National climate action leader Bill McKibben to join Maryland legislators to discuss precedent-setting bills that will strengthen the state’s climate response and public transportation
WHAT: Virtual rally sponsored by the Climate Solutions Now Coalition to support key climate-related bills in the General Assembly, including the Climate Solutions Now Act (SB 414/HB 583), the Transit Safety and Investment Act (SB 199/HB 114) and other measures.
WHO: Speakers to include:
- Bill McKibben, national climate action leader and co-founder of 350.org
- Senator Paul Pinsky, lead sponsor of the Climate Solutions Now Act
- Delegate Dana Stein, lead sponsor of the Climate Solutions Now Act
- Delegate Tony Bridges, a sponsor of the Climate Solutions Now Act
- Senator Cory McCray, lead sponsor of the Transit Safety and Investment Act
- Delegate Lorig Charkoudian, lead sponsor of the Public Safety Commission Climate/Labor Test legislation (HB 298/SB 83)
- Representatives from Coalition member organizations
- Henry Cole, Clean Air Prince George’s County
- Fr Richard Meadows Jr., Priest in charge of St. James Episcopal Church, westside and St. Michael and All Angels, Eastside
WHEN: Monday, February 22, 2021; 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Media representatives are invited to attend the event and ask questions of legislative sponsors and advocates. Click here to join the zoom call.
Members of the environmental community, advocates, scientists, faith leaders, frontline community leaders, and others from across Maryland will join key legislators for a virtual rally to support groundbreaking climate legislation — including the Climate Solutions Now Act and the Transit Safety and Investment Act.
The Climate Solutions Now Act would accelerate the state’s use of clean energy sources, plant millions of trees, move the state toward an electric/hybrid vehicle fleet and commit new resources to underserved communities most affected by environmental hazards and climate change. The Transit Safety and Investment Act would require the state to expand spending on our public transit system, which has suffered from the worst breakdown rate of any comparable transit system in the country.
The rally is the start of a week of action by climate activists, including grassroots lobby meetings, in which they will be virtually lobbying key legislators across the state for their support of these bills. The event is sponsored by the Climate Solutions Now Coalition, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, CCAN Action Fund, Sierra Club-Maryland chapter, Indivisible Howard County, Blue Water Baltimore, HoCo Climate Action, Mobtown Ballroom, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and others.
This event will be recorded and streamed live on facebook.
February 22, 2021