Wednesday, July 22, 2015
2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC
Please join us at our July Monthly Meeting to explore our local Farm to Table Scene with a pot luck dinner of local, fresh food, and a panel discussion by local farm and food experts.
We will also have a raffle for gift certificates and local goods.
The local farm to table movement has grown dramatically in recent years as more and more people have become interested in healthy eating. Farmers markets are now common on many weekends. Interest in organic foods and the offerings of our local Healthy Home Market in Plaza Midwood are high.
Bring a dish to share and interact with our panel to broaden your perspective on the growing local food scene in greater Charlotte.
Bring a friend and hope to see you there.
David Robinson, Chair, Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club
What You Will Learn:
*What the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will do and what it means for the future of clean energy in North Carolina
*How we will win and how we will secure a strong clean energy future for North Carolina
*Volunteer and leadership opportunities
*Including time for Q&A
What: Clean Power Plan Campaign Overview and Training
Where: Online, anywhere!
When: Tuesday, June 2 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Who: Anyone who wants to know more about the campaign and how to get involved in securing a Clean Power Plan for NC!
(you will receive further information on joining the webinar at the date/time above)
Why: On June 2, 2014, as part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed the Clean Power Plan, our nation’s first protections from carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. The Plan puts states in the driver’s seat to hasten their shift to clean energy and reduce carbon pollution.
But the agency responsible for developing the Clean Power Plan, under the leadership of Governor Pat McCrory, is standing firm in their position against developing a Clean Power Plan for North Carolina and are not moving forward with engaging important public stakeholders.
With your help, we can get Governor McCrory to make a public commitment to develop a strong and just Clean Power Plan for North Carolina – one that cuts carbon emissions by advancing our clean energy economy in North Carolina.
Thanks for everything you do,
p.s. For more information on the Clean Power Plan visit www.cleanpowerplan.org
May 27 Monthly Sierra Club Meeting – Interfaith Perspectives on Caring For the Planet
We are pleased to host a panel of distinguished local religious leaders of different faiths who will share with us their religion’s perspectives on caring for the environment and the planet. As you might know a significant meeting of world leaders is occurring in Paris this December to try to agree on limiting global CO2 emissions so that the average world temperature will stay below 2 deg C. Support of all faiths is crucial to permit the negotiators to overcome the difficulties of reaching agreement.
Pope Francis is expected to address this issue with an encyclical in June.
We will begin the meeting with a showing of the short film Stewardship. This will be followed by comments from our panel and then Q & A. We welcome a lively discussion.
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
|Set the Senate’s priorities right:Tell Senator Tillis to stand up for people, not polluters!|
Kids in North Carolina don’t deserve a future with smog, carbon, mercury, and all the dangerous pollution that comes when reckless industries can run amok. That’s why it’s so disappointing that some U.S. senators — like Senator Tillis — keep choosing to side with the polluters who take in record profits at the expense of our communities, our health, and our climate.
When big polluters started pushing their agenda into the Senate’s budget resolution, Senator Tillis stood with them — and put polluter profits ahead of public health.
This was the first big environmental fight of the new Senate, and Senator Tillis let down the families of North Carolina when he voted:
– Against increasing renewable energy to fight climate change
– For an attack on the new Clean Power Plan
– Against the simple statement that climate change is real and that Congress needs to act
– Against protecting climate science from censorship
The Senate’s budget is a preview of the fights to come. The fossil fuel billionaires who bankrolled last year’s elections think that Americans voted for their agenda — for hazy skies and polluted water, scorching summers, droughts, and asthma attacks. But they’re wrong and it’s up to you to make sure Senator Tillis gets the message. Send your message now!
Thank you for all you do for the environment,
Beyond Coal Campaign
As many of you know we normally have our monthly meetings on the fourth Wednesday of the month. this month, April, the fourth Wednesday is April the 22nd, Earth Day, and the day that Sustain Charlotte is having its annual awards event. In deference to Sustain Charlotte we are pushing back our monthly meeting by one week to Wednesday April 29th at the usual place and time. Many of us will be attending the Sustain Charlotte event and encourage all of you to do so also. See http://www.sustaincharlotte.org/calendar for details.
On April 29th we will have the Catawba River presentation by Prof Reed Perkins of Queens University that was postponed from February due to the weather. Dr. Perkins has taught at Queens since 1998 and is very involved with exploring the urban ad natural systems of greater Charlotte. We are honored to have him present to us. We will follow his presentation with an exploration of the Catawba River Basin using interactive simulation software.
for the Queens profile of Dr. Perkins.
We will meet at the Mahlon Adams Pavillion in Freedom Park, Charlotte at 6:30pm for pizza and socializing. The our formal meeting begins at 7pm.
The event and parking are free.
No RSVP is necessary. Hope to see you there.
David Robinson, Chair, Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club
What will our Water System Master Plan look like moving forward? What goals and strategies are needed for 2016 to preserve and protect our Charlotte environment? Why not attend the CharlotteEnvironment Committee meeting on Monday, March 16 at 12:00 p.m. in Room 280 and find out so that you can speak out?
Join us as we help restore and revitalize native plant communities in Freedom Park. We will spend the morning primarily removing English ivy from the trees along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, part of the Carolina Thread Trail. Removing English ivy is crucial to maintaining the health of the trees and supports plant biodiversity which creates suitable habitat for wildlife. It also enhances the beauty of the park that so many of us enjoy. Children age 8 and up are welcome!
We will supply tools, but feel free to bring your own garden tools as well as work gloves, a hat, water, and snacks. We’ll work from 9am until noon. Contact Mary Lou Buck to sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. You can view the waiver here:
Limited to 25 participants.