August 4, 2015
Lesser Celandine is invasive in 19 states in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest according to the U.S. National Forest Service. It forms large, dense mats on the forest floor and displaces nativespring ephemeral wildflowers. We have been removing it at many of our preservation sites so that native plants, and the butterflies and birds that depend on them, can recover. Please take a minute to send a message to your members of Congress urging them to vote for restoration and expansion of research by the Federal Government on host specific biological controls of Lesser Celandine and other non-native invasive species.
July 24, 2015
Jose Marquina is a summer intern at the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter.
July 20, 2015
Baltimore’s Beyond Coal team has been hard at work this summer on several fronts in our battle to clean up Baltimore’s dirty air, transition from our antiquated and poorly-regulated coal-fired power plants, and grow cleaner, greener energy sources. We’ve been working to pass stronger pollution control protections on nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide, devising a strategy for building our relationships with Baltimore’s diverse communities and growing the capacity and diversity of our volunteer base in Baltimore, attending and testifying at stakeholder hearings, and planning for a major outing and demonstration in August.
July 17, 2015
Join The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Maryland Commission on Climate Change for a discussion on the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan. This is a fantastic opportunity to find out how the state is doing, meet Commissioners and tell us what the future of Maryland looks like to you.
July 15, 2015
As six year-old Tal Kosten stood before the audience, his mother Maranda described the difficulty of explaining air pollution to her children after a trip to the pool was cancelled during a code orange air quality alert three weeks ago. How, Maranda posed, does a parent protect their child when the very air they breathe is harmful? Parents can protect against the sun with sunscreen, but there is no way to filter the air other than forcing children to stay inside. At this point, Tal chose to speak, saying that “it's no fair that kids around Baltimore cannot go outside in code orange,” and asking for the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to help him and other children like him in the state.
July 15, 2015
This blog post was originally published on June 30, 2015. "Today, love triumphed at the Supreme Court. By ensuring that every American has the right to marry the person they choose, this decision moves our nation one huge step closer to ensuring that our founding promise of equality is fully kept. This is a victory for millions of loving couples across the country who will finally see legal obstacles to their marriages torn down. Further, it is a victory for every American who strives to see all our most basic rights secured, from equal protection under the law to the rights we all have to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities."
July 15, 2015
Baltimore, MD – At a hearing in front of the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) today, citizen activists and concerned groups urged the Department to implement strong smog protections originally adopted in January 2015. Rather than implementing those protections, the Hogan Administration has proposed an inadequate, short term, and dramatically weakened half-measure to Maryland’s air pollution crisis. In fact, not a single person testified in support of these rules at the hearing.
July 15, 2015
With a statewide moratorium on fracking, the MD Natural Gas team is working with the Don't Frack Maryland coalition to update our strategy and want your help. Our top focus is to promote local fracking bans and restrictions in counties and cities across Maryland. We are also focusing on public education, and we'll be showing movies and doing education sessions around the state.
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