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. But changing public policies are only half the battle. As individuals, and in our institutions, our behaviors can go a long way toward healing -- or harming -- the watershed. 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.
- Frederick County faithful successfully advocated for forest protections in 2020. Read more about the legislation here.
- Maryland Legislature considered a Ban on Plastic Bags, which did not pass in the Covid-19 truncated 2020 session. Our coalition of advocates is regrouping right now to prepare for the 2021 campaign. Read more about last year's efforts.
- Maryland passed a Ban on Chlorpyrifos in the 2020 legislative session, but then Governor Hogan vetoed it in June. Efforts are underway to bring up this fight again in January 2021. Read more about the past campaign.
- A bill to close Maryland’s 6 remaining coal-fired electrical plants and provide transition support for affected workers was introduced for the first time ever, but did not pass in 2021. Being the first year it was introduced we were not expecting it to pass, and were pleasantly surprised at the robust support it did receive. Read more about this effort.
- 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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