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Harford County Calls for Action on Clean Energy

21 September 2014

A small but dedicated group of people gathered in solidarity with the People’s Climate March in downtown Bel Air near the Courthouse and rallied support among people of Harford County for sustainable energy and policies that promote clean energy and reduced carbon footprint.  Carrying signs and shouting “Climate Justice Now!”  and   “Clean Green Energy for All!” the group marched down Main Street, to Pennsylvania Avenue and into Shamrock Park where they paused near a shady tree and collected signatures from passersby.

Many people thanked the group for coming out and giving them a chance to show their support for clean energy.   The letter, addressed to Maryland legislators read:

Scientists warn us that climate change could accelerate beyond our control, threatening our survival and everything we love. We call on you to keep global temperature rise under the unacceptably dangerous level of 2 degrees C, by phasing out carbon pollution to zero. To achieve this, you must urgently forge realistic global, national and local agreements, to rapidly shift our societies and economies to 100% clean energy by 2050.

We stand united for clean energy and social and environmental justice for all.

Some of the comments people made while signing:

“I am a grandmother and I want to see that we leave a livable world for our grandchildren.” (NASA’s site on Climate Change)

“I can’t afford a Prius.  What can the government do to make clean energy affordable for someone like me?”  (More on government policy and electric and hybrid vehicles.)

“Other communities have already faced the disasters resulting from climate change.   We have to do something about it.”   (More on climate refugees.)

“We can reduce our carbon footprint by changing our diet.”  (More on the carbon footprint of food.)

“We need a revenue-neutral carbon tax.”  (More on revenue-neutral carbon tax.)

“Our minister is riding a bicycle from New York to Washington DC.”  (More on the People’s Climate Bike Ride.)

“Mom!  This is the march I was going to in New York!”  (More on the New York People’s Climate March and 2808 Solidarity events in 166 countries)

It was an uplifting day standing up and speaking out in support of sustainable development and climate justice and finding so much support in Harford County to take action to make clean energy a reality.

NEXT STEP:  Deliver the petition in person.  Congressperson Any Harris has an office in Bel Air.  If you would like to be there when we go to speak to him, please leave a comment and I will write back to you.

Here are some scenes from the Courthouse on Main Street and Shamrock Park:

The Harford County People’s Climate March brought together ordinary people to raise a collective voice in favor of sensible policies for a better world.  Some of the people who took part came from local organizations including Dine Kind and the Sierra Club Maryland chapter.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Maragaret Mead



  1. Lisa Kinney permalink

    Aravinda, it would please me to help deliver signatures to Rep Harris. I’d expect the reception to be polite but dismissive – yet it is so important for him to hear that this is an issue important to his constituents. When will you plan to go? This week is filling up quickly for us, but we can try…

    • Wonderful Lisa, you are the first to respond! I will call and ask for an appointment this week.

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