Open House Boosts CCAN Membership Levels

Mike Tidwell and Susanna Murley knew the show must go on despite the threat of severe thundestorms all over Takoma Park, and CCAN supporters and new members still flocked to the Tidwell house to learn how to get involved to promote a cleaner, safer future for our world.

Guests were greeted at the front door with drinks and ventured inside to a nice spread of fruits and vegetables to nibble on while meeting each other and members of the CCAN staff. Around 30 guests converged on the Tidwell house to meet fellow climate activists and listen to climate leaders, Mike Tidwell and Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin, speak about climate issues that affect Maryland and abroad.

Senator Raskin focused on the recent victories of the Maryland Clean Cars Act and promised to help lead Maryland to the forefront of the climate movement. State level legislation has become the power tool for the climate movement because of the backward pace at the federal level. Senator Raskin hopes that Maryland will soon be in the ranks of California and New York in the coming years. He also announced his appointment to the Governors’ Commission on Climate Change which was created to design a comprehensive energy plan for the state of Maryland.

Mike Tidwell spoke of the need for support to keep up the good work of CCAN and of course, pledged his allegiance to the climate issue as the defining issue of our time. The new members at the party kindly reached for their pocketbooks and joined CCAN.

Not only were the party and membership drive a success, but the new members offered promising ideas and hope to the climate movement! Oh yeah, it never rained a drop!