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#GivingTuesday, a global day of giving.
More info posted in future.
-29th: Climate march/rally in Wash., D.C. More info posted in future.
Club, Maryland - Maryland chapter of the nation-wide
organization, the Sierra Club.
Climate Action Network - When it was formed in 2002, the
Chesapeake Climate Action Network was the first grassroots, nonprofit
organization dedicated exclusively to fighting global warming in
Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
350.org - A
climate group that was founded by author Bill McKibben and a group of
university friends that now has supporters all over the world.
Climate Lobby - A fast-growing grassroots, nonprofit
advocates for national policies to address climate change, in part by
supporting volunteers to engage with elected officials and the media.
Grist - A
hard-hitting blog with daily
posts on the environment, including climate and energy issues.
Progress - An award-winning blog with in-depth information on
energy and climate issues.
- A web-based environmental news service that leverages enviro news for
Central - A website that features independent leading
scientists and journalists who engage in research, and report about
climate change issues.
1. Carrie Biggs-Adams, Treasurer (California)
2. Jean Boucher, Secretary (New York)
3. James Collins (Delaware)
4. Ted Conwell, President (Maryland)
5. Brian Higgins, Vice-President (Maryland)
6. Molly Snyder (New York)
P.O. Box 5815
Takoma Park, MD 20912 USA
(301) 589-7598 (mobile)
In view of the threat to the stable climate that Earth’s inhabitants
have enjoyed for the last 10,000 years, Climate First! strives to
quickly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and promote the use of
clean energy in the Mid-Atlantic region, primarily through grassroots
organizing and peaceful direct action against corporations and related
- There is little argument among reasonable
people that the Earth’s climate is changing largely due to the
ever-growing concentration of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the upper
- Some scientists, including Dr. James Hansen, a
highly respected climate scientist who recently retired from NASA, have
been warning that the world may not have more than a decade or two to
dramatically reduce GHG emissions; otherwise the climate will exceed
various ecological tipping points, thereby subjecting the world’s
inhabitants to an unstable climate for centuries.
- Other researchers, including some from the
well-respected Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, support a
somewhat more conservative view that dramatic emission reductions
or four decades will be sufficient to avoid the worst of climate
- Climate First! believes that the U.S., far and
away the leader in historical GHG emissions, must immediately take a
leadership role and significantly reduce its GHG emissions, if the
world is to have any chance of preserving a stable climate for future
- Current: Hey American Banks: “Stop Financing
the Climate-Wrecking Dakota Access Pipeline!” Numerous banks in the
U.S. are bankrolling the construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access
Pipeline (DAPL), which could carry up to 570,000 bbl of oil per day
from N. Dakota to Illinois. Native Americans in N. Dakota oppose
the 1,100 mile long DAPL due to possible drinking water contamination,
and damage to their sacred lands.
More broadly, building a new pipeline that will deliver massive amounts
of low-cost oil to market will undermine
the climate goals which the U.S. agreed to at the Paris Climate
Agreement in 2015.
Join upcoming peaceful actions against a yet-to-be-determined U.S.
bank. Info re specific actions to be posted in the future. If
Q’s, contact Ted at
- Suspended temporarily: "Hey Talen Energy! Stop
Maryland's Air and
Climate With Your Dirty Wagner Coal Power Plant." Climate First! is
working to end coal use at the Herbert A. Wagner Power Plant near
The very old coal-burning facility at the power plant – it first
in 1966 – is well-known as one of the dirtiest units in the
emitting large amounts of pollution, including sulfur dioxide (SO2) and
Talen Energy, the Pennsylvania-based energy corporation that owns the
Wagner power plant,
must be held accountable for its air pollution, and climate-wrecking
carbon emissions. The
Wagner Coal Power Plant campaign will involve peaceful direct actions
and tactics to pressure
the PA company to end coal use at the plant in the near future. FIRST
ACTION: send letters
to Paul A. Farr, President & CEO, Talen Energy Corporation, 835
Hamilton Street, #150, Allentown, PA
18101, and request that his company close the Wagner coal power plant
immediately. Additional actions will be announced in
- Terminated: "Hey Morgan Stanley - Get Your
Out of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining!" Climate First!
has terminated its campaign against the U.S.-based investment firm,
Morgan Stanley, due to the bank issuing a new policy in late 2015 that
reduce over time its financial involvement with mountaintop removal
(MTR) coal mining in the
Southeastern U.S. This was a VICTORY!
- Terminated: "Stop Keystone XL pipeline!"
Climate First! has terminated its campaign against the building of the
KXL pipeline due to the U.S. President rejecting the climate-wrecking
project. This was a VICTORY!
Actions and Photos
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-On February 20, 2016, Climate First! held its
-On July 26, 2015, Climate First! held its 2nd
-On December 7, 2014, Climate First! held its
1st Annual Meeting.
-On August 4, 2014, the Internal Revenue
Service awarded tax-exempt
to Climate First! under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The IRS further determined that the organization was a public charity
under Code section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi). Finally, the Agency established
effective date of tax exemption was November 16, 2012.
-On November 16, 2012, Climate First! became a
corporation in the State of Maryland.
Monetary gifts, which are tax-deductable to
the full extent of the law, can be given via the PayPal link (vendor
deducts a %) on this
website. Or, monetary donations can be sent via USPS to
Climate First!, Inc., P.O. Box 5815,
Park, MD 20912. Non-monetary gifts (such
as furniture, computer, etc.) are welcome as needed.
The organization's current need: computer.
Report for 2013
awarding tax-exempt status to Climate First!
Remarks by President Obama on
Climate Change at
Georgetown University - June 25, 2013
"...science, accumulated and reviewed over decades, tells us that our
planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on all of
the President's speech on youtube.
the President's speech in text
Former Vice President Al Gore hailed
President Barack Obama's climate change speech as "historic" and "the
best address on climate by any president ever."
"I applaud the new measures announced by President Barack Obama this
afternoon to help solve the climate crisis -- particularly the decision
to limit global warming pollution from existing as well as new power
"Following the important pledges he made in both his inaugural address
and State of the Union speech earlier this year, and the historic gains
in renewable energy and fuel efficiency that the President delivered in
his first term, the policy changes he announced today represent
important steps forward in the battle to halt catastrophic climate
"This action -- if followed by skillful and thorough execution of the
plan -- has the potential to fundamentally alter the course of our
nation's energy infrastructure development and help to promote a
sustainable future. On the international front, this action will
bolster U.S. credibility and moral authority in negotiations with other
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