Category Archives: Current Actions & Campaigns

TAKE ACTION: Review and comment on the Montgomery County Climate Action Plan

Picture Available from: Montgomery County Climate Action Plan and One Montgomery Green.

In the fall/ winter of 2019, the Montgomery County Executive formed six community climate workgroups to work on recommendations for the County’s Climate Action Plan, a stategic plan to reach our climate and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals. The workgroups covered the following climate areas: Transportation, Buildings, Carbon Sequestration, Clean Energy, Climate Adaptation, and Public Engagement & Education (ANS participated in the Transportation Workgroup). These recommendations along with the technical consultant groups will help craft and create the guidelines, recommendations and pathways to reach the county’s 2017 Climate Emergency Resolution GHG reduction goals which are:

  1. reduce 80% of GHG emissions by the year 2027 and
  2. reduce 100% of GHG emissions by the year 2035.

 

[one_third padding="0 5px 0 0"]Currently, we are in phase II and phase III of the Climate Action Plan (See the diagram to the right). Now that the workgroups have finalized phase II, the county residents can now read, comment and fill out a survey on the recommendations presented by the six workgroups. Read: Recommendations website, Summary of recommendations, Consolidated list of all 850 recommendations.  The County Executive's staff estimates that the draft Climate Action Plan will come to the County Council by this fall and might be implemented early next year.[/one_third]

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Graph from Climate Workgroup Recommendations Overview Presentation. Available from: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/green/climate/climate-workgroup-recommendations.htm

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TAKE ACTION: Give feedback on any or all of the 850 workgroup recommendations: https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/409/Issue_8239

TAKE ACTION: Survey on all workgroup recommendations: https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/409/Issue_8290 

TAKE ACTION: Register to Vote Now!

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A poster nailed to a telephone pole. The poster reads, "VOTE" with an American flag in the upper left corner and a large blue arrow pointing to the left.

Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons

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We are in the middle of the 2020 election season, and it's as important now as ever to make sure that you are registered to vote. Voting for people who represent your values and will take action to protect the environment is one of the most powerful ways you can fight climate change. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many elections in the region have been postponed. Make sure you know when your state’s elections are and what the deadline to register to vote is:[/one_half_last]

Maryland:

  • The presidential and congressional primary elections have been postponed to June 2nd, 2020. The deadline to register to vote is May 12th, 2020. Early voting runs from May 21st-28th. Mail-in voting is available. Same-day registration on June 2nd is also available. Check your registration status here and register to vote here.
  • There is a special general election for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, which will be held on April 28th, 2020. The registration deadline for this election is April 7th.

Virginia:

Washington, D.C.:

  • The presidential, congressional, and D.C. Council primary elections will be held on June 2nd, 2020. The deadline to register to vote is May 12th, 2020. Early voting at the D.C. Board of Elections runs from May 16th-29th. Ward-specific early voting runs from May 21st-29th. Mail-in voting is available. Same-day registration on June 2nd is also available.
  • A special election for Ward 2 Councilmember will be held on June 16th, 2020.
  • Check your registration status here and register to vote here.

Voting by mail is crucial in making sure that elections still happen during this pandemic, but it isn't allowed in many states.

TAKE ACTION: Sign this petition to demand that vote by mail must be available to voters all over the country!