Charlotte Stormwater Pollution – Harming Our Lakes, Streams and Rivers

On Monday, September 22, Charlotte City Council has planned a Public Hearing that will, for the most part, determine the future water quality of our area lakes, streams and rivers.

Runoff from stormwater is a major contributor to water pollution. Watch this short video- “Storm Water Pollution: The Unknown Assailant” to learn about the issues involved (thanks to the Catawba Riverkeeper for posting this on their website).

Check back for more information on this issue this week.

See you on Sept 22 at the City Council Meeting!

Get to the People’s Climate March Anyway That You Can!

Get to the People’s Climate March anyway that you can. 10 buses will be leaving N.C. for NYC! 10 BUSES!

Last reports indicate that seats are available for just 2 buses:

Charlotte Bus #3 with Action NChttp://www.actionnc.org/climate_march?utm_campaign=climate_march&utm_medium=email&utm_source=actionnc. Contact Luis Rodriguez, luis@actionnc.org, for more info.

Raleigh/Durham Bus #4 with Greenway Transithttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/1W6YZN7yoiiDvBmhiwjNNjHwn394ajgXhesjlWsBkRqI/viewform?usp=send_form. Contact Marc Dreyfors, marc@greenwayrides.com, or Nicole Russ, nruss625@aol.com for more info.

Why not take the train? Amtrak trains (Sept. 16–24) offer a 10 percent discount fare: Ask for People’s Climate March Convention Fare Code X22T-908.

For updates, check back here or https://www.facebook.com/NCPeoplesClimateMarch

See you in NYC!

Sierra Club on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Take the time to watch this very good and short video about the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. It will definitely make you want to  Sign Up Today for the NC Sierra Club Wilderness Weekend!

On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law one of our country’s greatest conservation laws, the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wild lands for the use and enjoyment of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America’s support for wilderness, Congress has added nearly 100 million more acres to this unique land preservation system—in 44 out of 50 states. The 1964 Wilderness Act defines “Wilderness” as areas “where the earth and its community of life …appear to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man’s work substantially unnoticeable…”

Wilderness Interviewees

Sign Up Today for the NC Sierra Club Wilderness Weekend!

The Sept. 26 – 27 Sierra Club Wilderness Celebration happening at Morrow Mountain State Park is just around the corner.  If you haven’t already reserved your spot, it’s not too late.  Click here to let us know you are coming.

There are plenty of great outings for this weekend celebration.  Click here to see the full list of outings!

Here are 5 things that we are looking forward to, and hope you are as well!

Canoeing on Lake Tillery, Yadkin-Pee Dee River and Hidden Lake

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This paddle goes upriver to the Yadkin Falls Dam and back, exploring the mouth of the Uwharrie River and the hidden lakes.  Bald eagles are often seen in these areas. The trip begins at the Morrow Mountain State Park Boathouse and will last about 2 hours.

Click here for more information and to reserve your spot on this outing! It’s certainly going to fill up.

A Service Outing

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Morrow Mountain rangers and staff have been very generous with their time and facilities for our celebration weekend.  This is our opportunity to give something back!  So be sure to bring your work gloves with you to this party!

Click here to let us know if you will be a lending a hand at this service outing

Birkhead Wilderness Hike

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A wilderness celebration wouldn’t be complete without a wilderness hike.  This hike will take about two hours and space is very limited.

Click here to join Henry Fansler for a hike in the Birkhead wilderness area!

Camping!

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Anyone can get a campsite of their own, but Nancy Card has reserved a group site for folks coming to celebration!  Email Nancy at (ourwildnc@gmail.com) if you want to stay at the group site – it too is filling up fast!

Campfires! Ghost stories!  S’mores!

The Kron Homestead

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Ranger Ron Anundson will open the buildings and guide us through the restored homestead, office, greenhouse and family graveyard of Dr. Francis Kron.

Those who sign up for this tour are in for a treat indeed! Don’t be left out! Click here to sign up.  Space is limited!

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you at Morrow Mountain State Park!

Nancy Card

Chair of the Wilderness Celebration Committee

p.s. – Be sure to bring your lunch on Saturday! And click here to choose your food option for Saturday night’s celebratory event!  

New EPA rules on carbon will benefit economy

Thanks to Joel Olsen, president at Cornelius-based O2energies Inc., for speaking out in the Charlotte Business Journal opinion – New EPA rules on carbon will benefit economy!

Won’t you stand with Joel and others from across the state and speak out tomorrow, September 9th, at the Charlotte Citizen’s Climate Hearing (see flyer below for more information)?

Citizen’s Climate Hearing
September 9th
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Myers Park Baptist Church
Heaton Hall
1900 Queens Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207

Free Solar Tours preceding the hearing – 5:00 and 5:30 PM

Hearing Format
•    Please limit oral comments to 3 minutes (typically 400 – 450 words)
•    Please bring a copy of prepared comments for the court reporter (optional)
•    Written comments may be of any length and submitted without public speaking

 

New EPA rules on carbon will benefit economy

VIEWPOINT – Sept 5, 2014
Joel Olsen

With the recent announcement of new federal rules to reduce carbon dioxide, market opportunities will open for clean energy, which is good news for North Carolina.

Our already booming solar industry ranks second in the nation for utility-scale capacity. Our state hosts more than 18,000 full-time jobs in the clean-energy sector.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s rules create an opportunity for renewable-energy and energy-efficiency businesses, as well as natural gas and nuclear, to play an increasingly important role in the transition to a low-carbon future.

The EPA rules also will help level the playing field both nationally and on the global stage where U.S. industry must compete.

Take our automobile industry as an example. When lax domestic regulations allowed automakers to produce cars with lower fuel efficiency in the U.S. market, they quickly found that those cars could not be sold in foreign markets with higher fuel-efficiency standards. Instead of boosting efficiency, the U.S. auto industry lost market share, jobs and investor confidence as it tried to protect itself from being held to the regulatory requirements of its global competitors.

The new rules set national standards to reduce emissions from the generation of electricity, the largest source of carbon in the country. These stricter requirements will promote innovation, investment and jobs in America for clean-energy business while reducing emissions that cause pollution and global warming.

For O2energies, a developer and owner of solar farms in the Southeast, the new rules provide a clear market signal to our investors, suppliers and contractors that they should invest in projects, manufacture products and add jobs.

Thanks again Joel!

 

Charlotte Citizens Climate Hearing

March or the Polar Bear gets it!

OK, we really would do that. Or would we?!?!?!

Make sure that we don’t. Sign up for the Charlotte to New York City People’s Climate March Bus – Limited Seats, Sign Up Today!

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It’s going to be a powerful day! Be a part of history. Sign up for the Charlotte to New York City People’s Climate March Bus – Limited Seats, Sign Up Today!

 

Sept 7th – Watch “DISRUPTION: Climate. Change.”

Watch the video trailer and plan to watch the full showing. I’m sure that after seeing it you’ll want to sign up for the Charlotte to New York City People’s Climate March Bus – Limited Seats, Sign Up Today!

“When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?” This is the question that Disruption investigates in the 60-minute documentary with narration based on the writings of Bill McKibben.

Disruption takes a fearless look at the devastating consequences of inaction on climate change. The film calls for bold action now and shows how building a renewable energy future can help provide solutions to our fossil-fuel addicted economy. “We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it,” says the films synopsis.

Disruption takes you behind-the-scenes of the efforts to organize what will likely be the largest climate rally in the history of the planet—the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21 in New York City during the United Nation’s Climate Summit.

Disruption will be released for free online Sept. 7. Independent screenings and house parties are being planned around the country so people can watch the movie together.

The film boasts inspiring interviews with many climate leaders including: Leslie Cagan, Keya Chatterjee, Dr. Heidi Cullen, Justin Gillis, Dr. James Hansen, Chris Hayes, Dennis Hayes, Naomi Klein, Van Jones, Bill McKibben, Dr. Naomi Oreskes, Ricken Patel, Yeb Saño, Jeanette Toomer and more.

P.S. Seats are filling fast. Sign up for the Charlotte to New York City People’s Climate March Bus – Limited Seats, Sign Up Today!