Climate Action Team

Mission

To actively engage at the local, state and national level to encourage policies that reverse the effects of Global Climate Change, build Climate Resiliency and reduce single-use plastics. 

Climate Crisis – So Much to Do, So Little Time

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the complexity of mobilizing to meet global crises. But the pandemic is just a rehearsal for the disasters the earth will face due to climate crisis.  The Maryland State Legislature has less than 60 DAYS to make a difference. 

So much to do, so little time –

 

In Maryland, rising sea levels are eroding 3000 miles of coastline and flooding over 265,000 acres of low-lying areas. Smith Island is being swallowed by water. Ellicott City was walloped by two historic floods over two years. The pounding surf is eroding the beach at Ocean City. “Sunny day” flooding is inundating downtown Annapolis and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. 

So much to do, so little time –

In urban areas emissions from fossil fuels are contributing to nationally high rates of asthma, lung disease and cancer.  Maryland residents of color and those from challenging socioeconomic backgrounds bear a disproportionate burden of cancer risk from toxins in the air and are more likely to live in proximity to polluting facilities such as compressor stations, landfills, and incinerators.

So much to do, so little time –

Maryland is uniquely situated as a state – particularly vulnerable to climate change and well-positioned to act.  We could be a leader in clean energy solutions.  Already we have carbon caps, wind and solar initiatives and offshore wind power legislation.  But greenhouse emissions from transportation and buildings have not been addressed.

Transportation is the largest source of pollution in Maryland with 40% of greenhouse gas emissions.  Electricity contributes 30%.  The use of gas, heating oil, and propane in buildings, primarily for space and water heating account for 18%. 

So much to do, but we can do this!!

In the next 60 DAYS the Maryland Legislature can pass the Climate Solutions Now Act to set emissions standards, laws for electrifying buildings and vehicles, measures to ensure Environmental Justice, while fueling the new green economy

Want to help? The Climate Action Team is working everyday of the next 60 DAYS to urge BOLD ACTION in Annapolis.  Contacts: BarbaraMatheson@verizon.net RDeutschmann2@gmail.com

 

 

2020-2021 Accomplishments

The Climate Action Team was part of a state-wide coalition of environmental groups, forming a powerhouse of over 75,000 citizens.


An amazing 
25 bills passed in Maryland Legislature:

Maryland Transit Safety and Investment

Electric MTA Buses

Southern Maryland Rapid Transit

Clean Cars Act

Electric Vehicle Recharging Stations Multi-family

Electric Vehicle Recharging Stations Residential

Incineration Ash Recycling Removal

Composting

*Tree Planting

Low Impact Landscaping

Composting HOAs

*Net Zero Homes

Utility Regulation

Community Choice Energy

Removable Energy Portfolio Standards Black Liquor Removal

Gas Service Regulation Safety

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Net Energy Metering

Renewable Energy Portfolio Addition Rural Electric Coops

*Clean Energy Innovation/Investment

Climate Counsel Act

Electric and Gas Supply

*Maryland Environmental Service Reform Act

*Commission on Environmental Justice

 

2021-2022 Goals and Plans

 

Inspired by 2020 and 2021 achievements and the urgency of the climate crisis, we continue to advocate at the local, state and national levels.

 

• Reduction of greenhouse gases to 60% by 2030 
• Transition of Electric Vehicles in state fleet and school buses; additional charging stations
• Expansion of Clean Energy requirements and incentives
• Establishment of Sustainable Building requirements in government buildings
• Remediation of the inequity of climate pollution to insure Environmental Justice 
• Build relationships with state and county governments to strengthen environmental coalitions.
 

Coalition Building

The Climate Action Team has worked hard to build and work with other groups such as Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, Howard County Climate Action and others. This provides a strong political movement of over 75,000 coalition members.

Contact: Richard Deutschmann (rdeutschmann2@gmail.com); 

               Barb Matheson(barbaramatheson@verizon.net)

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