Interfaith Power & Light, Maryland Sierra Club, and other caring folks across the state know that it’s time to move Maryland beyond coal, for good.
Maryland still has two coal-fired power plants with no plans to close, pouring pollution into our communities and threatening us all with an ever-warming climate. That pollution makes folks sick — causing asthma attacks in young people and heart and breathing problems for our elders. As we battle COVID-19, a disease that attacks the lungs, we’ve seen that the communities forced to breathe the most air pollution get sicker than those where folks breathe cleaner air. And for our damaged climate, Maryland’s two coal plants are indefinitely polluting the equivalent of an extra 750,000 cars on Maryland’s roads every year.
Together with artist Caryl Henry Alexander, we’re inviting you to imagine a Maryland where we no longer burn climate-damaging fossil fuels.
Some families are lighting Advent candles this month; others will light Hanukkah candles next week, or Kwanzaa candles December 26th-January 2nd. Some will shine lights from upstairs windows, others will drape lights from trees and balconies.
- You’re invited to download this sheet, decorate it, and take a photo of your own household with any of the lights of the season, envisioning a future where we can live and thrive together without fossil fuels. (Or print the full-color art, here.)
- Tag the photos #LightingtheWayMD on social media, or share them here.
When the 2021 legislative session begins in January, we’ll gather these photos together to raise our voices in support of just transition legislation that sets Maryland’s remaining coal-fired power plants on a timeline for retirement, and does right by the workers they currently employ. Their workers in our communities deserve economic support, job training, and a path forward. We must light the way to a world where everyone has clean air and water and an honorable livelihood, too, where no one is left out or left behind.