Sept 30 People’s Climate March Celebration: Images, Voices and Next Actions

People's Climate March

This is a get together for all the folks that traveled on the three Charlotte buses to the people’s Climate March, AND those that couldn’t make the trip but marched in spirit, AND those that want to work together to address the Climate Crisis.

Join us Tuesday, Sept 30th, for the Charlotte People’s Climate March Celebration: Images, Voices and Next Actions! We’ll meet from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at 5700 Executive Center Drive, Suite. 206, for a potluck dinner, a chance to share and relive the powerful day in New York City, and to talk about how we can work together to take this Moment and and turn it into a Movement! Please bring a dish to share, if you can.

For questions or more information, contact Luis Rodriguez, Hanna Mitchell, or Bill Gupton

Charlotte People’s Climate March Celebration:
Images, Voices and Next Actions!

Tuesday, September 30th
6:30- 8:00 PM
5700 Executive Center Drive, Suite. 206
Charlotte, NC

Map for 5700 Executive Center Drive

P.S. If you live outside of the Charlotte area, why not invite your friends and others to a local get together? Email Bill Gupton to get a copy of images and resources about the People’s Climate March.



PCM Voices 1

Thanks to Sierra Club Central Piedmont Group member Brian Kasher for his passion to share a very powerful day in New York City – The People’s Climate March – and to issue a call to action. Great work Brian!

The Voices project documents the People’s Climate March exclusively from the aural perspective of one of the 400,000 plus marchers for change. Please share with your friends, your networks, and add your voice by continuing the conversation.

This audio stream includes over forty (40) mini-interviews; street music from: the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, Rocket McFlyy, the Raging Grannies and more; chants from the street, Central Park crickets, police helicopters, and general crowd ambiance. Two-hundred fifty three (253) sounds clips were recorded during the March. The intro and epilogue were recorded by Greenpeace USA and Sierra Club organizers after the March though the music and crickets are from the March.

Click, Listen and Pass it on! This soundtrack is produced to be part of your networking and organizing toolkit. We need more people to get involved, plug in and be actively engaged in the change process right now! Join a group, write a letter, March and add your voice to the conversation advocating change for the better!

Brian Kasher

10 Buses, Hundreds of North and South Carolinians Attend Historic People’s Climate March

Thanks to Becky Bereiter and the TWC news team for seeing us off to New York City and the People’s Climate March as we joined 400,000 folks calling for Climate Action and Climate Justice!! Check back on our website for more national AND rider coverage!

PCM TWC News14 Coverage

Hundreds of North Carolinians Headed to NYC for People’s Climate March

CHARLOTTE — Hundreds of North Carolinians left for New York City Saturday night to take part in what is being called the largest march in history addressing climate change.

More than 100,000 people from around the country are expected at Sunday’s People’s Climate March.

The event comes ahead of next week’s United Nations Climate Summit. World leaders will gather to focus on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen climate resilience.

“I think people are starting to see the severe storms, the flooding, the excess heat, and it’s starting to impact people’s pocketbooks,” said Bill Gupton of the North Carolina Sierra Club. “We have the have the same kind of movement we had with the civil rights movement and the labor movement.”

President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the summit. He is expected to urge his fellow heads of state to be as ambitious as possible as they negotiate a complicated, global treaty to reduce emissions. The treaty is set to be finalized in 2015.

Demonstrators hope Sunday’s March will help apply public pressure.

“They’re going to see it in the streets and they’re going to realize that this is not just an academic issue,” said Alan Harwick of Greensboro. “This is something that’s affecting real people now, and I think the march will show that.”

Other demonstrations are planned around the world in Delhi, Jakarta, and Rio de Janeiro. The UN Climate Summit is Tuesday.

People’s Climate March – Sept 19 Update

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Just to confirm, we’ll meet at the Charlotte East Office Community, 5500 Executive Center Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212 (Across from Eastland Mall – Map).  Sign in at 7:30 PM. Bus pulls out at 8:00 PM sharp!

Manhattan Weather Forecast on Sunday – Check Saturday at –
Low 52/High 80, Sunny, 0% chance of rain!

Our Group. I’m so excited about the group of folks coming on our bus! There will be 55 of us (a full bus) with folks coming from as far away as Cherokee, Chapel Hill, Columbia, and Clemson. Even more impressive are some special environmental activists ages 5, 8, 9, 11 and 14 that will be joining us! Can’t wait to meet them.

Signs, banner, costumes, etc. Can’t wait to see what folks are making. Be wild, be creative, bring noise makers, horns, etc. Feel free to bake some goodies to share or bring some snacks to pass around.

Bus Identification. We’ll be traveling round trip on the same Horizon Coach Lines bus. It will be identified as “Charlotte Bus #2, NC3“.

Arrival in NYC. There will be over 400 buses coming in for the March. Drop off on 86th Street between Columbus Ave and Central Park West. When we arrive I’ll meet the greeter and get instructions before we get off the bus.

Departure from NYC. Our bus, “Charlotte Bus #2, NC3“, will be parked in Area M ­ located on the West side of 11th Ave between W 24th St and W 25th St. You should plan to be at the bus at 5:00 PM and we will depart at 6:00 PM sharp.

Driver tip. The N.C. and S.C. Chapters of the Sierra Club have budgeted for a driver tip. If you would like to add a couple of bucks, we’ll pass the hat on the way back.

Char Bus 2 NC3

I’ll have copies of the instructions, etc for you on the bus.

Call or email me if you have any questions.

Come Tell Charlotte City Council to Protect Our Streams, Lakes, and Rivers

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

Will you speak out at the Public Hearing on Sept 22nd?

How To Sign Up to Speak at a Council Meeting

Call the City Clerk’s Office at 704-336-2248 and request to speak by giving your name, full address, daytime telephone, and subject. This information is placed on a Speaker’s List for the Mayor to follow during the meeting. During the Council meeting, as your name is called, approach the speaker’s stand and begin. The City Clerk’s timer will ring when your time is up.  See Official Rules below.

Visit the City Clerk’s Office
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 7th Floor
600 East Fourth St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

Web On line Speaker Sign-Up Form

Fax your name, address, daytime phone number and subject to 704-336-7588

City Council meetings are regularly scheduled for Mondays and are held in the Meeting Chamber at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth Street. Free parking is available at the Government Center Parking Deck (3rd and Davidson) during City Council meetings.

Arrive by 6:15 PM. Council meeting starts at 6:25 PM.

Re-post from Sustain Charlotte Sept 18, 2014 e-Newsletter

On September 10, the City Council Environment Committee again chose not to recommend low-cost storm drain filters in parking lots on redevelopment sites, despite a compelling presentation from city stormwater staff on their effectiveness in reducing water pollution and their use in other major cities. The filters would reduce the amount of trash, oil, and grease entering our streams. However, they would not trap many of the chemical pollutants in stormwater runoff, nor would they prevent the large pulses of runoff that cause stream erosion.

This means that on October 27, the full City Council will vote on whether or not to extend (for five more years) the option for developers to pay the city a fee rather than comply with our local law that requires on-site control of stormwater runoff to prevent it from polluting and eroding our streams.

We encourage you to attend the public hearing on this policy this coming Monday, September 22, during City Council’s regular 6pm meeting to show public concern over this major threat to our waterways. As stated in Mecklenburg County’s 2012 State of the Environment report, “the discharge of untreated, undetained runoff from impervious surfaces has the greatest negative impact to surface water quality.”  Sustain Charlotte staff will speak at the hearing and we will ask the Council to vote against the five year extension of the payment in lieu of on-site mitigation given its negative impact on the health of our streams. We are seeking local residents to speak in defense of our streams as well.  If you would like to speak at the hearing, please let us know by replying to this email and we will provide you all of the information you need.

To learn more, read Ana McKenzie’s article in this week’s Creative Loafing.

For more information on this issue, see Sept 22: Charlotte Public Hearing – The Future of Area Water Quality, Will Developers Take Control of Our Water Quality?, 81% of Total Mecklenburg Watershed Considered Unfit – Support Strong Stormwater Regulations!, Will Charlotte Continue to Weaken Storm Water Controls? and Charlotte Stormwater Pollution – Harming Our Lakes, Streams and Rivers