* NC Sierra Club Footnotes Online – January 2013

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As you may have heard, 2012 was the hottest year on record. Further, anyone who is 27 years old or younger hasn’t ever experienced a colder than average month in their lifetime. If you are unsettled by these facts, you are not alone. In this issue of Footnotes Online you will find out a few ways that Sierrans are trying to make a difference – and you can join them.

Below you will find information about offshore wind coming one step closer to the North Carolina coast, a climate change rally in Washington, DC, and how to get involved in the NC Sierra Club Lobby Corps to educate lawmakers that represent you.

And outings. Because everyone could use a walk in the woods.

Best,

Your staff at the North Carolina Sierra Club

 

Hearings Draw Support for Offshore Wind

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Sierra Club Leader Mac Montgomery (standing left) reads a statement from Rep. Susi Hamilton in support of offshore wind into the record at the Wilmington hearing.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) hosted a public info session in Wilmington last week on the three proposed lease sites for offshore wind in NC. Over 65 people attended the meeting and Sierrans were out in force!

Cape Fear Group Chair Mac Montgomery read a statement of support on behalf of local members. Ten other individuals spoke, and every comment was in favor of offshore wind, a strong sign the public wants clean energy. Already, over 1,300 of our members and supporters from across the state have submitted positive comments to BOEM. If you haven’t made a comment, take a second to do that before the comment period closes!

For anyone interested in learning more, please check out these resources:

A map of areas where BOEM has opened up its Call for Information can be found by clicking here;

An overview of BOEM information for our state can be found by visiting the agency’s North Carolina webpage by clicking here; and,

Anyone interested in joining the NC Sierra Club’s Wind Action Team, can click here to help bring this clean and renewable source of energy to our coast by clicking here!

 

National Day of Action

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On Sunday, February 17, thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history. Join this historic event to make your voice heard and help the president start his second term with strong climate action.

From rejecting the toxic Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to firing up our clean energy economy, Barack Obama’s legacy as president will rest squarely on his response, resolve, and leadership in solving the climate crisis. That’s why the Forward On Climate Rally will feature critical action, inspiring speakers, and a march to the president’s doorstep to show him that we can’t afford to wait any longer.

For more details about the rally — from volunteer opportunities to information about finding private rideshares and housing — click here for more information!

 

2013 Lobby Corps: Frontline Defenders of Our Air and Water

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When the General Assembly returns to Raleigh on January 30, members of the NC Sierra Lobby Corps will be ready. Building off the tremendous work done by last year’s group, members of the 2013 Lobby Corps are are already preparing to educate lawmakers on key environmental issues, such as clean energy, fracking, and conservation issues.

This will undoubtedly be a challenging year for North Carolina’s environment. However, like so many years past, having Sierrans on the front line of legislative issues will help hold the line for key protections to our air and water.

If you are willing to step up and help make sure your legislators have the best information on key environmental issues, please take a moment to sign up for this year’s Lobby Corps by clicking here.

If you have any questions about the Lobby Corps please email Travis Hargett at travis.hargett@sierraclub.org.

 

Thanks Cub Scout Pack 97 for Preserving and Protecting a Vital Natural Area

On Saturday, January 12, members of the Huntersville Cub Scout Pack 97 joined members and volunteers of the Central Piedmont Group to remove invasive kudzu in the RibbonWalk Nature Preserve.

In the true spirit of the Sierra Club, these young volunteers had a day of exploring, enjoying, and protecting a small part of this planet. We thank them for their service! See all of the pictures provided by Renee Reese at the Central Piedmont Group’s website!

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Outings and Events

Saturday, January 19 – Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge

The Mattamuskeet Refuge is winter haven to thousands of snow geese, tundra swan, Canada geese, bear, deer, and bobcats. To enjoy this wildlife spectacle, a 2 1/2 hour tram tour around the Lake Landing impoundments and eastern shore on January 19 is available for groups of at least 8 people.

There will be time for walks to viewing stations. Starting time of tours will be determined. If definitely interested, email Tom Williams at tcwill@earthlink.net

Monday, January 21, 2013 – Stop Titan Marches in MLK Parade – Wilmington, NC

Join your friends and family as we march for social, economic and environmental justice. For the second year, Stop Titan supporters will march in the MLK Parade and have an info table on Water Street. If you want to march, meet in the Cape Fear Community College parking lot by 11 a.m. and find the Stop Titan group. If you would like to help at the info booth, please email sarah@stoptitan.org!

Sunday, February 3 – Super Bowl Sunday Morning Hike – Anne Springs Close Greenway (Fort Mill, SC)

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Get some exercise before the big game. You’ll feel a lot less guilty when you sit in front of the TV and eat a whole bag of Doritos! This hike is a nice 6 mile loop through the woods of this 2,300 acre nature preserve in nearby Fort Mill. We’ll cross 3 swinging bridges and pass by two 19th century log cabins, including one built by Billy Graham’s grandfather.

The land is fairly level, but it’s a trail through the woods, not a flat paved greenway such as those in Mecklenburg County. We’ll meet at 9 a.m. and be done by about noon. You’ll be home in time to watch all six hours of the pre-game show! Limit 20. Contact Steve Copulsky at scopulsky@mindspring.com or 704-543-7493.

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