July Monthly Meeting Announcement: Outdoor treasures of Mecklenburg County

Please join us on Wednesday July 23rd for a presentation on the outdoor treasures of Mecklenburg County.

Stephen Hutchinson, Nature Center Manager at Latta Plantation, will present on the abundant resources of Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation Department. You will be delighted to learn about such great opportunities as kayak tours, canoe rentals, horseback riding, tractor drawn hay rides, cowboy style campfire dinners, Segway adventure tours, GPS treasure hunts, hiking, camping, and more – all nearby.

As usual our meeting is at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. It begins at 6:30pm with free pizza, followed by a short business meeting, and then the formal presentation.

Parking is free. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you.

Evergreen Nature Preserve Service Outing – Saturday, June 14, 2014 – 9am to 12pm

Preserve Our Preserves Service Outing

For the last 2 years, The Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club has been engaged in invasive species removal at Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve, and we have done such an outstanding job the Parks and Recreation Department has asked us to do the same for Evergreen Nature Preserve. Invasive species, also called “introduced species”,” non-native” or “non-indigenous” are plants that adversely affect the habitats or bioregions they invade. The invasive species dominate the region and crowd out native species which had previously provided habitat and food for birds and other wildlife. There is a great sense of satisfaction that comes from clearing a section of forest of invasive vines and seeing the natural open landscape restored. We would love to have you join us at Evergreen to pitch in and restore this little slice of nature right in the heart of East Charlotte.

Location: Winterfield Elementary School, 3100 Winterfield Pl, Charlotte, NC

What to bring: Wear sturdy shoes for work and walking. Bring a water bottle and a snack if you would like to nibble while you work. Work gloves recommended. Tools are provided but you are welcome to bring your own loppers, trowels, knives, etc.

Liability Waiver: All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, download a copy at NC Sierra Club Sign In Waiver

For questions or more information. contact Outings Chair David Underwood at 704-675-2390 davidmunderwood@mail.com

Sierra Club June Meeting Announcement 6/25 – Outdoor Survival

Please join us on Wednesday June 25 for a special presentation on outdoor survival. Whether you are going for a walk in the woods, paddling your kayak down a stream, or going on a multi-day backpack you will enjoy and learn something from our speaker.

Presented by Trevor Hudspeth, Outdoor Recreation Specialist for Mecklenburg County’s McDowell Nature Center, and a very experienced outdoorsman.
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.

Wilson Creek Service Outing – May 17 and 18

Wilson Creek Clean Up: May 17th and 18th

Phil Phelan Owner, Linville Gorge Adventures LLC, and the good folks at Betsey’s Ole Country Store in Mortimer, NC are organizing a clean up of one of North Carolina’s finest areas, this will be a two day event, rain or shine. Starting at 9:30am Saturday May 17th and, again, Sunday May 18th, Phil plans to direct attention to the banks of the Wilson Creek from Mortimer to the Brown Mountain Beach Resort. Along with litter, it is also desired to find an eco-friendly way to remove the spray paint found in so many areas along the gorge. In addition, to send a team down the Hunt Fish Falls Trail to address the campsites located before and right at the Hunt Fish Falls.

The Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club’s outing team will be leading an outing to this clean up. You can choose to attend either or both days. For more information please contact,sierraclub.centpiedoutings@gmail.com

All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, download a copy at NC Sierra Club Sign In Waiver.

Meet at Betsey’s Ole Country Store, 8396 N Carolina 90, Collettsville, NC at 9am

Sierra Monthly Meeting 4/23/14 – Two Local Guys Kayak Around Florida

DeLuca and Windle FL Paddle

Two Local Guys Kayak Around Florida:

Join the Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club Wednesday April 23rd to hear the tale. Marc Delucca and Jim Windle pushed their kayaks into the Gulf of Mexico in November 2013. They completed their final takeout on the Atlantic coast near the Georgia Florida border in March of 2014.  Marc and Jim’s route, The Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Trail, covered over 1500 miles, included various National Parks and seashores, and had them experience many wildlife encounters.

Come and meet these modern explorers.

Free pizza is served at 6:30 pm and the program begins at 7:00 pm at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park

Reminder – Sierra Club Monthly Meeting – 3/26/14

A Fierce Green Fire

Please join us on Wednesday, March 26th for a screening of the award winning new documentary film, “A Fierce Green Fire” which spans 50 years of grassroots and global activism. The Sundance documentary brings to light vital stories of the environmental movement where people fought – and succeeded – against enormous odds. From the Academy Award-nominated director of “Berkeley in the Sixties,” the film features Lois Gibbs, Paul Watson, Bill McKibben, Paul Hawken, Carl Pope, John Adams, Bob Bullard, Amory Lovins, Barbara Bramble, Jennifer Morgan and more.  Screening followed by Q&A discussion.

View trailer here:

http://www.afiercegreenfire.com/trailer.html

Our meeting starts off at 6:30 PM with 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.

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

Clean Air Carolina Water Film Festival – 2/25/14

Join Clean Air Carolina, Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and CPCC’s Center for Sustainability for a Clean Air – Clean Water Film Festival!

Clean Air-Clean Water Film Festival
Tuesday, February 25 @ 6:30 p.m.
Central Piedmont Community College Central Campus/Tate Hall
1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204

As part of our new clean air – clean water collaboration, we’ll show three 20-minute documentary films relating to air and water quality:

Following the film screenings, a panel of experts will discuss air and water topics raised in the documentaries.  Panelists include:

  • June Blotnick, Executive Director, Clean Air Carolina
  • Sam Perkins, Riverkeeper, Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation
  • Dr. RoseMary Seymour, Executive Director, CPCC Center for Sustainability
  • Bruce Henderson, Energy & Environment Reporter, The Charlotte Observer

Enjoy light refreshments and networking beginning at 6:30 p.m. Film screenings will begin at7:00 p.m. This is a free event but we are encouraging RSVPs.

RSVP on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/AirWaterFilmFest or contact Diana atdiana@catawbariverkeeper.org or 704-679-9494 to save your seat.

Please invite your friends and neighbors to learn about the air and water quality issues affecting our region - forward this email!

Co-sponsored by:

Clean Air Carolina

CPCC Center For Sustainability

Catawba Riverkeeper

Fair Redistricting Forum in Davidson on 2/18/14 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Common Cause N.C. has scheduled another Fair Redistricting forum in Davidson on February 18th, 7-8:30 pm. Location is St. Albans Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. Panel will include Marcus Bass of Common Cause, Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation, teacher Dawn Moretz, and author/activist Harry Taylor. Rep. Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenberg) will also join us to explain why he supports nonpartisan redistricting. Recall that Speaker Thom Tillis himself calls it “…good legislation.”
The Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club supports a more legitimate form of political districting to replace the current gerrymandered districts in NC that diminish democracy. Please attend and support this activity.

Sometimes what happens in Vegas needs to be Shared – 2/26/14

 

 

Please join us on February 26, 2014 for an exciting discussion of an outstanding example of sustainability in a US city.

In June of 2013, Tom Perrigo, Chief Sustainability Officer of the City of Las Vegas, gave a webinar hosted by Sustainable City Network.

On 2/26/14 the Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club will present this webinar at our monthly meeting in Freedom Park.

In this one hour webinar Perrigo describes the challenges faced, the accomplishments achieved, and the forward looking sustainability goals of Las Vegas.

We will follow the presentation with a lively discussion of Charlotte’s sustainability status. If Vegas can do it, what’s going on with Charlotte?

Our meeting starts off at 6:30 PM with 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.

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

* South East Florida Wants To Mitigate Climate Change Disaster

As published in the New York Times on Monday, 11/11/13, South East Florida is worried about the coming effects of climate change on the densely populated and built up area around and north of Miami. The Times article describes the ominous and expensive effects of sea level rise on local homes and infrastructure. The area has over $156 billion worth of property – much of which could be seriously damaged by rising sea waters. Local politicians are, and have been, meeting to discuss adaptation strategies. The state politicians in Tallahassee appear to not have the issue on their radar screen. As Jimmy Morales, Miami Beach city manager, said in the article “Human ingenuity is incredible, but do we have the political will? Holland set aside $1 billion a year for flood mitigation, and we have a lot more coastline than they do.”

See the original article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/11/us/south-florida-faces-ominous-prospects-from-rising-waters.html?ref=science

Charlotte is in a very different situation. Looking out the widow, one does not see glaciers melting, or fields of grain drying up, or ocean waters lapping at the base of the Bank of America stadium. So climate change is mostly not on the radar screen here in our city. But we are not immune to its effects – to which we contribute mightily through our high level of carbon emissions. We can expect more extreme storms, higher summer temperatures, and significant effects of such on our lifestyle which is highly interconnected with the rest of the US and the world.

Ask your local politicians to support all measures to reduce carbon emissions. And figure out how to do your part too.