On the evening of Nov. 13, 2017, at least two dozen concerned citizens gathered at the Van Gough Cafe in the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore to discuss how to get more involved in the ongoing fight against climate change. Repair the World organized the event, “Your Voice, Your Earth: Take Action,”in partnership with the Pearlstone Center, Baltimore Jewish Council, and Charm City Tribe.
The highlight for many attendees was hearing from two local legislators: U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin and Maryland State Delegate Dana Stein.
Stein brought attention to a number of bills he is currently working on related to environmental preservation and clean energy. Stein is trying to gather support for Maryland to join the 14 states that already make up the U.S. Climate Alliance, a group that vows to maintain its commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, regardless of the federal government’s stance. In a Nov. 22 op-ed for the Baltimore Sun, Stein wrote, “Today, the U.S. Climate Alliance comprises a bipartisan group of 14 states — including Virginia, Delaware, New York, and Connecticut — and Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, Maryland is not among them.”
Cardin came straight from BWI airport, returning from the Bonn Climate Change Conference in Germany, where he was part of an unofficial American delegation along with former Vice President Al Gore and former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg.
Cardin shared his optimism following the conference with the group in the cafe. In the end, Stein and Cardin both advised that if constituents keep making phone calls to representatives and businesses continue to invest in clean energy, progress will follow. In this manner, each individual is capable of making an impact on a local level and beyond, they said.
By Jake Max
Jake Max is program manager of Charm City Tribe in Baltimore.