The Environment/Science Team advocates for protection of the environment and to educate members and voters about environmental issues. The adverse effects of fossil fuel extraction, combustion and disposal on climate change are a particular focus. We take actions to oppose and obstruct attempts by the Trump Administration to dismantle hard fought environmental protections and to cut funding for science and research. We encourage use of green energy sources, such as solar and wind, as safe alternatives to fossil fuels. We are also engaged in opposing efforts to undermine the recovery of the Chesapeake Bay, a critical natural and economic asset, run-off of pollution and antibiotics into local waterways, and environmental injustice. We work in conjunction with national and state environmental groups with significant knowledge in the field as a guide to action.

What We’re Doing Now

We’re engaged in outreach to Environment/Science teams in other local and national groups, including Indivisible Montgomery, Indivisible MoCo, Mom’s Clean Air Force, Cedar Lane Universalist Unitarian Church, Maryland Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Action Network and others.

We’ve just started planning a summer forum to educate DTMG members and coalition partners about the impact of the proposed FY18 budget cuts on science and the environment, and what we can to do to stop them.

 We’re actively calling on Governor Hogan every chance we get (see Action to the right) to join the United States Climate Alliance along with other leading edge states including California and New York.

HOGAN QUESTIONS CLIMATE ALLIANCE

The other day Gov. Hogan made it pretty clear that if he has his way Maryland won’t join the alliance when he said, “We’re not sure what the intention of the group is.” Just maybe, he ought to find out! The USCA is a group of states and cities opposed to Trump’s decision to abandon the 2015 Paris climate agreement who came together to demonstrate that while Trump has officially put us at odds with the entire global community by thumbing his nose at any US commitment to reduce global warming, the people of the US will uphold, if not exceed, our commitments.

Hogan fails to understand that having state standards that are more ambitious than the now-abandoned US goal is, if anything, more reason for Maryland, a national leader in greenhouse gas emissions reductions, to join. The commitments of states like Maryland and California are critical to the US being able to meet or exceed that discarded goal. Check out our action on the right.

What have we done:

  • Action Alert for comments to protect Bears Ears National Monument
  • Action Alert for calls/tweets to Ivanka Trump and business CEOs on the President’s Advisory Council to stay in Paris Accord
  • Action Alert for letters to Gov. Hogan and comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) about the dangers of the proposed Eastern Panhandle Pipeline to bring fracked gas under the Potomac River and the C&O Canal. 
  • We played an active role in supporting the passage of a statewide ban on fracking in Maryland. This is the first statewide ban in a state that has frackable resource.
  • We helped promote and participated in the Science March and the People’s Climate March.
  • Together with 350MoCo and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, we were active in the fossil fuel divestment campaign in Maryland.

Contact us: environment@dothemostgoodmoco.org