“Acting on Climate in Maryland”

Jaime DeMarco examines the current climate movement, addressing how we talk about climate change as well as how we can move past scientists and polar bears and begin speaking from a place of deep personal experience. Additionally, he will speak about what to expect in Annapolis in the coming legislative session and what you can do to play a vital role in transforming Maryland’s energy future.

Jamie DeMarco is a Clean Energy Fellow in the summer fellows program of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN). DeMarco’s story is personally engaging. He notes “By the time I graduated high school in Baltimore, my eyes had been opened to the harmful costs of the lives we live. I took a gap year and traveled to Ecuador in an effort to escape the modern world and lived in a bamboo hut with an indigenous man. I grew attached to the primary rain forest we inhabited, but I learned that oil companies were actively trying to buy the land to clear it for oil extraction. When I returned to the states, I resolved not to ride in cars in an effort to combat what I had seen. I kept that up for two years until I became involved in organizing and decided that if we want to shape our world then we have to engage with it more systematically.” Now an undergraduate at Warren Wilson College in Asheville NC, he is double majoring in chemistry and in environmental education. He began working at the CCAN this past summer and will continue through the fall as he has “greatly enjoyed fighting for a livable future.” A short bio of DeMarco may also be found at http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/welcome-ccan-summer-fellows.

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