Sierra Club Monthly Meeting 2/25/15 – The Catawba – How is it Flowing

We are pleased to have Dr. Reed Perkins, Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science at Queens University, present his study of the history and current state of the Catawba River. Dr. Reed Perkins has taught at Queens since 1998.

His courses include Geographic Information Systems, Physical Geography, Tropical Island Systems, and Introduction to Environmental Science. He also teaches in the CORE Program for the Liberal Arts and the John Belk International Program. As part of the latter, he developed the Micronesian Islands Environmental Study Program, in which Queen’s students and faculty work with scientists and government personnel of Yap and Kosrae (member states of the Federated States of Micronesia) to field monitor the islands’ ecosystems. He also worked to develop a local GIS capacity on both islands.

His other major teaching interest is the rapidly changing urban system of Charlotte. He and his students work with local elementary school students to study urban streams and impacts of watershed land use patterns.

Our Feb 25th meeting will also provide an opportunity for you to explore the future impact of population growth and drought on the Catawba River basin through an interactive computer simulation.

As usual, our meetings are held at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. The address is 2435 Cumberland Ave, Charlotte, NC. Pizza is served at 6:30pm. The formal meeting begins at 7pm. We expect to finish up by 8:30pm. The meeting is free and open to all. And ample parking is available and also free.

Hope to see you there.

David Robinson, Chair Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club

Jan 28 Monthly Meeting Announcement – Backpacking 101

Backpacking 101

We are pleased to have Matt Clapp introduce this 10 week introductory training course that we will be hosting this Spring. Matt is newly arrived in Charlotte from San Diego where he led their local Sierra Club’s backpacking 101 training. The course is specifically for beginners. You do not have to be a Sierra Club member to participate.

If you bought a backpack for wandering around Europe or got one as a gift and it’s still in the garage, this is your chance to get it out and learn how to use it in the wilds. Using a combination of classroom talks and practical weekend experiences, Matt will take the participants through a rigorous process to learn how to safely and comfortably enjoy going backpacking. The course is also a great refresher.

Our Jan 28th meeting will provide an introduction to and overview of this course.

As usual, our meetings are held at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. The address is 2435 Cumberland Ave, Charlotte, NC. Pizza is served at 6:30pm. The formal meeting begins at 7pm. We expect to finish up by 8:30pm. The meeting is free and open to all. And ample parking is available and also free.

Hope to see you there.

David Robinson, Chair Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club

Jan 28 Monthly Meeting Announcement – Backpacking 101

Jan 28 Monthly Meeting Announcement – Backpacking 101

We are pleased to have Matt Clapp introduce this 10 week introductory training course that we will be hosting this Spring. Matt is newly arrived in Charlotte from San Diego where he led their local Sierra Club’s backpacking 101 training. The course is specifically for beginners. You do not have to be a Sierra Club member to participate.

If you bought a backpack for wandering around Europe or got one as a gift and it’s still in the garage, this is your chance to get it out and learn how to use it in the wilds. Using a combination of classroom talks and practical weekend experiences, Matt will take the participants through a rigorous process to learn how to safely and comfortably enjoy going backpacking. The course is also a great refresher.

Our Jan 28th meeting will provide and introduction to and overview of this course.

As usual, our meetings are held at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. The address is 2435 Cumberland Ave, Charlotte, NC. Pizza is served at 6:30pm. The formal meeting begins at 7pm. We expect to finish up by 8:30pm. The meeting is free and open to all. And ample parking is available and also free.

Hope to see you there.

David Robinson, Chair Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club

Reminder – Nov Monthly Meeting on 11/19

Sierra Club Nov 19th Meeting Announcement – Movie Night

Note: This month and Dec we are meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month instead of the 4th Wednesday due to the holidays.

Please join us on Wednesday Nov 19th for a special viewing of the movie Aerial America: Wilderness. Produced by the Smithsonian Channel, this show presents extraordinary views of wilderness in America. “Some are vital sanctuaries for endangered species. Some can only be reached by plane. All are magnificent. These are the untamed pockets of the U.S. protected by the Wilderness Act of 1964. Take a cross-country flight over icy landscapes in Alaska’s Denali, vast wetlands in Florida’s Everglades, and over 100 million acres of badlands, deserts, and mountains where nature rules. Then learn how the nation’s wildest places are tied to America’s native history, its pioneering spirit, its extraordinary leaders, and its untouched beauty.”

Don’t miss this inspiring show.

As usual, our meeting is at the Mahlon Center 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 Nov 19th Monthly Meeting Announcement – Movie Night

Note: This month and Dec we are meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month instead of the 4th Wednesday due to the holidays.

Please join us on Wednesday Nov 19th for a special viewing of the movie Aerial America: Wilderness.

Produced by the Smithsonian Channel, this show presents extraordinary views of wilderness in America. “Some are vital sanctuaries for endangered species. Some can only be reached by plane. All are magnificent. These are the untamed pockets of the U.S. protected by the Wilderness Act of 1964. Take a cross-country flight over icy landscapes in Alaska’s Denali, vast wetlands in Florida’s Everglades, and over 100 million acres of badlands, deserts, and mountains where nature rules. Then learn how the nation’s wildest places are tied to America’s native history, its pioneering spirit, its extraordinary leaders, and its untouched beauty.”

Don’t miss this inspiring show.

As usual, our meeting is at the Mahlon Center 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

Oppose Citizens United Forum Monday Oct 20 2014 7pm

Charlotte NC – The Charlotte Area Move to Amend will host a community forum on “Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule” with guest speaker David Cobb of the Move to Amend campaign. Co-sponsors include the Charlotte Area Green Party and the American Constitution Society- Charlotte School of Law Chapter. Part history lesson and part heart-felt call to action, the event will be at the Charlotte School of Law, Room 1001, 201 S. College Street, at 7:00 pm on October 20, 2014.

The 2010 U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on elections. Cobb, an attorney and organizer for the Move to Amend coalition, will help local residents understand the history behind the recent decision and how they can work to abolish “Corporate Personhood” and reestablish a government of, by, and for the people.

The Move To Amend movement is supported by the National Sierra Club:

January 27, 2012
“While our board passed a resolution about Citizens United last year, Move to Amend offers a framework for our volunteers to take action.”
~ Sarah Hodgdon, Sierra Club Conservation DirectorOct 20

David Robinson, Chair Central Piedmont Group Sierra Club