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Harford County Climate Action: Trees. Plants. Butterflies. Oh My.

The Harford County Climate Action organization is an indefatigable, volunteer-run organization fighting to protect their area and the positive effects generated reach far beyond this county in Maryland.

Last year, HCCA hosted a lecture about native plants. Then sold them the following week. And they are offering this flora again this year on May 19, 2023.

A senior scientist specializing in the end of species is letting people know that the Monarch Butterfly is facing extinction. She adds that pollination and hosting such beautiful insects unites all types of people. So join together with your neighbors to support these natural visitors.

The native plants being sold will support the Bel Air Five: Monarch Butterfly. Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly. Spicebush Swallowtail. Great Spangled Fritillary. Unicorn Caterpillar Moth.

From top left to right: Monarch Butterfly by captain-tucker, Silvery Checkerspot by Melissa McMasters, Spicebush Swallowtail by Thomas Shahan,

and Great Spangled Fritillary by Joshua Mayer

Unicorn Catepillar Moth by Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren

Invite them all to your next picnic. Or use the app linked at the bottom of the post to identify species in your area.

HCCA is doing so much more. There is an ongoing fight to protect Abingdon Woods, a beautiful forest area slated to be destroyed to build another warehouse when so many in proximity are empty and dormant. Abingdon Woods is bordered by residential areas, two elementary schools, and two houses of worship. In addition to increased water and air pollution, the project will subject school children and residents to 24 hours a day of toxic diesel pollution, traffic, noise and light pollution. With at least 18 vacant warehouses and the soon to be empty JC Penny’s complex all within ten miles of this forest. This project is against every moral and ethical standard for land use, public health, and the environment. This is the largest remaining unprotected forest in the Bush River Watershed. Open Space funding and other monies are likely available to purchase this forest.

Scenarios like this are happening everywhere. Forests are being destroyed. There is always new construction in protected areas. Zoning laws are dense and arcane. Money too often dominates public policy.

What can you do? Support this group or find or start a similar organization in your town. Plant/read/learn and fight. Visit the website to see all the activities and focus of this amazing group.

iNaturalist here is the app!


What can you do with the money you don't spend on Tuesday?

Consider supporting organizations like Harford County Climate Action


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