Join us for the People’s Climate March Sept 21 in New York City

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The People’s Climate March

Let’s Make History!

Join us for the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21. The People’s Climate March–held just days before the United Nations Climate Summit–is an unparalleled opportunity to let our world leaders know how urgently the public is calling for solutions to climate disruption, and how we need to move quickly from dirty fuels to clean energy. Besides, it just might be the biggest public outpouring of support for climate solutions this planet has ever seen.

The People’s Climate March is going to be a big deal. RSVP now, and keep checking back for details on special trains and buses that might be leaving from your area.

There are over 325 local, national, and international organizations participating in the People’s Climate March. See a list of our partners.

WHAT: The People’s Climate March
WHO: Sierra Club, tens of thousands of passionate and dedicated allies, and you!
WHEN: Sunday, September 21st

The People’s Climate March is going to be a really big deal. RSVP now!

Check out why Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune is calling for action.

Outings Leader Training Weekend at Hanging Rock State Park: Aug 22-24

This is going to be a great weekend! If you would like to become a certified Sierra Club Outings Leader, sign up today!

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Sierra Club Outings Leader Training–OLT201, Basic First Aid and Camping/Backpacking/Wilderness Survival Skills.

Friday, August 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury, NC

Expand your outdoor leadership skills by attending our Sierra Club Outings Leader Training (OLT) Weekend!

Training will include:

  • The Sierra Club Outdoor Leadership Training OLT201 (advanced OLT)
  • Basic First Aid
  • Camping/Backpacking Skills
  • Special presentation by Recreation Specialist, Trevor Hudspeth (NOLS Wilderness EMT and NC EMT) on Wilderness Survival Skills.





$50 Training and Cabin Camper ($15 for training/$35 for cabin)
$15 Training only ($15 for training/Will arrange own lodging/camping)


Attendees should be current Sierra Club outings leaders (or leaders in- training) who have taken Sierra Club OLT101 (basic outdoor leadership training) within the last 4 years. You can take/renew this training online for free on Sierra Club’s Clubhouse site: (See password help in the upper right corner of this web page).

*Non-Sierra Club members and Club members who do not wish to lead outings may register but will be placed on a waiting list–and will be notified of acceptance no later than August 8th (and will receive full refund if not accepted).

We will provide dinner (lasagna and home made ice cream!) Friday night, and breakfast Sunday morning. All attendees should bring their own food for Saturday and camping gear/equipment needed for a 3 day/2 night outing.

Attendees who reserve a cabin spot with us (and buy a “Cabin Camper” ticket) will have lodging arrangements taken care of but must bring their own towels and linens.  There are only 15 cabin spots available (3 cabins sleeping 5 per cabin: 2 bedrooms w/two single beds, one pull out couch). We will assign you to a room with an attendee of the same gender. Priority for these cabin spots will go to Sierra Club outings leaders/leaders in training. Click here for the Hanging Rock State Park Cabin Brochure for more information about the cabins.

Attendees who do not want to stay in a cabin must buy a “Reserving Own Lodging” ticket and should contact Hanging Rock State Park to make their own campground arrangements. You can also reserve a tent camping spot by searching available options at Hanging Rock State Park here:

This training will prepare participants to lead overnight trips away from cars (Sierra Club Level 2 outings). Participants must complete a Level 2 provisional lead (after this training weekend) to finish Level 2 certification. More info to be provided about certification during the training weekend.

More information can be found on our NC Sierra Club Outings Leader Resources page.

Please contact Kelly Mieszkalski (, 919.624.2225) or Nancy Card ( or 910.540.3088) with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you at Hanging Rock!

Aug 5 – Sustain Charlotte launch of 2014 Sustainability Report Card

Come and hear about how sustainable Charlotte really is!

Sustain Charlotte is launching a groundbreaking new report!  
And you’re invited!

For over a year, Sustain Charlotte has been hard at work researching and writing the first ever independentcomprehensive report card assessing Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s
economic, social, and environmental health.

And now, they’re ready to share it with you!

This Tuesday, Aug 5th, they be holding two launch events (one in the morning and one in the evening) and you’re invited to join either — or both!

See below for details of both events and please RSVP to let us know you’re coming!


Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham, Charlotte City Council Member John Autry, Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio, and Sustain Charlotte Founder + Director Shannon Binns will speak about the importance of sustainability to Charlotte’s future. Charlotte City Council Member Greg Phipps and Pineville Mayor John Edwards will also be in attendance.


Tuesday, Aug 5
10-11 AM


Marshall Park
800 E. Third Street, Charlotte 28202

RSVP for this event!


Sustain Charlotte’s Monthly Mixer + 2014 Sustainability Report Card Launch Party!
Light Snacks Provided by Earth Fare


Tuesday, August 5
5:30-7:30 PM

5:30: Networking Begins
6:30: Report Launch + Sustainability Trivia!
6:45: More Networking


Triple C Brewing Company
2900 Griffith St, Charlotte 28203

Happy 70th Birthday Smokey Bear!

OK, I admit it. I’m a Smokey Bear fan.

What better way to celebrate Smokey’s birthday than to get out and enjoy our great outdoors, safely. The only thing better would be do do all that you can to preserve and protect our NC forests and parks. Think of a way to enjoy and celebrate Smokey’s 70th birthday anytime during the month of August.

Happy birthday, big guy…

Since his birthday on August 9, 1944, Smokey Bear has been a recognized symbol of conservation and protection of America’s forests. His message about wildfire prevention has helped to reduce the number of acres lost annually to wildfires, from about 22 million (1944) to an average of 6.7 million annually today. However, wildfire prevention remains one of the most critical issues affecting our country. Many Americans believe that lightening starts most wildfires. In fact, 9 out of 10 wildfires nationwide are started by humans. Wildfires sparked by humans are most commonly caused by campfires left unattended, trash burning on windy days, careless discarding of smoking materials, BBQ coals, and operating equipment without spark arrestors.

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Love this short video!

Want to learn more about Smokey? Click below to rad about the history of Smokey Bear.

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 Finally, check out this interesting graphic showing images from Smokey over the years…

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Will NC State Parks closed to the public? – Take Action!

North Carolina Chapter Sierra Club

Dear friends,

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Imagine you and your family head out for a summertime visit to a state park you’ve been wanting to visit for a long time.  Only to your dismay, when you finally get there, there’s a “closed for private event” sign by the entrance.

Couldn’t happen, you say?  Not here in North Carolina.

Well, it’s about to.

The McCrory administration is poised to issue the first-ever permit to rent the main attraction of a state park for exclusive use of a private group.  And this won’t be the only such permit–just the first.

We need your to help today remind the Governor and legislators who state parks belong to!

Here’s the backstory.

A provision was put in a bill at the legislature that would allow the Secretary of the state environmental agency to raise the speed limit in state parks. That might not sound like a big deal, but read on.

Political donors to the governor who own a winery in Surry County have partnered with a vintage car group to request exclusive use of the road on September 11 to the summit of Pilot Mountain State Park. If that’s not enough to get your goat, get this: the public would be shut out of our state parks for this event and others like it!

Click here to tell the governor and your legislators that our state parks belong to all North Carolinians, and they should be open and available to us. State parks should not just be available to those who can afford to rent them out.

Depriving the citizens of North Carolina of access to one of their state parks is a serious matter.  So serious, that if we are heading down that road, it should be properly discussed and debated, not snuck into a bill without explanation.

Click here to ask your lawmakers to stand up to the McCrory administration’s efforts to shut the public out of their state parks.

Thanks for standing up for our state parks and the right for all North Carolinians to enjoy them.


Zak Keith
Lead Organizer for the NC Sierra Club

P.S. – Our state parks should be available to the pubic, not rented out for exclusive private use. We need you to speak up on this now!

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Tell the EPA – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency ARE part of the Climate Solution

Citizens from across the southeast are rallying in Atlanta today, July 29th, for Sold-Out Hearings for EPA Climate Plan as the Chamber of Commerce and Big Polluters Cry Wolf Over EPA Plan to Fight Climate Change and Protect Human Health.

Won’t you join them in solidarity and submit comments that Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency ARE part of the Climate Solution (see sample talking points below).

Email Include docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602 in the subject line of the message.

Thanks so much!

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President Obama’s Climate Action Plan Fact Sheet & link to full plan:


News articles on anticipated EPA proposed carbon rules:

P.S. Want to submit a quick comment? Click on Tell President Obama and the EPA you support strong climate action!

Tell the EPA – Fracking is NOT part of the Climate Solution

Citizens from across the southeast are rallying in Atlanta today, July 29th, for Sold-Out Hearings for EPA Climate Plan as the Chamber of Commerce and Big Polluters Cry Wolf Over EPA Plan to Fight Climate Change and Protect Human Health.

Won’t you join them in solidarity and submit comments that Fracking is NOT part of the Climate Solution (see sample talking points below).

Email Include docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602 in the subject line of the message.

Thanks so much!

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Tell the EPA – Nuclear Power is NOT part of the Climate Solution

Citizens from across the southeast are rallying in Atlanta today, July 29th, for Sold-Out Hearings for EPA Climate Plan as the Chamber of Commerce and Big Polluters Cry Wolf Over EPA Plan to Fight Climate Change and Protect Human Health.

Won’t you join them in solidarity and submit comments that Nuclear Power is NOT part of the Climate Solution (see sample talking points below).

Email Include docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602 in the subject line of the message.

Thanks so much!

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Stop new offshore drilling in America’s oceans!

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Dear friends,

Tell the Obama administration to stop all new oil and gas leasing in America’s oceans!
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Send Your Letter

Four years ago, America’s worst oil disaster, the BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, killed eleven people and gushed 210 million gallons of oil into the ocean.1 Today at least 14 species — including birds, fish and dolphins — are struggling to survive, and the once lucrative fishing, tourism and recreation economies of the Gulf have still not recovered.2

Not only does offshore drilling threaten our oceans, marine life and people, but increasing offshore oil drilling will also accelerate climate change. If we are serious about avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, we have to keep dirty fuels like oil and gas in the ground.

Despite this fact, the Obama administration is setting the stage for oil drilling in our oceans from the Arctic to the Atlantic over the next several years.

The administration is taking public comments now. We only have until July 31 to tell them to say no to new leasing for gas and oil in America’s oceans. Send your comment now! 

Offshore drilling will put people, marine animals and other wildlife at risk.

Last week, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved seismic testing in the Eastern Atlantic3 — testing that will deafen nearly 140,000 marine mammalsjust to determine if there is oil on the ocean floor! And as Shell Oil has already demonstrated with mishap after mishap, drilling in America’s Arctic Ocean is far too risky.5

The Exxon Valdez oil disaster in Alaska’s Prince William Sound decimated orca, otter and fish populations, and 25 years later they have yet to fully recover.6

Our marine ecosystems cannot withstand any more oil spills. Our fishing and recreation economies may not survive any more oil spills. 

Tell the administration to say no to new gas and oil leases and protect our oceans, people and wildlife from destructive oil drilling!

When it comes to stopping offshore drilling, our past efforts to protect the Arctic Ocean have been successful due to strong support from people like you. We can protect all of America’s oceans if you take action now!

For the sake of our planet, the climate and future generations, we must stop offshore drilling, end our reliance on dirty fossil fuels and transition to a clean energy economy.

The administration can take a stand by starting with our oceans. Please, tell them to say no to future oil and gas leases today!

Thanks for all you do to protect the environment,

David Scott
Sierra Club President

P.S. After you take action, be sure to forward this alert to your friends and colleagues!

Register by July 31 for Our Wild NC Wilderness Challenge

The Sierra Club Explore Our Wild North Carolina program is an opportunity to get out and explore some of the great natural treasures in our state. You may participate in organized outings or on your own. The record is an honor system but please have someone at the site initial your record and tell them about the program. When you have finished all 14 areas bring the record to your local Sierra Club meeting or email to to receive your award.

To register and receive a free Wilderness Explore patch, sign up at by July 31st!

Wilderness Explorer Patch

For additional information, go to and

Have a great adventure!

North Carolina Wilderness Areas:

Birkhead Mountains Wilderness

Ellicott Rock Wilderness

Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness

Linville Gorge Wilderness

Middle Prong Wilderness

Shining Rock Wilderness

Southern Nantahala Wilderness

Swanquarter Wilderness / Lake Mattamuskeet Area *

Catfish Lake South Wilderness / Pocosin Wilderness / Pond Pine Wilderness /Sheep Ridge Wilderness / Croatan National Forest *

Craggy Mountain Wilderness Study Area

Harper Creek Wilderness Study Area

Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area

Overflow Wilderness Study Area

Snowbird Wilderness Study Area

* Due to limited accessibility, a visit and activity in any of these areas qualifies for the program.

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