Maryland Chapter Blog

Date: Jul 24, 2014
By: Vincent Yi

Where does it all go?

If you’ve ever asked yourself this question, you may want to register for one or more of the upcoming zero-waste tours organized by the executive committee of the Prince George’s Sierra Club. Between mid-August and mid-October, members will have an opportunity to find out where “it”—our trash, wastewater, recycling and yard waste—goes.

Registration is required due to space limitations. To register and get more information about these educational tours, see below.

Janis Oppelt, PGSC membership chair

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Date: Jul 24, 2014
By: Samantha Spaccasi

On Sunday, July 13th, I joined over a thousand people at our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., to protest the proposed Dominion Cove Point Liquid Natural Gas Export Facility in Lusby, MD.

 

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Date: Jul 24, 2014
By: Vincent Yi

by Omar Torres

On June 28th I had the pleasure of hiking along Parkers Creek at the American Chestnut Land Trust North Side Trail in Calvert County, Maryland. Upon arrival, the Stewardship Outing interns were introduced to Bob Boxwell, the leader of the event, along with Marc Imlay, a conservation biologist. Bob Boxwell led the hike for most of the way on extensive trails filled with a diversity of plants. The path was a rugged terrain but was still nice for hiking on.

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Date: Jul 22, 2014
By: Seth Bush

 

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Date: Jul 16, 2014
By: Seth Bush
Get a first-hand look at coal and learn what we can do to move Maryland to clean energy -- RSVP today!
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On Saturday July 26th, come see coal up close!

Have you ever seen a coal-fired power plant in person? I was shocked by the size and scale of the first coal plant I visited, with its massive boilers and several immense smokestacks, each billowing gray plumes that pollute the air we breathe.

The dense, dark plumes that spew from coal plants are only one kind of the pollution emitted: the visible kind. What goes unseen, but what is still very much present, is all of the invisible, but just as dangerous pollutants, that spill unhindered and unseen from the same smokestacks. 

This pollution contributes to 85% of Marylanders living in areas with unsafe air, ranking our state as having the worst air quality on the East Coast. The good news is that you can help do something about it. 

Join other Marylanders July 26 for an easy hike along the C&O Canal Towpath, see the Dickerson coal plant in person, and learn about the Sierra Club’s campaign to clean up Maryland’s dirty coal. 

 

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Date: Jul 11, 2014
By: Joanne Heckman

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Date: Jul 09, 2014
By: Joanne Heckman
Date:Sunday, July 13, 2014
Time:12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Presented by:Maryland Chapter
Leader:David O'Leary - 301-277-7111 daveol@earthlink.net
Location:West of the Capitol Reflecting Pool, bordered by 3rd St and between Pennsylvania Ave. NW and Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC (map)

 

Be a part of history and attend the Rally to Stop Fracked Gas Exports: Cove Point & Beyond!

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Thanks to over 5,000 activists, we helped flood the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) office with letters about the dirty and dangerous proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas facility. Now it's time to deliver our message in person.

On July 13, thousands will gather at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. for the Rally to Stop Fracked Gas Exports: Cove Point and Beyond. Will you be there, too?

For far too long, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has put the interests of the oil and gas industry above our health, safety and climate. This summer, FERC will decide if the Cove Point facility can move forward despite the detrimental consequences -- more fracking in the Marcellus Shale region, endangering communities near the proposed facility, and more air, water, and climate pollution.

Attend the rally, and tell FERC enough is enough. Sign up today!

RSVP: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/423/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=82078&tag=july13:ccan

Once you register, look for a confirmation email with a link to a transportation board and survey to coordinate your travel. Activists from organizations all over the country will be a part of this historic day and are making carpooling and busing arrangements to be there.
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Date: Jul 07, 2014
By: Joanne Heckman

Thursday, July 24, Howard County Library Central Branch

6:30 – 7:30 pm: join us for an informal meeting to discuss current and future conservation and stewardship projects in Howard County. Get an update on the Patapsco Heritage Greenway's proposal, and our request to exclude the Patapsco Valley State Park from the Heritage Area. Find out about Richard Klein's "Clearing Our Waters" campaign, a citizen-led effort to minimize erosion from construction sites. 

7:30 – 8:30 pm: “How to Win Land Development Issues” by Richard Klein of Community and Environmental Defense Services (ceds.org). Learn about the approaches to equitable solutions and smart legal strategies that have enabled CEDS to achieve a 90% success rate in combatting the environmental impacts of development since 1987.

Thanks for registering to help us plan. Schedule conflict? Join the email list for the Conservation Committee by contacting joanne.heckman@mdsierra.org.

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Date: Jul 04, 2014
By: Joanne Heckman

Multimedia Presentation by US Park Ranger Gary Battel

Thursday July 17th, 7:30 pm at Robinson Nature Center in Columbia. This is a presentation sponsored by the Sierra Club, suitable for all ages, free and open to the public.

This multimedia presentation takes us on a tour of our solar system to examine the strange weather phenomena found on these other worlds.  Discover what we've learned from these planets, and how that helps us to understand our own atmosphere, weather, climate, and ultimately, life on our own comfortable planet. 

Contact: Sue Muller at smuller[@]howardcountymd.gov

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Date: Jun 26, 2014
By: Joanne Heckman

The Sierra Club endorsed some winners on Tuesday, especially Brian Frosh, who earned a well-deserved place on the ballot. In Howard County, our endorsed candidates, Clarence Lam and Eric Ebersole, will be on the ballot; Terri Hill will be the candidate for the third Delegate's position in District 12. 

In District 13, Guy Guzzone will compete for the Senate seat. Our endorsed candidates, Shane Pendergrass and Frank Turner, will be candidates for Delegate, along with Vanessa Atterbeary.  

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