ABOUT the Chesapeake climate action network

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the first grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Our mission is to build a diverse movement powerful enough to put our region on the path to climate stability, while using our proximity to the nation’s capital to inspire action in neighboring states, regions nationwide, and countries around the world.

We envision an equitable energy future where truly clean sources of power — efficiency, solar and wind — sustain every aspect of our lives, and dirty fossil fuels are phased out; where communities now sacrificed to the fossil fuel industry – from South Baltimore to Southwest Virginia and beyond – have won the freedom to decide where their energy comes from and how it’s used; and where we’ve kept the increase in the global average temperature below 1.5 degrees Celsius, protecting the most vulnerable communities in our region and the world from the worst impacts of climate change.

Take it from 350.org founder and this year's BRRRR-tual Polar Bear Plunge keynote speaker, Bill McKibben,

"CCAN is the best regional climate organization I've ever seen, anywhere in the world."  


Maryland: We are focusing on passing a climate stimulus policy that will reinvigorate our economy in 2021 and transition the state off of fossil fuels for good, while also focusing on energy efficiency and job creation. We are continuing to work with other organizations and our grassroots supporters to stop new fossil fuel infrastructure development in the state.

Virginia: We will continue to challenge the construction of the fracked-gas Moutain Valley Pipeline, while also organizing behind a statewide fossil fuel moratorium and the expansion of public transportation infrastructure. 

National: We must make our voices heard and let our leaders know that the fossil fuel industry must be held liable for the climate crisis and their climate science denialism over the past half century, which has detrimentally delayed climate action and the transition to clean and renewable energy and infrastructure.