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The Eastern Shore is ground zero for the effects of climate change in Maryland. Fortunately, the Eastern Shore is also home to some of the most active environmental champions. Join the Sierra Club, and the Maryland Legislative Coalition for a special event that highlights the plans for combatting the issues that specifically affect the Shore, but are relevant to all of Maryland.

The Summit spans two days, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm each day.

Master of Ceremonies –
Matt Pluta, Choptank Riverkeeper and Director of Riverkeeper Programs, Shore Rivers

Facilitators –
Susan Olsen, Chair, Sierra Club, Lower Eastern Shore Group
Monica O’Connor, Maryland Legislative Coalition, Climate Justice Wing
Cecilia Plante, co-chair, Maryland Legislative Coalition

Day 1 Featured Speakers –
Senator Cheryl Kagan, Montgomery County
Senator Sarah Elfreth, Anne Arundel County
Delegate Dana Stein, Baltimore County
Delegate Brooke Lierman, Baltimore City
Delegate Lorig Charkoudian, Montgomery County
Delegate Vaughn Stewart, Montgomery County

Day 2 Featured Speakers –
Mark Posner, Sierra Club Maryland Chapter Legislative Chair
Martha Ainsworth, Chair, Maryland Sierra Club Zero Waste Team
Kristen Harbeson, Political Director Maryland League of Conservation Voters
Nina Cardin, Director, Maryland Campaign for Environmental Rights
Monica Brooks, Concerned Citizens Against Industrial CAFOs
Emily Frias, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Emily Scharr, MaryPIRG
Wandra Ashley Williams, Climate Xchange

Discussion will focus on topics specifically related to the Eastern Shore, such as farm system reform, pipelines, retiring coal plants, planting trees, approving new fossil fuel infrastructure, transportation and banning plastics. Additionally, topics which are more global, such as greenhouse gas reduction and provision of environmental rights will be covered.

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