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Action-A-Day 2/21: Save the Earth

ACTION: Regarding EarthDay April 22, 2017: Start preparing today to find ways to organize your thoughts, words and actions for Earth Day as Everyday. Our precious planet is constantly under attack. We are its guardians. Furthermore what we do or don't do today impacts the future for ALL of us, our children, grandchildren and so on. The entire natural world lives in a balance which has been undermined and is dangerously approaching and experiencing major problems. However, like slowly turning the Titanic from the Iceberg, we can avoid a looming disaster if we act now. Like the activists of the 1970s, it is our duty to work to keep the air, water, and soil clean. This issue relates to Healthcare, National Security, Resource Protection, and Education. Today there are four actions to choose from:

To Do:

ACTION ONE.....

Begin finding ways to talk to people about the earth and its protection. Become a climate and environmental mini expert. Then share the knowledge and practical advice. Help others to understand the urgency to act now, act today, act always to protect the home and life that many take for granted today. Watch the following short videos which explain the science and psychology behind Climate Change, in easy to understand simple language. Then share them with friends, family and especially your children.

It's Okay to be Smart: Climate Science:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ffjIyms1BX4

Katherine Hayhoe, Global Weirding, If I Just Explain the Facts, They'll Get It, Right?https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nkMIjbDtdo0

It's Okay To Be Smart: Psychology of Climate Change
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=y2euBvdP28c

Bill Nye Practical Climate Science101 to Know and Share
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EtW2rrLHs08

ACTION Two.....

Support the FRACKING BAN! HB 1325. There is not yet veto-proof support for a complete ban. So your phone calls and writing make a difference. Fracking, like all polluting industries, needs to be addressed on the largest feasible scale – in this case Maryland as a state. There are lots of sponsors so be sure to find out what your rep’s position is on the “ban” bill when you call – they are happy to get friendly support! The hearing in committee on HB 1325 to ban fracking in Maryland is Wednesday 2/22. Citizens can submit written testimony (35 copies, hand delivered) to the Environment and Transportation Committee by 11:45 am on Wednesday so it can be included in the bill packet. This will ensure all the committee members know how much support the bill is getting. Make sure to include your name, the bill number, the committee name and your position (support the Bill). Make it colorful, highlight or bold sections you want to make sure jump out at the committee members. And provide a copy to your delegate and Senator.To see if your rep is a cosponsor: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx

DISTRICT 4

Sen. Michael J. Hough (R), District 4
James Senate Office Building, Room 403
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3704, (301) 858-3704
e-mail: michael.hough@senate.state.md.us

Del. Kathryn L. Afzali (R), District 4
House Office Building, Room 326
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3288
e-mail: kathy.afzali@house.state.md.us

Del. Barrie S. Ciliberti, District 4
House Office Building, Room 324
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3080
e-mail: barrie.ciliberti@house.state.md.us

Del. David E. Vogt III (R), District 4
House Office Building, Room 326
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3118
e-mail: david.vogt@house.state.md.us

DISTRICT 5

Sen. Justin D. Ready, District 5
James Senate Office Building, Room 414
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3683, (301) 858-3683
e-mail: justin.ready@senate.state.md.us

Del. Susan W. Krebs (R), District 5
House Office Building, Room 324
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3200
e-mail: susan.krebs@house.state.md.us

Del. April R. Rose (R), District 5
House Office Building, Room 320
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3070

Del. Haven N. Shoemaker, Jr. (R), District 5
House Office Building, Room 320
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3359, (301) 858-3359
e-mail: haven.shoemaker@house.state.md.us

DISTRICT 9

Sen. Gail H. Bates (R), District 9
James Senate Office Building, Room 401
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3671
e-mail: gail.bates@senate.state.md.us

Del. Trent M. Kittleman (R), District 9A
House Office Building, Room 202
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3556
e-mail: trent.kittleman@house.state.md.us

Del. Warren E. Miller (R), District 9A
House Office Building, Room 403
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3582
e-mail: warren.miller@house.state.md.us

ACTION THREE.....

Do the little things that cumulatively DO Make A BIG Difference. Especially when Billions of us world-wide, join together to do them. Do these daily and make this your lifestyle.:

*Save Money, Save Time Save Resources when you turn off lights and electronic devices upon leaving a room.
* Recycle and reuse materials, goods and gifts.
* Reuse plastic and paper bags. Better still opt for natural fiber reusable bags like cotton or hemp, or make your old shirts into shopping bags;
* Give away /don't throw away items. Give these things to charities or other people and keep useable items out of the Land fills. 
* Walk, ride a bicycle, carpool or take public transit when possible.
* Look into gas saving vehicles next time you purchase a vehicle, for example electric or hybrid options.
* Use and Look at renewal energy sources: electric, solar, wind, and hybrid options. Support the businesses that are helping to Re-green the Earth.
* Incorporate these new improved technologies into your daily living.

ACTION FOUR......

Attend the March for Science planned for EarthDay, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Washington DC.
--------The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFO: "As President #45 and his administration attempt to normalize ‘alternative facts,’ they will inevitably try to use similar sophistry to debate climate change. With the new cabinet so blatantly in favor of corporate wealth and expanded oil and gas development, climate change is one reality that is certain to be on the list of inconvenient facts to be denied, deleted from federal websites, and discouraged from being disseminated. Despite unequivocal agreement within the scientific community and evidence conclusively demonstrating a cause and effect relationship between the planet’s warming due to human activity – primarily fossil fuel combustion – and a host of dangerous climate change impacts, we can expect to see heavy-handed censorship of scientific information about how and why the global climate is changing from this climate-change denying administration."

------Excerpt from: A Case Study of Political Interference, Censorship, and Suppression of Federal Climate Science Under the Bush-Cheney Administration: A Cautionary Tale for the Trump Administration
http://www.climatesciencewatch.org/2017/02/02/a-case-study-of-political-interference-
censorship-and-suppression-of-federal-climate-science-under-the-bush-cheney-administration-
a-cautionary-tale-for-the-trump-administration/

Thanks to GG., PhD Physics and Engineering, and TWW-MD for this action idea.