Keith Harrington of Chesapeake Climate Action Network made this illustration based on thousands of pages in the state’s draft plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Find out more at meetings tonight in Silver Spring and Thursday in College Park.

Hot enough? Dry enough? Consider this the prequel for life on this planet as our SUV-economy, fired by fossil fuels, changes the climate into something much less habitable. The Maryland Department of the Environment has a draft plan, to be finalized by December, that would reduce by 25 percent over the next seven years the greenhouse gas emissions we are pumping into the atmosphere. Is this enough? Will the programs in the plan work? 

Public meetings are scheduled tonight and Thursday where you can learn more and so make more informed comments about the plan to state officials.  At the meetings, representatives from Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Sierra Club will talk about the plan’s good points and shortcomings. The meeting tonight is from 7 to 8:30 at the Silver Spring Public Library, 8901 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. For more information, contact Keith Harrington from CCAN at 204.396.1985. The meeting Thursday is from 6 to 8 p.m. at College Park City Hall, 4500 Knox Road. For more information about that meeting, contact Chris Hill of Sierra Club,

Email your comments to the state Department of the Environment at by Aug. 17.