* Monthly Meeting, Feb 27: “The Climate Crisis In NC, Our Energy Future, And What We Can Do About It!”

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We have two exciting speakers for our program this month.

Joining us from Boone will be Dr. Harvard G. Ayers, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Appalachian State University, author of “Arctic Gardens: Voices from an Abundant Land” and “An Appalachian Tragedy: Air Pollution and Tree Death in the Eastern Forest of North America”. Dr. Ayers’ presentation, “Climate Convergence on Raleigh – Charlotte Talks Climate.” will talk about the many constituencies involved in the Climate Convergence on Raleigh, the work of NC groups on climate change, anti-fracking activists, anti-coal campaigners, fossil fuel divestment by North Carolina universities and colleges, and more.

Local Charlotte lawyer and environmental watchdog, Beth Henry, has been active on energy and related environmental and health issues for years. She has worked with NC WARN in the review and analysis of the Duke and Progress Energy Integrated Resource Plans (IRP), their business-as-usual business plans for the next two decades. Ms. Henry will share her insight in the IRPs and what they do and don’t do for clean renewable energy, energy efficiency, our environment, and the Climate Crisis. This is valuable information for the NC Utilities Commission public hearing here in Charlotte, Feb 28th at 7:00 PM (The doors will open about 6:30pm to sign up to speak) at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, Courtroom 5310, 832 E. 4th St., Charlotte.

The meeting starts off at 6:30 PM for pizza, refreshments and a chance to meet and socialize with other Sierra Club members and friends. The business meeting and program will begin at 7:00 PM. Non-members and potential new members are very welcome!

Central Piedmont Sierra Club meetings are held in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28203. Cumberland Avenue is off of the 1500 block of East Boulevard.

The program is free and open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Free parking is available. Drawing for FREE door prizes will wrap up the meeting!

Bring a friend or two; you’ll be glad you did! See you there…

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