more people to sign up in order to build local solar projects. Please consider becoming a part of this innovative method of getting solar energy to renters and those who have a house but aren’t yet ready to put panels on it. There are special incentives for low income households. Please visit our special page on the Neighborhood Sun website by using the link below. And thank-you so much for helping to save the planet!
Follow this link for information on what you would save by switching to electricity from Neighborhood Sun’s community solar projects.
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!
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.
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.
Meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of every month except November, when we have an annual meeting, and December, which we take off.
Wed, June 21, 6-7:45 p.m.: HCCA June Membership Meeting: All are welcome to attend! If you are concerned about climate disruption and the dramatic decline in biodiversity, please join us. New Location: Churchville Unitarian Universalist Church, 2515 Churchville Rd, Churchville, MD 21028.
Fri, May 19, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: HCCA Sale of Bel Air Five Native Host and Pollinator Plants at the Bel Air Garden Mart. Location: Bel Air Armory, 37 N. Main Street. Rain or Shine. Our table will be outdoors on the south side of the Armory.
Tues, May 23, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: HCCA Regenerative, Native Garden Spring Planting Day at Rockfield Manor. Meet at the garden, which is on a walking path at the bottom of the hill behind the manor. “Volunteer hours” will be given to student volunteers. Address: 501 E. Churchville Rd, Bel Air, MD 21014. Please phone (443) 243-3363 if you plan to attend!
Sat, June 3, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Adopt-a-Road Clean Up. Meet at Southampton Middle School, 1200 Moores Mill Rd, Bel Air. “Volunteer hours” will be given to student volunteers. Call (443) 243-3363 to pre-register.