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Stop Global Warming Party on Monday, Sept. 20

It’s been a tough year: in North America, oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico; in Asia some of the highest temperatures ever recorded; in the Arctic, the fastest melting of sea ice ever seen; in Latin America, record rainfalls washing away whole mountainsides.

Since we’ve already worked hard to call, email, petition, and protest to get politicians to move, and they haven’t moved fast enough, now it’s time to show that we really do have the tools we need to get serious about the climate crisis.

So Yum Cafe in Salisbury is having a party!

On Sept. 20, at 7:00 p.m., Yum Fresh Local Café will hold a viewing of the movie The Age of Stupid, presented by Christine Compton. This event will be held in preparation of the upcoming 10/10/10, a day created by 350.org dedicated to addressing the growing issue of global climate change. Yum wants to encourage our local community be active in the fight against global climate change. Come out and enjoy a good movie and good food!

For more information on 10/10/10: www.350.org. For more information on the Yum event: 410-546-3559 or 410-546-1534.

Town Hall Meeting on Offshore Wind Power, Sept. 23

Did you know that we could supply one-third of the region’s power needs with wind turbines 10 to 20 miles off the East Coast? There is a proposal to build a “Wind Farm” off of Maryland’s coastline, much like they are planning to do in New Jersey and Delaware. According to the environmental advocacy group Environment Maryland, this is another great opportunity to move our region one step toward a clean energy economy and create home-grown jobs.

A town hall meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 23, 6:30–8:30 p.m., at Dewees Hall in the Saint Paul’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, located on 302 North Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, MD. Learn about the best sites and the impact development of offshore wind power could have on Maryland’s economy. More information: www.environmentmaryland.org/action/ocean-city-town-hall.

Fighting Invasive Plants

The Baltimore Sun has an informative article (and a related blog posting) about the State Highway Administration’s efforts to fight invasive plants along the Jones Falls Expressway in Baltimore, a lesson applicable to gardeners throughout the state: the article is www.baltimoresun.com/features/green/bs-gr-jfx-defoliation-20100901,0,3211334.story; the blog posting is http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/features/green/2010/09/fighting_invasive_plants_on_th.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+B-moreGreen+%28B%27More+Green%29.

The Costs of Sprawl

The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) has compiled a rich source of information about the costs of sprawl development, including reports on studies of many aspects conducted throughout the country. This information is available on the MDP’s Web site: http://planning.maryland.gov/OurWork/sprawlcosts.shtml.

Deadline Extended: WET Seeks Executive Director

WET is looking for an executive director. Details are available on our Web site, http://www.wicomicoenvironment.org/. Application deadline has been extended to Friday, September 17, 2010. Thanks for helping us get the word out.

WET Still Needs Volunteers to Host Seagull Century Participants

WET is seeking volunteer hosts to participate in a fundraising project to support WET’s work to protect the environment.

Local supporters would offer a room (or rooms) in their homes to house participants in the Seagull Century Bike Ride (October 9–10), and the proceeds would go to WET (guests donate $80 per night for a single or $100 per night for a double). It would be a fun way for hosts to meet new friends with an interest in supporting the environment (cyclists who choose to participate would know that the money they were paying for housing would go to a local environmental organization), and a great way to help WET raise money in a creative way.

Since the ride is on Saturday, many cyclists will opt to stay only one night (Friday, October 8). A few may want to stay another night (Saturday) to take in additional activities on Sunday. Hosts may decide whether they want to include a continental breakfast for their guests; that will be up to each host and we will inform the guests in advance.

We are looking for hosts to help us offer rooms in homes. For further information or to sign up to help us with this important fundraiser, please contact Barry Johansson at 443-614-4122 or email wet@wicomicoenvironment.org. Thank you so much for considering this request and passing it along to others.