1) ISO Kehila member/s who live/s in Tom Hucker’s (District 5) to join Rosanne Skirble in a meeting with Tom Hucker to discuss local environmental issues. Rosanne represents Kehila in monthly meetings of the Montgomery County Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions. MC-FACS is coordinating meetings with all the members of the Montgomery County Council to advance a climate agenda supported by the faith community in Montgomery County.
2) Miracles in the Making
Miracles happen right outside my front door. 2018 was an especially good year. Alongside the eye-popping pink and white cherry blossoms, the migant monarchs, and fiery red Japanese maples, a surprise. Last March a powerful windstorm felled a Blue Spruce we had planted for our son, born on December 25th, 29 years ago. Now that tree, branches akimbo was lying across our lawn. Only the stump remained. We noticed something curious in that stump. A bug, with time on its hands and artistic aspirations in its heart, had engraved love across annual rings in the shape of a heart. Beside the stump we planted lilac bushes in a rich bed of home brewed compost. As the bushes settled in, other volunteer blooms popped up: first, tomatoes that were quickly harvested by deer, then a long vine that didn’t seem to interest any scavengers. That vine inched over and under the lilacs, taking its time to flower. All that wandering finally produced a single fruit that grew and grew and took shape into one grand cantaloupe. We ate it and all its sweetness for Rosh Hashanah.
3) Environmental Priorities before the Maryland General Assembly
The Maryland General Assembly began its annual 90-day session on January 9. Kehila’s own Mark Posner, Maryland Sierra Club Legislative Chair reports that the Maryland Sierra Club has endorsed an ambitious action plan, which includes the following provisions:
Get Maryland on the path to achieving 100% clean energy by 2040 by enacting the Clean Energy Jobs Act with strengthening amendments, & a bill to provide for long-term clean energy contracts
Ensure that Maryland conducts rigorous, independent reviews of new, proposed fracked-gas pipelines utilizing the authority under the federal Clean Water Act
Require detailed, pre-approval reviews of proposed large transportation projects, such as Governor Hogan’s highway-widening plan, to evaluate climate and air-pollution impacts
Ban single-use foam food containers statewide. Montgomery County already has a ban.