Healthy Soils: Implementing the Maryland Healthy Soils Program
Please join the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis to discuss the implementation of the Healthy Soil Program. Speakers will be Lori Arguelles, Director of the Alice Ferguson Foundation; Susan Payne, Agricultural Certainty Program Coordinator with the Maryland Department of Agriculture; and Michael Locklear, independent researcher and consultant with 30 years experience in organic farming and soils. All were involved in the development of the Healthy Soil Act sponsored by Delegate Dana Stein. Full implementation of the Act is key to its success. This meeting will help you understand the Act and help overcome any obstacles to the Act’s full implementation.
The Healthy Soil Act (HB 1063), a landmark bill, was enacted by the Maryland State Legislature early this year and is now being implemented. Its purpose is to promote agricultural practices which not only result in more abundant and healthier food but also increase carbon sequestration in soil to counter global warming. If fully implemented and other states and countries adopt similar practices (France already has), enough carbon dioxide could be removed from the atmosphere to reverse global warming.
The key to healthy soil is promoting the growth of soil microorganisms which develop a symbiotic relationship with plants, whereby plants provide sugar produced by photosynthesis to the microorganisms through their roots and the microorganisms, in turn, release nutrients to the plants. The microorganisms also convert some of the plant sugars to humus, fixing carbon permanently in the soil if undisturbed. Deep rooted plants, like tall grasses, are most efficient in fixing carbon.
This meeting is free and all are welcome. November 18, 1:30 – 3:30 PM at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD
AWAKE: A Dream From Standing Rock
Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis Movie Night. Please join us to view AWAKE, a film that follows the dramatic rise of the historic #NODAPL native-led peaceful resistance at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, which captured the world’s attention as one of the biggest stories of 2016. Thousands of activists converged from around the country to stand in solidarity with the water protectors (activists) protesting the construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which is intended to carry fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields through sovereign land and under the Missouri River, the water source for the Standing Rock reservation and 17 million people downstream.
Discussion following the film.
Light refreshment served.
Free, All are welcome.
November 10, 7-9pm at Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, Maryland
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EARTH – Environmental Action Response Town Hall
Announcing an exciting opportunity for Maryland, the Environmental Action Response Town Hall! EARTH will connect activists and concerned citizens with legislators, NGOs and environmental justice groups with the goal to educate, inform and ignite them on a range of issues, particularly but not exclusively, as these issues relate to the 2018 Legislative Session. This is an amazing opportunity to assess the pulse of the environmental sector for our state, interact with diverse speakers and panelists and get involved in the different facets of the environmental movement in Maryland all in one afternoon!
Senator Ben Cardin;
Brian Frosh, Attorney General of Maryland;
Seema Kakade, Environmental Law Clinic Director, UMD Carey Law School
Ben Grumbles, Maryland Secretary of the
Three Panels for Townhall-Style Q & A
Legislative Panel including two republican and two democrat state representatives;
Panel of existing environmental NGOs including:
the Maryland League of Conservation Voters,
the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and
the Maryland Environmental Health Network;
Trash Free Maryland;
Grassroots environmental justice panel:
Food & Climate Justice
“We Are Cove Point”
Moderators for the panels include: Wayne Gilchrist, Education Director for the Eastern Shore Conservatory and former Republican congressman; Will Rowel, member of the Caucus of African-American Leaders; Ann Swanson, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission.
Participants will leave with concrete action plans and follow-ups to the EARTH event to support their advocacy efforts when they return to their communities.
Free tickets available at www.bit.ly/EARTH_MD
Donation welcome at the door to help defray cost of venue
AA County Progressive Maryland
Anne Arundel Huddle Network
Anne Arundel County Indivisible
Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis
Anne Arundel Group, Sierra Club
Saturday, October 21, 2 pm – 5 pm at The Key School (Activity Building), 534 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis, MD
Solar Development / Generating Guidelines for Appropriate Locations
Please join the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis for a discussion with Al Bartlett, M.D., and Lynn Davidson from the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter.
It seems almost everybody accepts that there will need to be a major expansion of solar energy as Maryland moves toward a clean renewable energy future. However, when you get into the details of where all that solar energy will be built, there’s a lot less certainty. Even environmental activists and those who will make decisions about future development appear to have different visions. Some folks have a preferred approach to solar development, but don’t really know whether that approach can provide all the solar energy we will need. Some have specific places where they definitely don’t want solar arrays to be built. The discussions are sometimes passionate, but often short of facts.
The Sierra Club Maryland Chapter has received a small grant to explore the questions and concerns about where to locate solar projects, identify evidence and experience that addresses these concerns, and help local jurisdictions develop environment-, agriculture-, economy- and community-friendly approaches to solar development that also respond to Maryland’s urgent need to expand clean renewable energy.
This session will present the Sierra Club’s findings so far, and provide ample time for discussion of the issues with those attending.
7-9 PM, Thursday, October 19 at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD
Chasing Coral – Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis Movie Night
Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching”-a sign of mass coral death-has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater. Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography and startling emotional sense of emergency, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that is sure to move audiences to alarm and action. The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Mark Eakin, a Chief Scientific Advisor to the film. Please join us for this Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis Movie Night, 7 PM, Friday, October 13 at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD.
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Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis Film Night
In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
Discussion following the movie. Free, All Are Welcome. Light Refreshments Served.
Friday, September 22, 7 PM at Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, Md 21401.
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Climate Initiatives in Maryland
Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis and Maryland Climate Coalition Speakers Series
Stop The Potomac Pipeline
Brooke Harper, Maryland & DC Policy Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, will discuss opposition to the proposed pipeline under the Potomac River. TransCanada—the same company behind the Keystone XL pipeline—is threatening Maryland communities and the drinking water of hundreds of thousands with a proposed pipeline. The Potomac Pipeline would transport fracked-gas under the Potomac River and the C&O Canal.
Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative
Vincent DeMarco, Board Chair, and Jamie DeMarco, Campaign Co-Manager, will discuss the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative. The Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative will work to enact legislation to ensure that 50% of Maryland’s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2030. This same legislation will fund clean energy workforce development to establish career pathways for more Maryland workers to fill this growing industry.
This discussion is great lead-in to Climate in the Pulpits, an initiative to raise up Creation care and climate justice in Maryland congregations from September 15-17, 2017.
This discussion is free and open to public. All are welcome. Please join us.
Thursday, September 14, 7-9 PM at Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse, 351 Dubois Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401
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From the Ashes
Join the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis to watch and discuss an advance screening of From the Ashes, a groundbreaking new documentary produced by RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies. Presented by National Geographic, the film captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry, and what its future should be under the Trump administration. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often-heartbreaking stories about what is at stake for our economy, health and climate. The film invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.
Free, all are welcome. Light refreshments served. Discussion following the screening. Screening at 7:00 pm on Friday, June 23 at the Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse.
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Climate Change Policy – Advocating from a Faith Perspective
Come hear what values and methods faith-based advocates bring to climate change policy making and how policy makers respond to those values. The moral call for action on climate change is heard by policy makers from diverse political backgrounds. Learn what steps for advocacy and action on climate change you should be considering and how local faith-based groups can be effective climate change policy advocates.
Emily Wirzba, Legislative Representative, Friends Committee on National Legislation
Jose Aguto, Associate Director, Catholic Climate Covenant
Joelle Novey, Director, Interfaith Power & Light DC.MD.NoVA
Speakers Series sponsored by: Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis, Maryland Climate Coalition and Greater Annapolis Interfaith Network
Thursday, June 15, 7-9 PM at Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401
Free and open to the public.
All are welcome.
Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity
Please come hear Sara Via, Ph.D., University of Maryland Department of Entomology & University of Maryland Extension discuss the “Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity.”
The impacts of climate change are challenging the adaptation limits of plants and animals. Many are changing their geographic range, disappearing from areas in which they have lived for millennia and moving into new communities. Species interactions, which are responsible for much of Earth’s biodiversity, are becoming uncoupled as species respond to climate change in different ways. Few natural plant and animal communities will be unaffected, and many species will go extinct. The impacts of humans on the natural world have led many scientists to call the current era The Anthropocene, and during this era we are likely to witness the Earth’s sixth great mass extinction—caused entirely by human activity. In previous mass extinctions, 50 – 90% of species have disappeared, leaving an entirely reshaped Earth. This one is likely to be no different.
This is a Speakers Series event sponsored by the Maryland Climate Coalition and Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis.
All are welcome. This discussion is free and open to the public. Thursday, May 18, 7-9pm at the Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD.
Merchants of Doubt
Please join the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis to watch and discuss “Merchants of Doubt.”
This is not a film about the science of climate change, second-hand smoke, or risks of flame-retardants. It is about the tactics used (repeatedly) to mislead the public about that science. Most notably, these “merchants of doubt” foster unwarranted images of uncertainty and obscure scientific consensus, and even threaten the scientists themselves (and then joke about it). All the while they hide their sources of funding and conflicts of interest that might lead a reasonable person to measure their claims. The documentary evidence and testimony presented is compelling. Especially noteworthy is testimony by those who discovered the deceptions despite having prior sympathetic beliefs. Striking imagery. Amusing moments. But also chilling when one reflects how these voices obscure harms to our health and environment. Worse, they appeal to the banner of free speech and other “freedoms” (to do harm in the name of unregulated business), and imagine that sheer will or personal belief can trump sound scientific conclusions.
Discussion to follow the movie. Light refreshments served. Friday, May 12, 7-9:30 pm at the Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD.
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Sea-Level Rise Discussion
Come learn about expectations for sea-level rise in Annapolis and plans by the U.S. Naval Academy and the city of Annapolis to adapt to it. Lisa Craig with the City of Annapolis, Weather It Together and
CAPT Emil Petruncio with the U.S. Naval Academy Oceanography Department will discuss sea-level rise. This is a Speakers Series event sponsored by the Maryland Climate Coalition and Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis. All are welcome. This discussion is free and open to the public.
7-9 PM, Thursday, April 20 at Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before The Flood
“This is our last chance at combating climate change as we can no longer reverse the clock, but we can prevent it from getting worse. It is up to us whether we get lauded or vilified by the next generations.” Leonardo DiCaprio
Follow as DiCaprio interviews Pope Francis and President Obama, speaks to the U.N., and journeys with experts researching climate change impacts across five continents. This screening is cosponsored by Cafe Scientifique Annapolis and Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis. Free and open to the public. All are welcome. Please reserve your seat at http://www.csgannapolis.org/beforetheflood
Adaptation to Climate Change Panel Discussion
How can we respond to the changing climate? As climate change impacts grow in scope and intensity, private and public organizations and individuals are designing adaptation strategies. Join us to learn about adaptation strategies that Chesapeake Bay area states and relevant federal agencies are developing.
Panel Discussion cosponsored by the Maryland Climate Coalition and the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis. Panelists include:
Zoë Johnson, Climate Change Coordinator, Chesapeake Bay Program;
Karl Schrass, Climate Adaptation Manager, National Wildlife Federation; and
Sasha Land, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, MD Dept. of Natural Resources.
7-9 PM, Thursday, March 16 at the Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis MD 21401.
Reverse Global Warming: Carbon Sequestration in Soil / Talk with Michael Locklear
The Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis invite you to come and hear Michael Locklear discuss how plant photosynthesis can be used to pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and fix the carbon in the soil as humus, using organic farming methods. If done extensively, global warming can be reversed in as few as ten years. Michael Locklear is an independent researcher and consultant with 30 years experience in organic farming. He promotes adding minerals to depleted soils to increase plant nutrients and people growing their own quality food.
This talk will be held at the Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD on Saturday, March 11 from 2-4 pm.
Come see Groundswell Rising, Protecting Our Children’s Air and Water an insightful documentary from Emmy Award-winning Resolution Pictures that captures the passion of people engaged in a David versus Goliath confrontation over fracking in their community.
A discussion with three residents of Pennsylvania who have experienced the harmful effects of fracking activities in their homes and communities, as documented in the movie, will follow the screening. The discussion panel includes Craig Stevens, Ray Kemble and Lee McCaslin.
The Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis present Groundswell Rising on Friday, February 24 at 7:00 pm at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401. The event is free and open to public. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Climate Change and Food Security with Dr. Bert Drake
Come learn about food system challenges as climate change affects our atmosphere and weather with plant physiologist Dr. Bert Drake, Scientist Emeritus, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Dr. Drake will discuss what climate change means for the world’s food supply and its nutritional value. We will consider how our food choices contribute to and are affected by climate change.
This talk on February 16, 7-9 pm, at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD, is a speakers series event sponsored by the Maryland Climate Coalition and Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis.
All are welcome. This discussion is free and open to the public.
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Energy Efficiency and RGGI
The Maryland Climate Coalition and Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis present their monthly speakers series on January 19. The January topic is Energy Effiency and RGGI.
Please come learn about initiatives in Maryland to reduce CO2 emissions. David Smedick from the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter’s “Beyond Coal Campaign” and Deron Lovaas from the Natural Resources Defense Council will discuss the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the EmPOWER Maryland program and energy conservation in Maryland. RGGI is a market-based program among nine Northeastern states to cap and reduce CO2 emissions from the power sector and sell emission allowances through auctions. Proceeds are invested in energy efficiency programs such as EmPOWER Maryland.
All are welcome. This discussion is free and open to the public.
7-9 pm, Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401
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Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Before The Flood”
Before The Flood is a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. Follow Leonardo DiCaprio as he interviews Pope Francis and President Obama, speaks to the U.N., and journeys with experts researching climate change impacts across five continents.
A discussion will follow the movie.
Light refreshments will be served.
All are welcome. Free and open to the public.
This event is sponsored by the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis, Maryland Climate Coalition and Citizens Climate Lobby-Annapolis.
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