About Us

The Climate Justice Wing (CJW) of the Maryland Legislative Coalition is a collaborative community of over 30 grassroots and professional organizations and individuals primarily focused on state legislative advocacy, while also tracking and supporting implementation, to address climate change in a just and equitable way for all Marylanders. We inform, educate, and engage grassroots groups and legislators by serving as a source of expertise and advocating for critical climate justice policy. We work in partnership with other groups and coalitions and seek to support and lift-up the issues, needs, and goals of frontline communities and communities of color.

Our goals include:

  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions to achieve the state’s climate targets,
  • reducing our dependence on and use of fossil fuels (decarbonization);
  • increasing energy efficiency and electrification of buildings;
  • promoting transportation for the future (e.g., increased public transit, vehicle electrification, and bikeable/walkable communities);
  • drawing down carbon (including enhancing natural systems to cool the planet);
  • adapting to current and future climate change impacts;
  • improving resiliency to those impacts, particularly for disproportionately affected communities.

Since 2021, we have focused annually on two priority bills and have helped achieve several legislative wins, (i.e., 2021 Transit Safety and Investment Act, 2022 Climate Solutions Now Act, 2023 Community Solar Pilot Program). We submit testimony, write op-eds, and advocate in support of our priority and other climate justice and environmental bills.

In the future, we will continue to focus on climate justice, while expanding connections with issues of;

  • energy justice;
  • affordable, healthy housing;
  • waste reduction;
  • regenerative agriculture and food resilience;
  • forest preservation, restoration, and urban trees; and
  • a just transition to clean energy jobs.

Our Member Organizations (and Growing)!

Adat Shalom Climate Action
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church Environmental Justice Ministry
Chesapeake Earth Holders
Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility
Climate Parents of Prince George’s
Climate Reality Project
ClimateXChange – Rebuild Maryland Coalition
Coming Clean Network, Union of Concerned Scientists
DoTheMostGood Montgomery County
Elders Climate Action
Fix Maryland Rail
Glen Echo Heights Mobilization
Greenbelt Climate Action Network
Maryland Legislative Coalition
Mobilize Frederick
Montgomery County Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions
Montgomery Countryside Alliance
Mountain Maryland Movement
Nuclear Information & Resource Service
Progressive Maryland
Safe & Healthy Playing Fields
Takoma Park Mobilization Environment Committee
The Climate Mobilization MoCo Chapter
Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland