Public policies are needed to bring about major change and to undo the harm that has been done to our environment, specifically the watersheds of the Chesapeake region. As individuals, and in our institutions, our behaviors can go a long way toward healing -- or harming -- the watershed. But changing public policies offers lasting, systematic change. We all have a moral obligation to engage both in the political process and to adopt behaviors that ensure justice and respect for the entire web of life.
2022 Maryland Campaigns
- The Environmental Human Rights Amendment seeks to place in the Declaration of Rights of our state constitution the right of each person to a healthful environment. This amendment would be self-executing and allow each person (including communities and organizations) the right to protect themselves against environmental degradation caused by or allowed by the government.
Read more here!
- Global leaders are calling for the conservation of 50% of Earth’s landmass. The Maryland the Beautiful Act is Maryland’s response to President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad and his Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful report, which sets a new national goal of 30% of U.S. lands permanently preserved by 2030.
Read more here!
- Want to learn more about these exciting pieces of legislation? Check out our recording of the 2022 MD Legislative Briefing, and join us in advocating for environmentally conscious policy in 2022! Additionally, check out this accompanying resource document, filled with helpful contacts, advocating strategies, bill information, and more!
We Need Congregations and Individuals to Fight with Us
- Use your voice for justice. Individuals can sign up to be an Advocacy Volunteer which will include you on our Action Alerts every two weeks (for Marylanders) and notices of national or other local policy activism. Please complete your address information so that we can target our emails to you for only those policies relevant to your geographic location.
Congregations can advocate, too. A powerful statement is to write a letter on your congregational letterhead and send it in to your representative. Not sure what congregations are legally allowed to do?
- These slides explain what 501c3's can and cannot do. Yes, congregations can lobby! These slides will explain what that word means -- and what it doesn't.
- Here is a recording of a webinar on this same topic.
Some of Our Past Campaigns...
- Legislation to increase funding to maintain existing public transportation vehicles and increase jobs in the public transportation sector, with a long-term plan of transitioning to a zero-emission fleet by 2024. Read more.
- Frederick County faithful successfully advocated for forest protections in 2020. Read more about the legislation here.
- IPC was asked by the Choose Clean Water Coalition to speak out in support of the newly formed Environmental Justice Caucus. We gathered 160 signatures to encourage Senators to join the caucus. Read more about this effort.
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