350 Loudoun is a local chapter of Bill McKibben’s international organization 350.org. 350 Loudoun is dedicated to building an awareness of human-induced climate change among the residents and businesses of Loudoun County. Through education, outreach, and civic action, 350 Loudoun aims to promote a sound understanding of human induced climate change and its impacts on our economy, national security, public health, local community and environment. Our efforts include working with elected officials to create a strong public policy response to climate change.
Community Forklift is a nonprofit reuse center for home improvement supplies. We pick up donations of unwanted and salvaged building materials throughout the metro DC region. Then, we make the building materials available to the public at low cost, and provide vintage materials for restoring old homes. We also offer public education about reuse, and distribute free supplies to local nonprofits and neighbors in need.
The Audubon Naturalist Society 's mission is to inspire residents of the greater Washington, DC, region to appreciate, understand, and protect their natural environment through outdoor experiences, education, and advocacy. ANS seeks to create a larger and more diverse community of people who treasure the natural world and work to preserve it.
Green Neighbors is an all-volunteer group of residents of the Petworth, Park View, Brightwood, and Columbia Heights neighborhoods in Washington, DC. Our goal is to lower our neighborhoods’ emissions of carbon and other pollutants that contribute to global warming and to make renewable energy and other sustainable resources more accessible to everyone in our community. We see ourselves as part of a larger District-wide, regional, national and international movement to preserve our climate and planet for future generations.'
We work to find real lasting solutions to some of the most devastating issues facing water quality throughout our region. Our staff of nine represent the only group in the Potomac Watershed to offer a unique focus on legal advocacy and reform to adequately protect our rivers and streams. Protecting the rights of 6 million Americans to clean water in DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
Through Interfaith Power & Light, hundreds of congregations are working together to respond to climate change. One of our most steadfast and cherished allies in our work is the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN). Across Maryland, in DC, and in Northern Virginia, religious communities are joining with CCAN organizers and CCAN volunteers to protect our climate. We're working to bend the arc so we don't have to build an ark!
Blue Water Baltimore’s mission is to restore the quality of Baltimore’s rivers, streams and Harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy and thriving communities.
Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus, and the example of Saints Francis and Clare, the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is a collective Franciscan voice seeking to transform United States public policy related to peace making, care for creation, poverty, and human rights.
In 2013, the Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC), partnered with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide services to out-of-school youth through the Montgomery County Conservation Corps (MCCC). MCCC uses a comprehensive approach to working with youth 17-24 years of age. Participants are provided with opportunities to earn their GED and gain hands-on experience while completing projects in regional parks designed around conservation principles.
Climate First! strives to quickly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and promote the use of clean energy in the Mid-Atlantic region, primarily through grassroots organizing and nonviolent direct action against corporations.
The Green Souls mission is to educate, inspire, and organize members of the church to lead more environmentally sustainable, just, and spirit-filled lives, individually and collectively. Working to decrease our internal environmental footprint and create a greener, healthier DC, the group successfully guided the church through the Green Sanctuary application and sponsors trash-free Sundays, fair-trade product sales, recycling of church bulletins and other paper, and children's programs.
Envision Frederick County is a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded on the principle that diversity, informed public discourse and active engagement of individuals and groups in our civic life is essential to our mutual well-being and prosperity. We are dedicated to enhancing the social, economic and environmental vitality and sustainability of our community.
The "Keep Winter Cold" Polar Bear Plunge is CCAN's biggest fundraising event, powering victories to move our region off of fossil fuels and to clean energy. Each year, activists, friends and families show their commitment to fighting climate change by jumping in the icy Potomac River at National Harbor.
This year, as the plunge turns twelve, we're aiming to raise $85,000 to support CCAN's work and make this our biggest plunge yet!
WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 2017. Check-in opens at 10:00AM. Program starts at 11:00AM.
WHERE: National Plaza, National Harbor, MD
Why should I help?
Human-made greenhouse gases are trapping more heat in the atmosphere, accelerating the increase in global average temperatures. Climate change is impacting our friends, family, neighbors and, yes, the polar bears. By taking the plunge, you'll raise awareness and help fund solutions across MD, VA and DC.
We ask plungers to set a goal of raising $350 or more. Why 350? 350ppm is the level of carbon scientists say we must return to in order to keep winter cold. But don't stop at $350, we'll have special prizes for top fundraisers and more!
To help you get started, we've put together a toolkit with sample emails and other fundraising tips. See the toolkit here.
You can mail us a check. Help us avoid credit card fees by mailing any donations above $250. Put the full name of the plunger you are sponsoring in the memo line: