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by Dave O’Leary | 2007

Chapter’s Campaign Brings New Commitments to Reduce Emissions of Greenhouse Gases

As the weather cools down this fall, our level of activity around global warming is heating up. It is difficult to avoid news about global warming and climate change. Our challenge is to convince people (citizens, elected officials, business owners, and others) to take action.

Here are the most important things for you to do:

First, write or call Governor O’Malley, urging him to work with the Maryland Commission on Climate Change to commit the state to strong action in reducing global warming impact.

Second, find out what is going on in your local community, and encourage action at the local level. Check with the Sierra Club Cool Cities committee to get the latest information for your area.

Third, talk with your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and any organizations about what they can do to reduce their global warming impact.

Some great news is that we have additional help this fall. The Club has hired two enthusiastic organizers, Annie Sanders and Claire Miller, to work with us. Annie and Claire are Green Corps organizers who arrived in Maryland at the end of August and will be working with us through early December.

In July, the National Association of Counties created a program called “Cool Counties,” similar to the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement, which we use as a basis for Cool Cities. This is great news for Maryland, since so much happens at the county level in Maryland. Twelve counties across the country were the initial signatories to the agreement, and two of these (Montgomery County and Queen Anne’s County) are in Maryland!  Carroll County also signed the Cool Counties agreement at the end of August. Anne Arundel, Howard, and Montgomery Counties signed agreements earlier this year making a commitment to reducing their production of global warming pollution.

Please attend the Chapter Jamboree (See page 27 for information and registration) and participate in workshops and discussion about this campaign and many other important topics. A special focus for the Jamboree is on how Cool Cities and global warming campaigns fit in with the many other environmental issues that the Club is working on now. The Jamboree will be a lot of fun, too!

If you are interested in helping with the campaign, please speak with your Group Chair or contact David O’Leary or Claire and Annie at the Chapter office, 301-277-7111.  

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