"Action is the Antidote to Despair" - Edward Abbey

Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 10:00 AM
Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park, Takoma Park

Earth Day in Takoma Park, Maryland is Coming Soon!

Takoma Park's Earth Day Celebration is coming this Saturday, April 20, 2024. Join this local event that is part of an annual world-wide celebration to demonstrate support for environmental protection, conservation, and sustainability. The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, and it now includes a wide range of global happenings that reach 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.

At Takoma Park's Earth Day event, there will be fun and interesting things to do for everyone in the family, including snow cones, face painting, art activities and educational materials about sustainability programs. Also, look over the EV showcase, attend a guided tree walk, and learn about the various environmental involvement opportunities in your community. Climate First! and other groups will be attending the event. See "details" below.   


What: City of Takoma Park will celebrate Earth Day 2024.
When: Saturday, April 20, 2024, 10 am to 2 pm, EDT. (Rain date is April 21st).  
Where: Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park Playground, at the intersection of Houston and Kennebec Avenues in Takoma Park, MD.    
Misc: For more information on the event, go here. As a leader in the sustainability movement, the City of Takoma Park celebrates not just Earth Day, but Earth Month.

Monday, April 22, 2024 at 12:01 AM

Climate First!'s Earth Day Fundraiser

Climate First! is holding an online fundraiser this coming Earth Day, Monday, April 22, 2024.  Please donate to the nonprofit as we continue our fight to save the climate. All donations, up to a certain amount, will be matched. 

Image: Potomac State Forest is an 11,535-acre 
state forest in western Maryland. Source: msa.maryland.gov.

Major U.S. banks are continuing to invest massively in climate-wrecking fossil fuels despite the world's warming recently exceeding, for the first time ever, 1.5 degrees Celsius over a 12 month period. While limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius was one of the main goals agreed to by nearly 200 nations in the Paris Climate Accord in 2015, it seems that the large U.S. banks have chosen to ignore it.    

Over the last few years, Climate First! and other groups talked to high-level employees in the major banks in an effort to convince the lenders to start reducing their funding of fossil fuels. Unfortunately, the activists in the meetings nearly always heard just constant greenwashing, while the banks helped the U.S. oil producers set a record for U.S. oil production in 2023.

As a result, Climate First! is now busy revising its strategy vis-a-vis the major banks. We are now pushing the climate-polluting banks towards green banking (AKA "ethical" banking), or encouraging institutional clients of the lenders to demand them to do "right by the climate", when we are not "calling them out" in protests for their unprecedented amounts of funding in dirty energy.

To continue our critical work, Climate First! needs your financial help to cover expenses involving communication, travel, as well as office equipment and rent. Any donation amount (which will be matched up to a certain amount) is appreciated. 


Image: Sharing information on green banking at 
TH!RD ACT'S national "Day of Action" event
in Washington, D.C.; 3-21-23.

Please give generously to Climate First! on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, 2024 at this link:

https://www.climatefirst.us/donate . Thank you.


Monday, May 06, 2024 at 07:30 PM

Climate First! Board of Directors Meeting



On Monday evening, May 6, 2024, Climate First!, Inc. will hold its monthly Board of Directors meeting online. If you wish to see the inner workings of a small nonprofit working on the most critical issue on earth, and/or you want to consider serving as a Board member for the organization, join us. Please contact Ted Conwell, Board President, at least three days ahead of the scheduled meeting. After receiving your contact information, he will email you a Zoom invite link and other necessary things for the meeting. See "details" below.


                          Image: Ivan Frishberg, Chief Sustainability Officer at Amalgamated Bank,
                                      giving the keynote talk at Climate First!'s online Annual Meeting; 2-25-24.

What:  Climate First!'s Board of Directors meeting.
When:  Monday, May 6, 2024, at 7:30 pm EDT, for about one hour, 45 minutes.
Where: The meeting will be held via Zoom.   
Misc.: To attend the Board meeting, please contact Ted at [email protected]. In
           addition, if you have other questions or issues, please don't hesitate to contact him. Guests, of course, can
           leave the Board meeting whenever they want to.