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  • May the Forest Be With Us!

    Wednesday, July 17, 2019

    By Ben Alexandro, Water Policy Advocate

    This legislative session, we saw huge wins in Maryland for the environment. We banned Styrofoam take out containers, paved a path for Maryland to produce 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, and protected oyster sanctuaries. But while these grabbed headlines, the two bills I am the most proud of are two small forest bills that you might not have even heard of. One provides for a study of forest loss in Maryland and the other fixes a loophole in Maryland’s Forest Conservation Act. Why are these so important to me? They hit close to home.

  • 2019 Legislative Wrap Report

    Thursday, April 25, 2019

       

      The 2019 Maryland General Assembly enjoyed another successful session.

      Be sure to check out the low-down on which bills passed and which didn't,

      and just what to expect looking forward. 

      Read the WRAP-UP here

     

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    Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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    Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    Maryland is now poised to become the 8th state committed to at least 50% clean energy by 2030!

    With less than an hour to go before Sine Die, Maryland’s climate coalition overcame numerous hurdles and won passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. The coalition was seemingly everywhere in Annapolis the last few weeks and Maryland LCV led a robust campaign including paid radio ads, a full page ad in the Capital Gazette, a digital campaign that reached over 200,000 people and hundreds of calls to key committee members that helped force the bill through the Economic Matters committee and back into play the last weekend of session. The bill wasn’t a total victory—a provision to eliminate credits for incineration didn’t make it through the house committee despite passing the full Senate, but action by the Baltimore City Council in February may close Baltimore’s incinerators regardless. The legislation now heads to Gov. Hogan, who we hope will sign the bill, though the coalition built enough support to override a veto if necessary

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  • Mourning Mike

    Monday, April 8, 2019

    Michael Erin Busch, Maryland’s longest serving Speaker of the House, always exemplified what it meant to be a leader, particularly when it came to the environment. As a lifelong coach, mentor, and collaborator, he knew the value of teamwork and built coalitions with skill and ease to accomplish a number of environmental victories during his more than three decades in office.

     

    In 2010, Speaker Busch was awarded our prestigious John V. Kabler award for environmental organizing. At the time, our then Board Chair Fred Hoover had this to say, “Speaker Busch’s many accomplishments include protection of our waterways, oyster restoration, protection of critical areas and allowing citizens the ability to have their voices heard through changes in Environmental Standing Laws. He is willing to tackle complex budget issues that benefit all of us and under his efforts have made Maryland a national leader in the fight against climate change and air pollution.”

     

    Speaker Busch’s district was one of the most forward thinking and environmentally sensitive in the state. He was influential in the creation and funding of the Chesapeake Bay Trust Fund that encourages restoration of our waters, supported legislation updating the state’s Critical Areas law, and broadened environmental standing rights to give citizens a voice in furthering environmental protection in the state. One of his final acts as a state legislator was pushing through landmark oyster protection laws just days ago, book ending his legacy as a champion of the Chesapeake Bay.

     

    We mourn the loss of this leader, environmental hero, and friend.

    Mike Busch receiving Maryland LCV's/s Kabler Award in 2010
  • INTERN TURNED LOBBYIST: Taking on Capitol Hill with Choose Clean Water Coalition

    Friday, March 22, 2019

     

     

    March 18, 2019 

    by Annie Amrhein

    As I passed through security heading into Longworth, one of the three House office buildings located on the Hill, I was immediately engulfed by the buzz of activity. From Capitol police officers escorting protesters down the hallway, to congressional staffers hustling about to various interest groups gathered together in the cafeteria, it was clear the day was already in full swing at 8:30am. Peter Marx of the Choose Clean Water Coalition, and my supervisor at Maryland LCV Ben Alexandro, discussed our strategy and overall game plan for the day, and before I knew it, we were heading to the Rayburn building via the underground tunnel to meet with Maryland Congressman Andy Harris. And so it began, we were off to the races!    

  • Training the Next Generation of Pro-Environment Women Leaders

    Monday, March 4, 2019

    By Craig Auster, PAC & Advocacy Partnerships Director

     

    The 2018 midterm elections were historic: women, people of color and LGBTQ+ candidates ran for office – and won up and down the ballot – in record numbers. From the very beginning, it was clear that this new group of diverse candidates emerged, in part, because they were concerned by President Trump’s attacks on our democracy, health, equal rights and the environment, and running for o

    ffice was an effective way to make change and fight for their communities.  

     

    We at LCV were determined to help translate this energy to success on the 2018 ballot.  So, early in the cycle, we joined EMILY’s List, Rachel’s Network, and many of our partners in the climate and environmental justice movement to support and help prepare pro-environment women candidates to run for office. And given its success, we’re at it again, training women candidates to run for office in 2020.  

  • 15 Environmental Justice Organizations Call for Del. Lisanti's Resignation

    Thursday, February 28, 2019

    Environmental Community Statement on Del. Mary Ann Lisanti

    Our organizations work together across Maryland on environmental issues. To us, that work is an integral part of the larger work for social justice. We strive to protect the natural world out of a concern for people, communities, and future generations. People can only thrive in a healthy ecosystem on a living planet. And too often, the same racism that has deprived people of color full access to wealth and opportunity has also deprived them of access to clean air and water. 

    Our organizations put our faith behind Harford County Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti as she emerged to play a leadership role in advancing a critical climate initiative for our communities. But Del. Lisanti’s racist outburst calls into question her respect for the leadership, staff, volunteers, and members of our organizations, as well as the people we advocate for. 

    Our organizations will not remain silent when the foundation of our work is to lift up communities engaging for our shared values across the state and to promote a healthy environment for all Marylanders. The act of crafting public policy as a Maryland elected official is a privilege and requires a fundamental respect for every person affected by those policies. With regard to Del. Lisanti’s comments in the Washington Post, alcohol is never an excuse for racism or racist behavior. Comparing racist epithets that dehumanize us, our partners, friends, and neighbors to mere profanity is equally unacceptable because it minimizes the past and present systems which weaponize difference.

    We hope that Del. Lisanti will engage in rigorous soul-searching and anti-racism, anti-oppression training that could turn this offensive episode into a truly meaningful growth experience not just for herself, but also for her colleagues, constituents, the people of Maryland, and for everyone across the country who rejects implicit and explicit racism and hatred across our nation. 

    Our trust and confidence in her leadership is lost, especially on environmental issues that are core to our missions. Serving as a state elected official and being a state-wide leader on climate justice requires the full faith and trust of all Marylanders. Unfortunately, Delegate Lisanti spurned that trust and, as such, we believe the best course of action is for her to resign as a member of the House of Delegates.

    Meanwhile, there is much work to be done. We urge Governor Hogan and the leadership of the Maryland Senate and Maryland House of Delegates to pass bold laws in 2019 that underscore our state's commitment to progress in the areas of environmental health, economic justice, and racial equity as prescient matters of social justice. 

    Organizations:

    Maryland Environmental Health Network 

    Sierra Club Maryland Chapter

    Chesapeake Climate Action Network

    Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA)

    Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV)

    Earthjustice

    Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland

    Energize Maryland

    Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility

    Clean Water Action

    Citizens Climate Lobby, Maryland

    Food & Water Watch

    The Earth Coalition

    National Wildlife Federation Mid-Atlantic Regional Center

    Maryland Conservation Council

  • Let's talk about Tuesday Night

    Thursday, November 8, 2018

    The clear winner for Tuesday night was Maryland's environment. And that is all thanks to you. Check out our list of endorsed candidates to see how they performed.

     

    Thanks to pro-conservation voters, volunteers, and donors, 86% of our endorsed candidates won! Maryland saw record-breaking turnout during early voting and on election day with over 2 million votes cast in Maryland.

     

    That is phenomenal, and a large turnout means Marylanders are standing up for their communities and making sure their voices are heard. You not only voted, you turned out to support these candidates through volunteering and spreading the word. Through the Maryland LCV Political Action Committee, we doorknocked and called nearly 20,000 voters in priority districts - that is all thanks to your support.

     

    The candidates who ran on environmental issues have been pounding the pavement door-knocking, calling, participating in debates and forums for many months and all their hard work has paid off. While not all of our candidates won, we saw candidates embracing the environment as a winning issue.

     

    Our endorsed candidates have pledged to protect our air, land, and water and we look forward to working with them to fulfill your environmental values.

     

    So take a rest now, Friend because in January, we are going to need to come together to fight for a stronger Maryland. This next legislative session we are going to have some big asks because we don’t have time to wait.

     

    We need to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act to increase our renewable energy in Maryland, secure stronger water protections, and encourage smarter growth to mitigate climate-related weather disasters. We have our environmental champions in place at the county and state level to secure these gains but we’ll need your help to ensure that campaign promises are turned into action.