Sign up today for the “Explore Our Wild NC Challenge”! North Carolina has some great Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas. Why not plan to visit and experience all these great sites in the coming year? Check out the Sierra Club Our Wild NC website for information about all of these beautiful NC treasures.
Explore Our Wild North Carolina Flyer July 31
Sign up today for the “Explore Our Wild NC Challenge”! The sign up period ends July 31st.
Please join us on Wednesday July 23rd for a presentation on the outdoor treasures of Mecklenburg County.
Stephen Hutchinson, Nature Center Manager at Latta Plantation, will present on the abundant resources of Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation Department. You will be delighted to learn about such great opportunities as kayak tours, canoe rentals, horseback riding, tractor drawn hay rides, cowboy style campfire dinners, Segway adventure tours, GPS treasure hunts, hiking, camping, and more – all nearby.
As usual our meeting is at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. It begins at 6:30pm with free pizza, followed by a short business meeting, and then the formal presentation.
Parking is free. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you.
Want to meet other folks involved in preserving and protecting our Charlotte area drinking water AND have a fun time? Make plans to attend the We Love Mountain Island Lake Day.
EPA Hearing on Carbon Pollution Standard
We invite you to join us!
Tuesday, July 29, from 9am to 8pm
Concerned citizens from around the region are planning to attend the EPA’s public hearing in Atlanta on the newly-proposed Clean Power Plan to set limits on carbon pollution. The hearing will convene at 9:00 a.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. EST and you will need to register here to offer comments. The last day to pre-register in advance will be Friday, July 25, 2014.
For more information about the hearing, visit EPA’s Carbon Rule hearing page; for more information about the proposed rule, check out Mary Anne Hitts’ recent piece on The Next Steps for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and the EPA’s Carbon Pollution Standards webpage.
If you are interested in participating, contact Zak Keith or Emma Greenbaum today!
EPA Hearing on Carbon Pollution Standard
When: Tuesday, July 29th, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
61 Forsyth Street, SW
Atlanta, GA, 30303
Interested in coming but not sure what to say? Contact
Can’t make it to Atlanta? Submit a comment online, here.
The Forest Service will hold a public meeting for the plan revision on July 10,2014
At the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Asheville, NC
Discussion topics will include (1) wildlife habitat and (2) managing for ecosystem integrity and ecosystem diversity. An information and comment station for Wild and Scenic Rivers will also be available
Tentative meeting time is from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A meeting agenda will be posted online by July 1st
The Preliminary Need to Change the Existing Land Management Plan has been updated based on scoping comments.
Coming Next in August and September: Establishing Management Areas, Desired Conditions, Objectives, Standards and Guidelines in the Revised Plan
We anticipate six public meetings across Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in the vicinity of the six ranger districts.
They will be talking about wildlife habitat, ecosystem diversity and integrity, and Wild and Scenic Rivers. There is going to be a presentation on Potential Additions to Wilderness.
Nancy and I watched this last night. Wow! Double Wow!!
This is a powerful and sobering reminder of the courage and sacrifice needed to create change in the civil rights movement. What lessons can we learn, what spark of passion and commitment can be gained to apply to our work to protect our environment and our democracy today? Watch this and be moved…
Set your DVR for WTVI on Wednesday, June 25th at 9pm!
During the summer of 1964, the nation’s eyes were riveted on Mississippi. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in the nation’s most segregated state. Working together, they canvassed for voter registration, created Freedom Schools, and established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, with the goal of challenging the segregationist state Democratic Party at the national convention in Atlantic City. The campaign was marked by sustained and deadly violence, including the notorious murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of 35 churches and the bombing of 70 homes and Freedom Houses.
The 1984 North Carolina Wilderness Act has protected significant natural areas around North Carolina for 30 years. To celebrate these 30 years the North Carolina Sierra Club Chapter has published http://www.ourwildnc.org to educate our membership of these important areas and their history.
The Central Piedmont Group is encouraging our members to visit these sites. To help we will briefly feature a different State Wilderness Area at our monthly meetings. This month’s area is Birkhead Mountains. You can find directions to Birkhead Mountains Wilderness Area and interesting historical information at the U.S. Forest Services website, http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=49146&actid=51.
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”
— John Muir
“We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”
— Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The same people the Sierra Club is fighting for attacking clean energy and climate change protection laws are the same people who are trying to restrict voting. We know that to protect our environment we must protect our democracy.”
— Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club
Here’s an opportunity to see two really interesting films that tie into the Sierra Club’s Democracy Program. Please RSVP and thanks to the organizers of these events!
Movie Party in Charlotte: America Has a Koch Problem
Host: Ann H.
Where: CM Independence Reg. Library Conference Room (in Charlotte)
When: Saturday, Jun. 28, at 2:00 p.m.
What: We’re getting together to watch Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition. This acclaimed new release pulls back the curtain on Charles and David Koch, yanking them out of the shadows and exposing them for what they are: a self-interested, ultraconservative demolition crew hell-bent on crushing the Affordable Care Act, Social Security, the Environmental Protection Agency, and so much more. Will you join us?
Please RSVP at Yes, I’ll be there!
State of Conflict: North Carolina
This may be the timeliest movie we have done considering the recent lifting of the fracking ban in our state. Some counties are planning to sue the state around stopping the process. Please see the attached flier and come out for this movie and a planning session afterwards considering what we in Charlotte might do.
Sacred Activist at Unity of Charlotte
Have you been considering solar energy for your home? Find out why now is the time to join the solar revolution going on in the greater Charlotte area! Solarize Charlotte offers group volume discounts; free financial analysis and site evaluation and expert installation by the Renewable Energy Design Group, L3c (RED Group); and, an easy financing option by Admirals Bank through their expedited solar loan process. Act now to take advantage of the special Solarize Charlotte program which ends July 31st. Make plans to join us for this informative and energizing program!
Energizing Charlotte with Solar Power
Making Residential Solar Easy and Affordable
June 24th Free Program and Tour
Tuesday, June 24th
Tours from 6:30 – 7:00 PM (Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Program from 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Myers Park Baptist Church
The Cornwell Center – Learning Center Room
2001 Selwyn Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28207
For more information on Solarize Charlotte go to CleanerIsCheaper.com or call (919) 324-6508