Marylanders Gather in Support of Offshore Wind

Wildlife advocates in Maryland joined with hundreds of offshore wind supporters to make history.

Maryland Circle of SupportIt is not every day that we have an opportunity to help make history, but on the evening of April 2nd wildlife advocates joined over 400 other advocates to form a "Circle of Support" for offshore wind around the Maryland State House.

The event brought people together to show the widespread support  and encourage lawmakers to vote in favor of clean, offshore wind--which is a critical step to reduce global warming pollution and protect the future of wildlife.

Maryland's state house is the oldest state capitol in continuous use and over the last 240 years has been the site of countless policy debates and public demonstrations. Yet, not even long-time activists and lawmakers could recall people coming together to form a full ring around the state house ever happening before.

Supporters Gather at State House

With just days to go before the critical final vote on the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2012, Marylanders from every county in the state came together in Annapolis to make history.

Wearing bright blue t-shirts with the slogan "Wind Words for Maryland" and holding signs calling for "Green Jobs Now!," the crowd gathered on historic Lawyer’s Mall in front of the State House as members of the Maryland General Assembly were entering for the evening session.

Governor Martin O'Malley kicked off the evening with a rousing call to help push the bill over the finish line and was followed by community, faith, and student leaders all echoing the broad support for clean, offshore wind power.

As dusk settled on Annapolis and the remarks concluded, the sea of individuals each holding an illuminated miniature wind turbine filed out of Lawyer’s Mall to form an unbroken ring around the State House. To everyone walking or driving by or looking out of office windows, the circle of support was a glowing symbol of the call for clean energy.

Maryland Offshore Wind Advocacy in 2012

The event during the final week of the 2012 legislative session was the culmination of more than two years of effort by environmental leaders, community organizations, businesses, and students to transition to a clean energy economy and harness the winds blowing off the coast of Ocean City.

In the 2012 legislative session, NWF Action Fund supporters sent hundreds of messages to their Senators and Delegates in the Maryland General Assembly urging them to bring clean, renewable offshore wind energy to the state.

Although the clock ran out on the final day of session without the final vote on the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act in the Senate, we made incredible progress over the last year and will be back to celebrate victory in 2013!

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