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, Gunpowder Riverkeepers, 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.
In 2016 and 2017, we focused on three campaigns. First, we worked to bring “community solar” to Harford County. We are still hoping to find a business that would like to rent its roof for a solar array. Second, we worked hard to support a statewide fracking ban; it passed in 2017, making Maryland the first state to legislatively ban fracking.
In 2019, we are supporting a list of bills in Annapolis, such as the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act. We are asking the City of Havre de Grace to pass a resolution opposing oil drilling and seismic blasting off Maryland’s shores. We are also launching a campaign to get restaurants to sign on to new plastic straw policies, 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!