Why wilderness?

Just two and a half weeks until the official 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Join us for a celebration this month – Aug 27 – Join us for a 70th, 50th, 40th, 30th Anniversary Party! – and next month too – Save the Date! Sierra Club Wilderness Celebration, Sept 26-28.

September 3, 1964

Sierra Club Wilderness Celebration
Morrow Mountain State Park
Sept 26-28
We are planning a fun weekend full of outings, camping, picnics, presentations and more!
Save the Date! Sierra Club Wilderness Celebration, Sept 26-28

Sierra Club NC Chapter Wilderness Celebration website
Our Wild NC

Central Piedmont Group (Charlotte) Area Resources
Birkhead Wilderness – Uwharrie National Forest – Morrow Mountain State Park

Central Piedmont Group (Charlotte) 50th Wilderness Act
50 Years of Wilderness

Central Piedmont Group (Charlotte) North Carolina 30th Wilderness Act
30 Years of NC Wilderness

Celebrate wilderness
Aug 27 – Join us for a 70th, 50th, 40th, 30th Anniversary Party!
Host a house party and protect America’s special places!

Happy 70th Birthday Smokey Bear! and Happy 40th Birthday Mecklenburg Park and Rec!

Moral Week of Action – Why You Should Be There!

Not sure why we need a Moral Week of Action – or why you should be there?

Watch the video below:


Friday, August 22 – Thursday, Aug 28

Join us for seven consecutive days of action at the North Carolina State Capitol to expose and challenge the destructive laws coming out of Raleigh. Every day for one week, we will gather outside the offices of power and demand that Gov. Pat McCrory, House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate Leader Phil Berger repent and repeal their public policy attacks on North Carolinians’ civil and human rights. We are fighting for the type of democracy that places the common good at the center of public policy!

Each day we will emphasize several urgent issues, but all justice-loving people are encouraged to attend all the days. On the final day,Thursday, August 28, the 51st Anniversary of the March on Washington, we will hold a mass rally on Bicentennial Mall for voting rights and voter mobilization – the Vote Your Dreams, Not Your Fears Rally – at 5:30 pm.

Aug Moral Monday

Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook!


Friday, 8.22 – Labor Rights, Fair and Living Wages, and Economic Justice

Saturday, 8.23 – Education and Criminal Justice

Sunday, 8.24 – Equal Protection under the Law: Call for Respect in the Law and in the Community regardless of race, creed, class, gender, sexual orientation and immigration status

Monday, 8.25 – Youth Moral Monday

Tuesday, 8.26 – Women’s Rights

Wednesday, 8.27 – Medicaid Expansion, Health Care and Environmental Justice

Thursday, 8.28 – Vote Your Dreams, Not Your Fears Mass Rally for Voting Rights


Forward Together, 

Not One Step Back!

Your ride to NYC is coming soon!


RSVP now

We’re working to secure a Charlotte bus to New York City!

Until details are confirmed, sign up to show your interest AND help spread the word. Details and more information to follow!


Sign up now to reserve your seat — find a bus or train to the climate march!


In just six weeks, you’re going to be part of history.

Thank you for signing up to join the People’s Climate March here in New York City — the biggest climate march in history. We’re taking to the streets right before world leaders gather in New York for an historic UN summit, and we can make sure that President Obama gets the message: Lead the world in addressing climate change.

Planning your trip to NYC for the march just got a whole lot easier. Thanks to volunteers from all around the country, there are already dozens of buses and trains planned to take folks to and from the march. Now that you’ve signed up for the march, you can find a bus or train nearby and buy a ticket or reserve a seat.

Check out the list of buses and trains, then sign up to make sure you have a seat!

There’s no doubt this will be huge, and it’s getting bigger by the day. As we get closer to September 21st, more and more buses and trains will be added as people around the country step up to coordinate travel from their hometowns.

I’ll keep you in the loop with more details about the march soon, but for now, circle September 21st on your calendar — and find your ride!

Thank you for all you do,

Dan Sherrell
Sierra Club Organizer

Citizen’s Climate Hearing in Charlotte September 9th – Put it on your calendar!

EPA Carbon 40%

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 Sierra Club and our partners to call on the EPA to take swift and strong action on climate for North Carolina.

Citizen’s Climate Hearing

Myers Park Baptist Church

Heaton Hall 

1900 Queens Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Aug 27 – Join us for a 70th, 50th, 40th, 30th Anniversary Party!

This is a special year for NC and Charlotte outdoors!

Smokey 70th

This is the 70th anniversary of the Smokey Bear Wildfire campaignHappy 70th Birthday Smokey Bear! 

Wilderness 50

The 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act50 Years of Wilderness

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The 40th anniversary of Char-Meck Park & RecHappy 40th Birthday Mecklenburg Park and Rec!

NC Wilderness Celebration

And the 30th anniversary of the NC Wilderness Act30 Years of NC Wilderness

Wow! Join us Wednesday, August 27th at 6:30 PM for a celebration with pizza and cake. The celebration will take place prior to our regular monthly meeting at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte, NC. Free parking is available.

Sept 4 – “Understanding the Climate Change Problem and Seeking Solutions”

Make plans to attend this timely and informative program!

Join the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room and the Sierra Club Central Piedmont Group  as we welcome Dr. Jason West of UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. West will be presenting a lecture entitled, “Understanding the Climate Change Problem and Seeking Solutions” at the University City Regional Library, 301 East W.T. Harris Blvd, Charlotte, NC on Thursday, September 4th, from 6:00 until 8:30 PM.

Climate Change Solutions


Webinar: Understanding American Values on Climate

Looks like a very good webinar. Make plans to participate. Click here to sign-up.

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is pleased to announce that Southeast Coastal Climate Network’s (SECCN) webinar series will continue with a presentation about Americans’ values on climate change. These webinars are your opportunity to learn about climate and energy issues that SECCN engages in everyday.

Join us for this webinar as we talk with Bob Perkowitz, Founder and President of ecoAmerica, to discuss ecoAmerica’s latest research, American Climate Values 2014. This research details how Americans think, feel and react to climate and environmental issues, and uses a sophisticated, psychographic-based, research methodology to draw insights on how to effectively engage Americans on climate solutions.

Understanding American Values on Climate: Practical Applications for Public Engagement on Climate Solutions
Friday, August 15, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Click here to sign-up

Save the Date! Sierra Club Wilderness Celebration, Sept 26-28

50 years ago, the Wilderness Act of 1964 protected two wilderness areas in North Carolina.

30 years ago, the North Carolina Wilderness Act designated seven new wilderness areas and protected five more as study areas.

Learn the History →

“The question then is who will speak for wilderness? The wild regions of our public lands belong to all of us.”

- Dr. Robbie Cox, October 28, 1983

From comments made before the Subcommittee on Public Lands and  National Parks of the Committee on the Interior, House of Representatives, U.S. Congress

Our Wild NC Sept

Save the Date!

Sierra Club Wilderness Celebration

Morrow Mountain State Park
Sept 26-28

We are planning a fun weekend full of outings, camping, picnics, presentations and more!

Host a house party and protect America’s special places!

Host a house party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and protect America’s special places!
Wilderness 50 logo

Dear Sierra Club members and supporters,

Host a house party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and protect America’s special places!

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law and since then over 750 wilderness areas have been designated from coast to coast – from Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to 1.5 million acres of Florida’s Everglades.

Americans have used the Wilderness Act to preserve nearly 110 million acres of public lands in their natural state for everyone to enjoy — but there are still so many deserving wild lands that must be protected. Wild lands filter the air we breathe and the water we drink; they generate fertile soils, control pests that destroy crops, provide habitat for wildlife, sequester carbon pollution and control floods. They also contribute to the multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation economy and provide important opportunities for people from all backgrounds to reconnect with nature.

The more people know about why wilderness matters the more they will do to protect these special places!

That’s why the Sierra Club is teaming up with the Smithsonian Channel to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and to get the word out about how we can protect more of America’s wild lands!

Sign up to host a house party on September 2. You will have the opportunity to join in a discussion with Sierra Club Executive Director, Michael Brune about the Wilderness Act and get an advance screening of the Smithsonian Channel’s special Wilderness episode of Aerial America! Sign up and host a house party now!


WHO: Friends, family, Sierra Club, Smithsonian Channel and you!
WHAT: Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Celebration House Party
WHEN: Tuesday, September 2 at 5pm PST, 6pm MST, 7pm CST, 8pm EST
WHERE: Your house!

SIGN UP: http://action.sierraclub.org/wilderness50hp

We make hosting a house party easy. You will be provided all the materials you need to have a successful event including a step-by-step guide, a DVD of the Smithsonian Channel Aerial America episode and a follow-up call to answer any questions you might have.

You’ll be taken on a cross-country journey over the icy wild of Alaska, past western mountains and otherworldly stone monoliths, and across deserts, badlands and everglades. Collectively these untamed worlds tell the story of America’s ancient history, its westward expansion, and its grassroots conservation, all offered from a spectacular bird’s eye view.

You’ll also be doing your part to help engage more people in the movement to protect America’s special places for generations to come – places like Boulder-White Clouds in Idaho and Greater Canyonlands in Utah.

But it won’t happen unless you sign up to host a house party and invite your friends and family to join you. Sign up today, celebrate and protect more of America’s wild lands!

Thanks for all you do to protect the environment,

Dan Chu
Our Wild America Campaign — Director
Sierra Club

August 27 Monthly Meeting – Sustain Charlotte’s new Char-Meck Report Card

Sustain Charlotte 2014 Report Card

Please join us on August 27 for a presentation of Sustain Charlotte’s just released 2014 Charlotte-Meck Sustainability Report Card. Over a year in the making, this Report Card reviews the status of nine major categories relevant to our overall sustainability, including comparisons with national trends, and with suggestions as how we can improve. Overall compared with national trends Charlotte-Meck gets a “C”. Given that the Charlotte City Council has chosen to have ” … be a global leader in sustainability …” as one of its’ focus goals, this letter grade is disappointing.

Sustain Charlotte will be represented by Meg Fencil who will conduct the presentation and discussion.

As usual, pizza will be served around 6:30pm. We will have a short business meeting at 7pm. And the formal presentation will begin around 7:15pm.

We meet at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte, NC. Plenty of free parking is available.

See you there for this timely presentation.