Climate change is happening right here in Maryland, right now. The effects of climate change are harming our people, our agriculture, our communities and our ecosystems. We’re witnessing rising seas, summer heat waves, and more frequent and violent thunderstorms.
All of these changes affect Maryland’s citizens, their livelihoods and the State’s economy. The time to act is now. Please take a few minutes to thank Governor Martin O’Malley for moving forward to address climate change--he needs to know that Maryland residents support him.
Under Governor Martin O’Malley’s leadership, Maryland is moving forward to address climate change with a Plan that will reduce greenhouse gases 25% by 2020.
The Plan encompasses more than 150 programs and initiatives that will result in an estimated $1.6 billion in economic benefits, support more than 37,000 jobs and positively impact public health. The Plan is a comprehensive, multi-sector, multi-agency plan that incorporates many innovative strategies. The Plan is good for Maryland and will support a green economy, preserve valuable agricultural and forest land, aid in restoring Chesapeake Bay, diversify energy sources, and promote renewable energy.
Please take a few minutes to thank our Governor by signing this letter today.
I’m very concerned that Maryland is among the states most vulnerable to climate change and that rising sea levels, along with increased storm intensity, will have devastating and far-reaching environmental and economic impacts on the Chesapeake Bay and on the quality of life Marylanders enjoy. I am also aware that there is a high cost of inaction and that you and the many agencies you worked with to create the Plan are taking actions now to safeguard our communities from climate impacts we are already seeing and expect to see in the future.
Thank you again for showing great leadership regarding climate change while you have been in office, you are a champion and and an advocate for the health of our environment and Marylanders.