Duke Energy Shareholder Meeting – April 30 Candlelight Vigil, May 1 Rally

Following the Dan River coal ash spill, citizens rallied to deliver thousands of petition signatures to Duke Energy calling for them to clean up their coal ash. Watch the short video to see scenes from that day.

Now we need your voice and your presence to send the Duke Energy leadership and major shareholders an even stronger and louder message. Organizations and individuals from across the Duke Energy Carolinas service area will gather for two powerful displays of our call for change. Please RSVP to let us know if you are attending the events and/or would like to help with outreach and turn out.

Light the Path Forward: Candlelight Vigil to Remember the Impacts of Coal Ash

Wednesday, April 30th, the eve of the Duke Energy annual shareholder meeting
7:30 to 8:30 PM
New Duke Energy Headquarters, 550 South Tryon St, Charlotte, NC

Duke Energy Shareholder Meeting Rally and Press Conference

Thursday, May 1st
8:30 AM arrive and set up for 9:00 AM rally and press conference
Former Duke Energy headquarters, 526 South Church St, Charlotte, NC (location of shareholder meeting)

Download and share the 2014 Duke Energy Shareholder Meeting Flyer!

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Please RSVP to let us know if you are attending the events and/or would like to help with outreach and turn out.

 

 

 

Clergy, Lay Leaders, and People of Faith – A Call to “Light the Path Forward”

Light the path forward:

Candlelight vigil to remember the impacts of coal ash

Two Candles

Wednesday, April 30th, the eve of the Duke Energy annual shareholder meeting
7:30 to 8:30 PM
New Duke Energy Headquarters, 550 South Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
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Facebook: Light the Path Forward

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Faith traditions around the world have a rich heritage of preserving and protecting the environment and speaking out on environmental justice issues (see below). That’s why we need clergy, lay leaders, and people of faith to join us and send Duke Energy, their Board of Directors, and major shareholders a message calling for a new path forward. This is an opportunity to speak out and show our solidarity on three key issues:

Climate Disruption – The recent IPCC report “Climate Change 2014 Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” and the NBC news “Our Year of Extremes: Did Climate Change Just Hit Home?” illustrate how communities are suffering the impact of climate disruption. Changing the business practices of Duke Energy, the largest investor owned utility in the world, will send a strong message that we have a moral obligation to act on climate change.

Coal Ash Clean Up – Clergy and lay leaders have a responsibility as stewards of our environment to speak out to preserve and protect our air, water, lands and the health of our communities. Duke Energy must take immediate action to stop their coal ash pollution, remove the coal ash from our drinking water supplies, store the dry coal ash in properly designed and monitored lined containments that do not place extra burdens on low income and communities of color.

Cost of Coal Ash Clean Up – Duke CEO Lynn Good has gone on record as saying that rate payers will be charged for coal ash clean up in North Carolina. Duke Energy has profited for years from avoiding dealing with safe, long term storage of coal ash. We need the faith community to speak out about the potential impact on seniors, those on fixed income, the un/underemployed, and businesses and schools in our communities.

Make plans to join us and to help announce this gathering. Please RSVP to Bill Gupton or for questions and more information.

Faith, the Environment, and Environmental Justice

Catholic Church

“The vocation of being a “protector,” however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live”

~ Pope Francis, [ Homily of Pope Francis, 19 March 2013.]

Islam

Allah, in His Wisdom, appointed humans, the creatures that He has conferred with the faculty of reason and with free will, to be His vice regents on earth. And while Allah has invited people to partake of the fruits of the earth for their rightful nourishment and enjoyment, He has also directed them not to waste that which Allah has provided for him—for He loveth not wasters.

~ Hyder Ihsan Mahasneh, biologist and Islamic scholar, [Faiths and Ecology: Islamic Faith Statement]

Judaism

‘Therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live’ (Deuteronomy 30:20). Humankind has solemn obligation to improve the world for future generations. Minimizing climate change requires us to learn how to live within the ecological limits of the earth so that we will not compromise the ecological or economic security of those who come after us.”,

~ Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, [Confronting the Challenge of Climate Change, 06/1998]

Buddhism

The scientific consensus is overwhelming: human activity is triggering environmental breakdown on a planetary scale… Collectively, we are violating the first precept—“do not harm living beings”—on the largest possible scale. And we cannot foresee the biological consequences for human life when so many species that invisibly contribute to our own well-being vanish from the planet…

~ The Dalai Lama, [The Time to Act is Now: A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change]

Unitarian Universalist Association

“As Unitarian Universalists, we are called by our seventh Principle to affirm and promote “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”

~ 2006 Statement of Conscience, [Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change, 2006]

Other Christian Traditions

Southern Baptist Conference

[A Southern Baptist Declaration on the Environment and Climate Change]

Evangelical Christianity

[Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action]

Episcopal Church

[Unnumbered Resolution: The Episcopal Church commits to Climate Justice for all God’s People and all God’s Creation, July 2012]

National Association of Evangelicals

[Loving the Least of These: Addressing a Changing Environment (pdf), 2011]

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

[Carbon Neutral Resolution, 2008]

Christian Reformed Church

[Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony in 2008]

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

[Environment Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice, 08/28/1993]

United Church of Christ

[A Resolution on Climate Change,2007]

United Methodist Church

[ Issues: Climate Justice]

Source: FCNL: http://fcnl.org/issues/energy/faith_statements_climate/

 

 

Solarize Charlotte Kick-Off Meeting – April 15, 6:30 PM

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Solarize Charlotte Kick-Off Meeting

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Area 15
514 E 15th St, Charlotte, NC
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We have exciting news about renewable energy! This spring and summer we will be building broad and diverse support for rooftop solar by “Solarizing” Charlotte.

Please join us to learn more about the program and how to get involved in outreach. This is an evening you don’t want to miss!

“Solarize” is a Department of Energy-endorsed program that is designed to increase access to distributed solar by removing historic barriers to solar–including cost and hassle. This time-limited opportunity uses grassroots networks, bulk purchasing discounts, and tax incentives to provide home owners in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union and Cabarrus Counties with cleaner and cheaper energy options.

We believe that solar is for everyone and we want Solarize Charlotte to be a strong and diverse effort. A critical component of the program is an intentional outreach and education drive to get the word out about Solarize.

Together we can bring Solar to Charlotte.

 

Help Mecklenburg Park and Recreation Plan Its Future

Do you like trees, trails, nature preserves, greenways, parks, environmental education, sports facilities, and other venues that make our county greener and more sustainable? I thought so! Then take some time and share your thoughts about the future plans for our Mecklenburg Park and Recreation!

P.S. Why not also get out today and explore a new county park or nature preserve? And when you see a Park & Rec staff member, thank them for preserving and protecting our special areas!

Meck Park and Rec

Help Park and Recreation Plan Its Future

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is updating its comprehensive master plan, and they want your input.

The master plan is more than just a capital investment plan. It includes recreation and educational program services, policy recommendations, service levels, revenue/sponsorship/cost recovery recommendations, and marketing. Park and Recreation updates the master plan every five years in an attempt to ensure services are closely aligned with the needs of our residents. It serves as a “blueprint” for future initiatives, facilities, and programs, as well as strategies for accomplishing the goals of the plan.

View recommendations and provide input here

Advocating With Compassion – April 27th

Make plans to join our environmental justice partner, North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light, as they sponsor this powerful workshop on how to become a better steward and advocate for our environment.

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Free Workshop!
Advocating With Compassion

Hilton Charlotte University Place
April 27th 2014, 3 – 5 pm

NC Interfaith Power & Light invites you to join us for a workshop on the moral call to be good stewards of Creation.  We will explore what it means to be an advocate and why the faith voice is so valuable in public policy.  Presentations will also include how the policy process works, the current political lay of the land in NC, pressing environmental issues before the NC General Assembly, and ways your community can make a difference.

Our presenters are:

Please join us for this workshop and discover ways your faith community can effectively call for change!Free and open to the public.  Please register now by clicking this link

For more information please contact: Veronica Shingleton veronica@harmonizingstrategies.com

Unleash the Flood: Duke Shareholder Meeting – Candlelight Vigil (4/30) and Rally and Press Conference (5/1)

Yes, there is a huge dam of public anger about the way Duke Energy, NC DENR, and Governor Pat McCrory are dealing with cleaning up the North Carolina toxic coal ash pits. That’s why YOU should join hundreds of citizens from across the state and other Duke Energy service areas in calling for change. There will be two peaceful gatherings around the Duke Energy shareholder meeting. Email me at BillGupton1@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.

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Here’s how you can be a part of the flood of people calling on Duke Energy to clean up their act.

A number of organizations have been working on activities surrounding the Duke Energy annual shareholder meeting to be held in Charlotte. We would really like your help in getting the word out AND getting folks to come to our two major actions:

Light the path forward: Candlelight vigil to remember the impacts of coal ash
Wednesday, April 30th, the eve of the Duke Energy annual shareholder meeting
7:30 to 8:30 PM
New Duke Energy Headquarters, 550 South Tryon St, Charlotte, NC

Duke Energy Shareholder Meeting Rally and Press Conference
Thursday, May 1st
8:30 AM arrive and set up for 9:00 AM rally and press conference
Former Duke Energy headquarters, 526 South Church St, Charlotte, NC (location of shareholder meeting)

Here’s some ways that you can help:

  • Candlelight Vigil
    • Contact your personal house of worship clergy and ask them to attend the candlelight vigil. Email me their information so I can keep track of those attending.
    • Reach out to the your contacts in the local faith community and ask other clergy to attend the vigil.
    • Announce the vigil to your friends and networks via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
    • Plan to attend the vigil!
    • Other ideas and suggestions welcomed – contact Emma Greenbaum <emma.greenbaum@gmail.com> or me.
  • Shareholder Meeting Rally and Press Conference
    • Announce the rally to your friends and networks via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
    • Make signs and banners and plan to attend the rally.
    • Proxies – If you have a Duke Energy proxy and would like to assign it so that someone can go inside the meeting, contact Kelly Martin <kelly.martin@sierraclub.org>.
    • Other ideas and suggestions welcomed!

If you are planning to bring a carpool of folks to the events, Sierra Club has some funds available to provide assistance. You will need to contact Kelly Martin and complete a form for partial reimbursement.

Spread the word and see you on April 30th and May 1st!

Charlotte Environment Committee Coal Ash Review – Apr 9, 2:00 PM

If you attend this committee meeting you get a 2-for-one bonus! Come hear about a new Charlotte Solid Waste study AND the City Coal Ash Due Diligence Review . Be sure to speak to your City Council member before or after the meeting and let them know that we need to develop a model, gold standard coal ash storage at the Charlotte Airport.

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