December Meeting to be held at the March for Climate Justice

March for Climate Justice

at the Clean Power Plan Public Hearing

Wednesday, December 16

4 p.m.Rally at Marshall Park and 5 p.m. March to the Mecklenburg County Government Center

“We Can Do More, We Should Do More, We MUST Do More!”

The Clean Power Plan represents a historic effort to address climate change by placing the first limits on carbon dioxide pollution from existing coal-fired power plants and speeding the transition to clean energy. Sadly, rather than move our state forward the McCrory administration prefers to use taxpayer money to pick a fight with the EPA, and put forward an inadequate plan that is designed to fail, resulting in wasted money and time that could be better spent on an honest effort to reduce carbon emissions in NC.

Why We are Marching

We know that a higher percentage of minority and low-income communities live near power plants when compared to the national averages.  We know that a strong and just Clean Power Plan will ensure communities that have long borne the brunt of fossil fuel pollution–primarily minority, low-income, and indigenous communities–share in the public health and economic benefits expected from the shift to clean energy. The McCrory Administration has made it clear that  they would rather listen to the small choir of fossil-fuel funded front groups and climate deniers, than listen to the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians that are demanding the opportunity to have a clean, and just, energy future.

The plan being proposed to the public is not sufficient to meet the carbon dioxide emissions reductions required by the EPA and the McCrory administration has not taken into consideration any input from stakeholders or  vulnerable communities in drafting a plan for our state.  Instead, they are putting forward a plan that is intended to fail so it can pursue a politically motivated lawsuit.  Doing so is a waste of taxpayer money and is disrespectful to the public and the basic tenets of good governance. More needs to be done to protect our communities from the pollution of dirty power plants. It is incumbent on our state leaders to rise up to the major challenges we face and ensure those least responsible for climate change don’t suffer disproportionately from the impacts.  If the McCrory Administration won’t listen to us — we will rise up and let our voices be heard!

We Can Do More, We Should Do More, We Must Do More!

What We Are Demanding from the McCrory Administration:

1. Provide transparent and meaningful engagement for minority populations, low-income populations, tribes, and indigenous peoples during the drafting of the state’s plan, as required by the EPA.  Evaluate how the Clean Power Plan will impact low-income and minority communities.

2. Build upon our state’s booming clean energy sector to generate clean, renewable energy that will create jobs and investment in our communities.

3. Take advantage of energy efficiency as the least cost compliance option for reducing carbon pollution and, at the same time, help consumers reduce their energy consumption and power bills.

3. Participate in the EPA’s Clean Energy Incentive Program to earn credit for new renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. Energy efficiency programs in low-income communities earn double credit and should be prioritized.

4. Restrict coal and natural gas power plants that have potential to cause disproportionate pollution in low-income communities from buying allowances that enable them to continue polluting.

5. Support programs to help low-income communities gain access to renewable energy and energy efficiency, especially in affordable housing.

​Bring signs, banners, instruments, songs, chants, and your friends! This event is a safe space for everyone and everyone is invited to join us as we demand action for climate justice.


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“Green Friday” Hike – Nov 27 – Anne Springs Close Greenway

Let’s make it a “Green Friday” with a morning hike at Anne Springs Close Greenway in nearby Fort Mill.  Get some post-Thanksgiving exercise!

Here are the details:

Anne Springs Close Greenway – Friday November 27, 2015

Fort Mill, SC

Start: 9:00 AM  End: About 12:00 Noon
Sierra Club Hike Leader: Steve Copulsky
Cost: $5 fee per person paid to Greenway at entrance (property is run as a non-profit).
Please bring exact amount in cash – you might have to stuff it in a drop box.

Hike Details: This hike is a nice 6 mile loop through the woods of this 2,100 acre
nature preserve in nearby Fort Mill. We’ll cross 3 swinging bridges and pass by two
19th century log cabins, including one that belonged to Billy Graham’s grandfather. The land is fairly level, but it’s a trail through the woods, not a flat paved greenway such as those in Mecklenburg County.

Hike Level: Easy to Moderate

What to Bring: It can get muddy in a few spots if there has been any rain, so hiking
boots are recommended. Shoes with good treads are okay, but no smooth soles. Bring water. Bring a rain jacket if there’s a chance of rain.

Limit 20 hikers.  People-friendly dogs are okay, but the Greenway requires that they must remain on a leash at all times.

To sign up and get details about our meeting location, email Steve Copulsky at or call 704-458-6651.

Participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver which will be available at the trailhead.



Dec. 1, 2015 Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center 7:00 p.m.

Details and tickets:

Tickets for are going quickly. Get yours soon!

Join National Public Radio’s Ira Flatow, host of “Science Friday,” and Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist for NASA, for an on-stage conversation at Booth Playhouse about America’s water crisis and the outlook for the Carolinas.

The two are appearing through “Our Times Re-Imagined,” a speaker series from the Charlotte Observer and Bank of America that brings major voices to Charlotte to discuss important matters of the day.

Famiglietti, called the “Al Gore of Water” for being one of the earliest scientific voices to predict a major drought in the western United States, will show NASA-produced images of the depletion of fresh groundwater throughout the nation. He and Flatow will discuss how California found itself in the fourth year of a drought that threatens the world’s richest food producing area – and how the rest of us can learn from its predicament.

The two will also touch on the Charlotte region and the Catawba River, which one advocacy group has labeled one of the nation’s most endangered rivers due to increased demands from growth, contamination and recurring droughts.

The audience is invited to post-event reception with Flatow and Famiglietti. In addition, every attendee will take home a beautiful poster of the Catawba River.

Great Outing on the New River Trail!

Thanks to Outings Leader Linda Alley for organizing a day on the New River Trail. Our group biked 30 miles on the beautiful “Rails to Trails” site and enjoyed relaxing in Galex, Va. afterwards.

Fall is a terrific season to take advantage of Sierra Club outings – plan to join us soon.

photo courtesy of Linda Alley

photos courtesy of Linda Alley

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Become A Sierra Club Outings Leader!

Outings Leaders

Have you ever been on a hike and thought “Wow! I’d loved to show this to someone else”? Become an Outings Leader for the Sierra Club by attending an all day training event on Outings 101 and First Aid! You need to be at least 18 yrs old and a member of the Sierra Club. Watch for the next training session to be posted.