Charlotte Bus to NYC People’s Climate March – Share the Flyer!

Click below to download and share the People’s Climate March Charlotte Bus to NYC! Share the link or flyer on your social networks and with your friends.

Our Eventbrite registration and payment site will be available shortly. Costs and additional details to follow.

For more information contact Hanna Mitchell at hanna.mitchell@greenpeace.org or Bill Gupton at wmgupton@aol.com.

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4 NC Buses to NYC Sept 21 People’s Climate March!

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4 NC Buses to NYC Sept 21 People’s Climate March!

Organizers from around the state are working together to secure funding, finalize contracts with bus companies, determine the fares and departure/return times, and handle the travel logistics. There are volunteer Bus Captains that will be finalizing these items and making announcements on the NC People’s March Facebook page (be sure to “Like” the page and invite your friends!) as soon as the details for each city are set.

We’ll also be posting other information and resources on the NC People’s March Facebook page.

As it stands today there will be 4 buses from North Carolina to NYC:

Asheville – Bus Captains Debby Genz dgenz@skyrunner.net and Mary Olson maryo@nirs.org

Boone – Bus Captain Dave Harman dh.harman@hotmail.com

Charlotte – Bus Captains Hanna Mitchell hanna.mitchell@greenpeace.org and Bill Gupton at wmgupton@aol.com

Raleigh/Durham – Bus Captain Caroline Hansley caroline.hansley@greenpeace.org

Non Departure City Contacts

Winston-Salem/Greensboro – Karen Bearden chickadeebirders@earthlink.net

NC Coast – Priss Endo pauline.endo@gmail.com

If you would like to help with announcements, recruitment, or other trip logistics, please contact the closest Bus Captain to your area. 

Much more to follow. See you in NYC!

Recap of First MEC Fracking Hearing in Raleigh

Thanks to NC Sierra Club Lead Organizer Zak Keith for this great Wednesday, Aug 20th, update! Please submit as many comments as you would like! Check out our online resource for more info on the proposed rules and to submit comments.

 

Hey folks, today has been a busy day in Raleigh between the coal ash bill and the fracking MEC hearing. But I wanted to give a quick update on the MEC hearing and what happened this morning.

Before the hearing at NC State’s McKimmon Center, the Frack Free Alliance put on a rally outside. There were around 150 folks at the rally, a great turnout since it was a hot morning at 9:30.

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Check out the great list of speakers below who talked about the need for local control and the need to slow the rush to frack NC.

  • State Senator Mike Woodard, Dist 22
  • State Representative Duane Hall, Dist. 11
  • Michael Tiemann, CEO of Redhat
  • Mayor Darryl Moss, Creedmoor
  • Dr. Susan R. DeLaney, N.D., Medical Advocates for Healthy Air 
  • Rev. Steve Halstead, Pastor, Community United Church of Christ
  • Danielle Adams, Durham County Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor
  • Daniel Dayton, Old Milburnie Farm

After the rally folks went into the center and over 100 people signed up to speak with around 400 in attendance.

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The final count (if I did my math correct) was 78 against fracking and 8 for. Clearly folks came out in force to express their issues with fracking. Residents were concerned about setbacks, contamination of our drinking water, air pollution, and the lack of oversight in the rule making process. Many called for a moratorium to be reinstated.

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We had some great Sierrans speak including Capital Group excom/leader Harvey Richmond, Marvin Woll (he ask who thought the rules were inadequate and you can see in the picture most folks agreed!) from the Capital Group, and Jon Sheline from the Headwaters group among many others who spoke. If I missed you, please let me know! And thanks to all the folks who got the word out. See some pictures below.

This was the first in the upcoming MEC hearings. There will be one in Sanford this Friday and Reidsville next Monday. Check out our online resource for more info on the proposed rules.
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Please contact me if you are interested in getting more involved as we move forward on the next phase of the fracking issue. Thanks!

Zachary Keith
Lead Organizer
North Carolina Sierra Club

NC Sierra Club Footnotes Online – August 2014

North Carolina Chapter Sierra Club

Friends,

Last night, the state legislature adjourned and left Raleigh until the 2015 session begins in January. We will have a full review of what happened on environmental issues during the session available in next month’s edition of Footnotes.

For this edition, the spotlight is on the upcoming 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act, as well information about the public hearings happening right now as part of the public review of the proposed fracking rules.  As always, thanks for all that you do and we hope to see you at our Wilderness Celebration next month at Morrow Mountain State Park!

Cheers,

You staff at the NC Sierra Club


Coal Ash Legislation Passes

The legislature gave final approval yesterday to the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014, a complex measure that takes steps forward in regulating coal ash as other wastes but also undermines a court ruling that would have required immediate cleanup of coal ash.

It’s time for the EPA to finish what North Carolina started to ensure full protection by adopting strong national standards for coal ash to protect every community in the United States. EPA action is needed more than ever to set a national standard and to stop the piecemeal approach to addressing coal ash waste and contamination across the US.

Click here to learn more about the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 and what it means for North Carolina.

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Public Comments Being Accepted Now on Proposed Fracking Rules

Public hearings on the state’s proposed fracking rules started yesterday in Raleigh. And between 400 and 500 people showed up! There are three more public hearings around the state in coming days where you can give your input on ways to strengthen the proposed rules.

Click here for more information including location details and ideas on things to include in your comments!

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Hundreds of people at the Raleigh hearing on Wednesday in Raleigh give a show of hands for those wo think the proposed fracking rules are not adequate.


Wilderness Celebration in the Heart of Carolina

On September 26-27, the NC Sierra Club is hosting a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  Held at Morrow Mountain State Park, this celebration is centrally located to all North Carolinians wishing to pay respect to past efforts to protect wilderness, as well as to build support to carry on the proud legacy of protecting our wild areas!

Activities include canoeing, hiking, service, birding, fishing, stargazing and a special guided tour of the Kron restoration!

Click here for more event details or to reserve your spot today!

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Clean Energy for Raleigh

The Capital Group of the NC Sierra will soon be launching its Clean Energy for Raleigh campaign.  This exciting project aims to make it easy and affordable for homeowners, businesses, and tax-exempt entities in Raleigh, NC, to go solar and invest in energy efficiency.

The program was recently featured in a Triangle Business Journal article, in which, Chelsea Barnes of the Capital Group makes a very compelling case for going solar.  Click here to read the article.

Click here to learn more about this program and to find out how you can enroll!

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Wilderness Spotlight: Ellicott Rock

Ellicott Rock is unique among wilderness areas in that it is shared among three states: North Carolina (3,394 acres), Georgia (2,021 acres) and South Carolina (2,859 acres).  The area was designated as wilderness in 1975.  It received its name for the “N G” chiseled in a rock by surveyor Andrew Ellicott in 1811 indicating the point of beginning of the dividing line between North Carolina and Georgia.

Click here to learn more about this wilderness area on the Our Wild NC website!

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Upcoming Events and Outings

Fracking Public Hearings (See above for more information)

August 22, 2014 - Wicker Civic Center, Sanford, NC from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

August 25, 2014 - Rockingham County High School, Reidsville, NC from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

September 12, 2014 - Bardo Fine & Performing Arts Center- WCU, Cullowhee, NC from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

 

Featured Wilderness Outings

There are two featured wilderness outings coming up!  If all of this talk about celebrating wilderness has you itching to get outside, we have two great opportunities for you!

There’s an overnight backpack and camping outing to Cold Mountain & Shining Rock Wilderness on September 5-7 and a wilderness day hike and car camping in Linville Gorge  on September 6-7.

Click here for details and to see all of our upcoming wilderness events!

 

August 24 - 1:00 p.m. – Kayak With Candidates – Neuse River

The Croatan Sierra club is hosting this short paddle up the Neuse River. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early where Glenburnie Road meets the Neuse River with their own canoe or kayak, paddle, and personal flotation device.  The group will paddle past the marsh islands and up the short cypress-lined creeks on both sides of the river there will be time to discuss water quality issues, especially the impact of the Lee Coal Plant upstream in Goldsboro, which has been leaking toxic chemicals for decades.  Sierra Club lobbyist Cassie Gavin, the Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Travis Graves and endorsed General Assembly candidates George Graham, Carr Ipock, and Whit Whitley will be there to answer your questions and concerns about the environment.  You must sign a waiver to participate in this outing.  Bring your own water supply and environmental questions.

For more information and to register, contact Robert Scull at scull1453@gmail.com.

 

August 30 - 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Alpaca Meet & Greet – Chatham County

Come visit an alpaca farm set in the rolling hills of southwest Chatham County and learn about the origin and history of alpacas. Find out why they are called the green livestock and see where your alpaca sweater comes from.The group will visit the animals in their barn as they talk about their basic care and the gentle impact they have on the environment.  Attendees should bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the porch in a relaxed country setting after the tour.

Closed-toed, sturdy shoes are required. Hat and sun protection are advisable. Bring your camera. No pets please. Tour will be held rain or shine. Participation is by advance registration only and is limited to 10 people. Exact meeting location will be provided when registration is confirmed.

To register, please contact Rosmarie: rbrosenbloom@gmail.com

 

September 3, 10, 17, & 24 - 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Walking Wednesdays – Durham

Join Sierrans for a fast-paced, mid-week walk on the Al Beuhler Trail. The trail circles the perimeter of the Washington-Duke Golf Course, offering shade, moderate hills, and natural scenery. The leader will set the pace to complete the 3-mile course in 1-hour although you are welcome to go your own pace and do as many laps as you would like. Standard Sierra Club waiver applies.

Click here for more information.

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Sierra Club-wide call on the EPA Clean Power Plan – Sept 10

Sierra Club Aim Higher

Greetings Sierra Club staff and volunteers! We are writing to invite you to a Sierra Club-wide call on the EPA Clean Power Plan, and to provide you with a couple of new resources to support your advocacy in the weeks ahead.
 
First, mark your calendars for a call Wednesday, Sept. 10. Join us at either 2:00pm or 8:00pm ET, whichever works best for your schedule, at the following number: 866-501-6174, code 107-397-1913. We’ll update you on the latest developments around the Clean Power Plan, share the work of some chapters and volunteers from around the country, and have policy experts on the line to answer your questions.
 
Second, below you’ll find three resources to support your advocacy on the Clean Power Plan:
  • One page fact sheet: An overview of the Clean Power Plan and the historic opportunity it creates for us to build a clean energy roadmap in all 50 states.
  • Frequently asked questions (FAQ): Answers some of the questions that have been rolling in from staff and volunteers around the nation.
  • Strengthening document: An overview of our latest thinking on areas where the rule needs to be strengthened.
 
We’ll share an agenda for the call as the date gets closer – in the meantime, mark your calendars and keep sending along your needs and questions around the Clean Power Plan. And thanks for all your great work!
 
Mary Anne Hitt
Director, Beyond Coal Campaign
Sierra Club
 
 
 

Charlotte Interfaith Call for Action on Climate Change – Sept 9th Citizen Hearing

“We have a moral obligation to future generations to leave our land, water and wildlife better than we found it.”

~ Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

from Dealing with Climate Change: A Moral Obligation

Calling all Charlotte area clergy and lay leaders!

We need your voice and that of your congregants for an important Citizen’s Climate Hearing on September 9th at Myers Park Baptist Church. 

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan is a historic measure calling for strong carbon pollution reductions to combat the worst effects of climate disruption. Now in the public comment period, the EPA needs to hear from concerned citizens that want strong protections from carbon pollution. This is a critical moment for North Carolinians to make sure our voice is heard. Citizens from across NC will gather at Myers Park Baptist Church to give oral testimony, which will be recorded and submitted as official comments to the EPA. Join us as we call on the EPA to take swift and strong action on climate for North Carolina.

For additional information or questions, contact Bill Gupton or Renee Reese.

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To learn more about the issues and solutions, plan to attend this September 4th  program at the University City Regional Library!

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