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The Clean Energy Jobs campaign

Across Maryland, our faith communities understand that burning fossil fuels for electricity is pouring heat-trapping climate pollution into our atmosphere, causing climate change that hurts our neighbors, close to home and around the world. For too long, here in Maryland, communities of color, our children, and our elders have paid for dirty energy with their health. That’s why we’re preaching about our call to care for creation and it’s why we’re working to save energy and shift our sanctuaries to cleaner power.

Working together with labor, health, and environmental groups, we’re forming a grassroots movement to expand and strengthen Maryland’s clean energy law (Renewable Portfolio Standard, or RPS):

• Our traditions teach that the wind and sun are blessings, and state RPS laws are a powerful tool for advancing clean energy like wind and solar power. We’re seeking to expand Maryland’s RPS to require half of our energy come from renewable sources by 2030.
• In hard times, families turn to their religious communities for assistance, and we see the critical need for good, family-supporting jobs. We’re seeking to fund clean energy workforce development to ensure that our neighbors, particularly women and people of color, prosper in the clean energy economy.
• Over the last few years, we’ve seen polluters try to impose trash incinerators on low-income communities of color, most recently in Curtis Bay. Such facilities shouldn’t count as “renewable,” and we’re seeking to eliminate trash incineration from Maryland’s RPS as a critical first step in strengthening the law to fulfill its purpose of expanding clean energy.

 

Take Action


• Ask you faith leader or congregation to sign onto the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Resolution (form below)

Resources

Speaking Out for Creation: Maryland Legislative Briefing Call Agenda & Resources – Find information and resources on 3 of Maryland’s environmental priorities from the 2018 legislative session
Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Campaign Faith Cover Letter – Share this letter in your faith community to educate them about the Clean Energy Jobs campaign from a faithful perspective!