In October 2014, inspired by the People’s Climate March in New York City, a group of six Harford County residents met to form a new climate action group. Group members agreed that there were many progressive residents of Harford County, but support and camaraderie had been lacking. We felt a deep concern about environmental justice and the threat to our living environment posed by climate change.
We began organizing. We participated in events like Harford County’s Arbor Day, Aberdeen’s Earth Day Festival, the Bel Air Farmer’s Market, the Anita Leight Estuary Center Wade-In, and Healthy Harford. In June 2015, we became a 350.org affiliate. We also began working with other like-minded organizations such as Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), DineKind Harford, the Gunpowder Riverkeeper, and Food and Water Watch. We organized events including a Havre de Grace rally about sea level rise and a “climate change, energy and health expo” which showcased over 20 environmental groups and green businesses. In October 2015, only one year after we began, we became an official 501c3 non-profit organization.
Since then, we helped to bring “community solar” to Harford County. We worked hard to support a statewide fracking ban; it passed in 2017, making Maryland the first state to legislatively ban fracking. We’ve supported climate change bills in Annapolis, such as the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act. We asked the City of Havre de Grace to pass a resolution opposing oil drilling and seismic blasting off Maryland’s shores… and they did!
We’re currently deeply engaged in working to preserve Abingdon Woods, a 326-acre forest in Abingdon slated to be cut down in order to build over 2,000,000 square feet of unnecessary warehouse space. We are also building a native/pollinator garden at Rockfield Manor in collaboration with the Town of Bel Air.
We hope to get a campaign to get restaurants to sign on to new plastic straw policies off the ground, and are pursuing reductions in all single use plastics: “Styrofoam,” plastic shopping and grocery bags, and plastic water bottles. Other campaigns seek to increase the percentage of energy we obtain from clean sources.
Our main goal is to inspire discussions and to provide education to the community about the causes and impacts of climate change. Together, we can lessen the human impact on climate and the environment. We are taking action to make our world a better place for future generations. We welcome you to join us!