Sept 4 – “Understanding the Climate Change Problems and Seeking Solutions”

Make plans to join us this Thursday, September 4th, at the University City Regional Library (Map) for an important program – “Understanding the Climate Change Problems and Seeking Solutions“. Dr. J. Jason West of UNC Chapel Hill will speak at 6:00 PM about one of the most pressing issues moral issues of this generation. Come out and learn more so that you can do more to protect the planet.

This program will be an excellent primer for the Charlotte Citizens’ Climate Hearing on Tues, Sept 9 and to help people develop oral or written comments for the proposed EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

See you there!

Sept 4 Climate Change Program Flyer

 

6 Buses from North Carolina to Sept 21 People’s Climate March – Sign Up Today!

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There are now 6 BUSES FROM NORTH CAROLINA being organized for the people’s Climate March in NYC!!!!!!! 3 from the Triangle area and 1 each from Asheville, Boone and Charlotte. Seats are filling up fast so reserve a seat today!

AshevilleBus Captains Debby Genz dgenz@skyrunner.net and Mary Olson maryo@nirs.org

Boone – Contact Bus Captain Dave Harman dh.harman@hotmail.com

Charlotte – Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/charlotte-bus-to-nyc-peoples-climate-march-tickets-12748748851 or contact Bus Captains Hanna Mitchell hanna.mitchell@greenpeace.org and Bill Gupton at wmgupton@aol.com

Triangle Area – 2 buses being coordinated by Bus Captain Caroline Hansley caroline.hansley@greenpeace.org. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/triangle-bus-to-nyc-peoples-climate-march-tickets-12748714749

Triangle Area – 1 bus being coordinated by Greenway Transit/The Forest Foundation Bus. Sign up at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1W6YZN7yoiiDvBmhiwjNNjHwn394ajgXhesjlWsBkRqI/viewform?usp=send_form .

Reserve your seat today! Prices vary by location.

Happy 70th, 50th, 40th, 30th Birthday Party

At our August monthly meeting last night we had a Happy 70th, 50th, 40th, 30th Birthday Party! What you ask is a 70th, 50th, 40th, 30th Birthday Party?

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This is a special year for NC and Charlotte outdoors!

Smokey 70th

This is the 70th anniversary of the Smokey Bear Wildfire campaign – Happy 70th Birthday Smokey Bear! 

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The 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act – 50 Years of Wilderness

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The 40th anniversary of Char-Meck Park & Rec – Happy 40th Birthday Mecklenburg Park and Rec!

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And the 30th anniversary of the NC Wilderness Act – 30 Years of NC Wilderness

 

Here is Mary Lou Buck doing the birthday honors!

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And don’t forget that the celebration continues! You need to Celebrate Your Wild Side and Sign Up Today for Our Wild NC Celebration – September 26-27 at Morrow Mountain State Park. It’s going to be a wild time with folks from across the state.

Reminder – Monthly Meeting Tonight, Aug 27 at 6:30pm, “Char-Meck Sustainability Report”

Sustain Charlotte 2014 Report Card

Please join us on August 27 for a presentation of Sustain Charlotte’s just released 2014 Charlotte-Meck Sustainability Report Card. Over a year in the making, this Report Card reviews the status of nine major categories relevant to our overall sustainability, including comparisons with national trends, and with suggestions as how we can improve. Overall compared with national trends Charlotte-Meck gets a “C”. Given that the Charlotte City Council has chosen to have ” … be a global leader in sustainability …” as one of its’ focus goals, this letter grade is disappointing.

Sustain Charlotte will be represented by Meg Fencil who will conduct the presentation and discussion.

As usual, pizza will be served around 6:30pm. We will have a short business meeting at 7pm. And the formal presentation will begin around 7:15pm.

We meet at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte, NC. Plenty of free parking is available.

See you there for this timely presentation.

David Robinson
Chair, Central Piedmont Group Sierra Club

Celebrate Your Wild Side – Sign Up Today for Our Wild NC Celebration

Celebrate Your Wild Side – Sign up Today for Our Wild NC Celebration!  This is going to be a great weekend of hikes, special events, and good times. Watch this short video to get fired up and then Sign up Today for Our Wild NC Celebration!

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Hope to see you all at Morrow Mountain State Park for our biggest celebration of the year!  We have a wide variety of outings to keep you busy and engaging speakers to keep you entertained!
Nancy Card
NC Sierra Club Wilderness Celebration Committee Chair

 

Here’s some information about cabins, camping, and local accommodations. Reserve your spot by contacting Nancy Card at OurWildNC@gmail.com or 910-540-3088. Remember to Sign up Today for Our Wild NC Celebration!

Morrow Mountain Accommadations

 

RSVP for Charlotte Citizens’ Climate Hearing – Tues, Sept 9

Sept 9 Call to Action on Climate Change FlyerClick to download and share the flyer! – Charlotte Call for Action on Climate Change

Join us in Charlotte for a Citizens’ Climate Hearing on Tuesday, September 9. Click here for more info and to RSVP.

You can show your support for acting on climate by showing up at the Citizens’ Climate Hearing September 9 in Charlotte.

This is a critical moment for North Carolinians to make sure our voice is heard. Citizens from across NC will gather at Myers Park Baptist Church to give oral testimony, which will be recorded and submitted as official comments to the EPA. Join Sierra Club and our partner organizations to call on the EPA to take swift and strong action on climate for North Carolina.

Event Details

WHO: Sierra Club, other partner organizations, and you!
WHAT: Citizens’ Climate Hearing
WHEN: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Heaton Hall, Myers Park Baptist Church,1900 Queens Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207 [Map]

Questions? Contact Emma Greenbaum at emma.greenbaum@sierraclub.org

P.S. Click here for more info and to RSVP.

Advanced Outings Leader Training – Lots of Smiles and Lots of Fun!

Wow, what a great weekend! Outdoor leadership skills, wilderness survival, first aid certification, backpacking gear 101, Leave No Trace principles, trip planning., paddle camping, and more were covered this past weekend, Aug 22-24, at Hanging Rock State Park. We shared yummy lasagna, salad, watermelon, and home made ice cream. Classroom discussions, hikes, and hands on learning made for some terrific sharing of skills and ideas. If you missed this opportunity, plan to join us on our next Sierra Club Outings Leaders certification program!

Congratulations to Central Piedmont members Linda Alley, Dori Bowman, Thanh Huynh, Allison Pelphrey, and David Robinson for completing the advanced Outings Leader Training (OLT-201)!

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OLT Hanging Rock Classroom 2

OLT Haging Rock Hike

Hidden Falls Hike

… and special thanks to the trainers!

OLT Hanging Rock Trainers