Sierra Club September 24 Meeting Announcement – Update on County Livability Plan

Sierra Club September 24 Meeting Announcement – Update on County Livability Plan

Please join us on Wednesday September 24 for a special update on Mecklenburg County’s multi-year livability planning activity.

Last year Mecklenburg County began meeting with stake holders around the county to plan how to deal with the enormous growth expected here in the next 25 or so years. Whether you live in a city or a small rural community, this growth will have an impact on you. Come and learn what you can do to influence policy and thinking on this important issue.

Presented by Heidi Pruess, Environmental Policy Administrator for Mecklenburg County’s Land Use and Environmental Services Agency.

As usual, our meeting is at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park and begins at 6:30pm for pizza and socializing. The formal meeting begins at 7pm.

Parking is free, as is the evening presentation.

We look forward to seeing you.

David Robinson
Chair, Central Piedmont Group – Sierra Club

People’s Climate March – No Nukes Resources

Check out the People’s Climate March: No Nukes Resources! Thanks to NIRS for this great information.

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The following information was developed by Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS). Great work folks!

Resources and Materials:

Postcard Flyer. Side one: pdf version. jpg version. doc version. Side two: pdf version. jpg version. doc version. Both sides in one file: pdf version. jpg version. doc version.

Flyer: Why We March. pdf version. jpg version.

Flyer: 350.org’s Bill McKibben on why nuclear power won’t be a climate solution. pdf version. jpg version.

Flyer: Talking Points on nuclear power in EPA’s proposed carbon reduction rule. pdf version. jpg version.

Fact sheet: Nuclear Power and Climate: Why Nukes Can’t Save the Planet.

EPA’s proposed carbon rules provide subsidies to uneconomic, aging, dangerous nuclear reactors. NIRS press release.

Flyers: Why Nukes Can’t Save the Climate:

Reason #1. Too Many Reactors, Not Enough Carbon Reductions pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group’s info).

Reason #2. Nuclear power costs too much. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group’s info).

Reason #3. Nuclear Power would take too long. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group’s info).

Reason #4. New Reactor Designs: Too Slow, No Demand. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group’s info).

Reason #5. Too Much Radioactive Waste. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group’s info).

Reason #6. Too Little Safety. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group’s info).

Reason #7. Too Many Nuclear Weapons. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group’s info).

Background Reading

Briefing Paper: Nuclear Energy is Dirty Energy (and does not fit in a clean energy standard). Revised and updated, July 2014. pdf

Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free: Links to studies showing different pathways to a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system by mid-century–if not sooner.

We’re going all out for the People’s Climate March. NIRS’ Michael Mariotte on DailyKos, August 22, 2014.

If not nuclear power, what? NIRS’ Michael Mariotte on DailyKos, June 27, 2012.

Top 10 Reasons Nuclear Power Won’t Save the Climate. NIRS’ Michael Mariotte on DailyKos, August 18, 2009 (and still valid).

 

Calling All Charlotte Clergy, Lay Leaders, and Congregants – Speak Out on Climate Change Sept 9th

“We have a moral obligation to future generations to leave our land, water and wildlife better than we found it.”

~ Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

from Dealing with Climate Change: A Moral Obligation

We need your voice on September 9th at Myers Park Baptist Church for a Citizen’s Climate Hearing on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan is a historic measure calling for strong carbon pollution reductions to combat the worst effects of climate disruption. Now in the public comment period, the EPA needs to hear from concerned citizens that want strong protections from carbon pollution. 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 us as we call on the EPA to take swift and strong action on climate for North Carolina.

What can you do?

As a Charlotte clergy – Plan to attend and speak! Ask other clergy to join you. Post the flyer and/or an announcement on your website and on your calendar. Include an announcement in your e-updates. Mention the hearing at your Sabbath service this coming weekend and encourage your congregants to join you. Spread the word!

As a Lay Leader – Plan to attend and speak! Ask other lay leaders to join you. Make sure that there are hearing announcements on your website, calendar, etc.  Spread the word through your networks of friends and on social media.

As a Charlotte Congregant – Plan to attend and speak! Ask other congregants to join you.  Spread the word through your networks of friends and on social media. Commit to bringing 3 friends with you.

Charlotte Interfaith Call for Action on Climate Change

Free Solar Tours Preceding the Hearing – 5:00 and 5:30 PM

Citizen’s Climate Hearing
September 9th
Myers Park Baptist Church
Heaton Hall
1900 Queens Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207
6:00-8:00 PM

 
Format
• Please limit oral comments to 3 minutes (typically 400 – 450 words)
• Please bring a copy of prepared comments for the court reporter (optional)
• Written comments may be of any length and submitted without public speaking

For more information, contact Renee Reese sierraclub.centpiedpublicity@gmail.com.

See also our Facebook Charlotte Citizens’ Climate Hearinghttps://www.facebook.com/events/845313815488006/

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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!

NC Wilderness Celebration

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