Mark Your Calendar – Global Fackdown on Oct 11

“If you care about the drinking water where you live, you owe it to yourself to join Global Frackdown. The EPA may have taken its eye off the ball, but many good people around the world are refusing to stand by while the oil and gas industries recklessly threaten our drinking water. Global Frackdown Day is a good opportunity to find out who’s fighting that good fight in your own community and learn more about what’s at stake.”

    ~ Michael Brune, Fracking: The Other EPA Shutdown
Stay tuned for more information about events in Charlotte! If you would like to be part of a planning team for this day, please contact Bill Gupton.
Global Frackdown Oct 11 2014

“Fracking” has become synonymous with the ways in which the oil and gas industry:

  • Fragments forests and mars landscapes with new roads, new well sites and new pipelines and other infrastructure
  • Produces huge amounts of toxic and even radioactive waste, the disposal of which causes earthquakes and risks drinking water resources
  • Causes thousands of accidents, leaks and spills each year that threaten public health and safety and risk rivers, streams and shallow aquifers
  • Pumps hazardous pollutants into the air, at the expense of local communities, families and farms
  • Turns homes into explosive hazards by contaminating water wells with methane and other harmful gases
  • Consumes millions of gallons of water for each fracked well, competing with farmers for local water supplies
  • Puts vital aquifers at risk for generations by creating new pathways through which contaminants – including the chemicals injected, radioactive brines and methane and other hydrocarbon gases – can flow over long periods of time
  • Threatens the climate on which we all depend by dumping carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere, and by locking in future climate pollution with each new infrastructure project
  • Delays the remaking of local and regional energy systems around proven clean solutions, using high-paid lobbyists, political campaign war chests and public relations flacks to stifle progress and prolong our dependence on oil and gas
  • Enjoys enormous profits padded by billions of dollars a year in needless subsidies, at all of our expense.

The fight against fracking is the fight for an altogether different vision for the future of energy. It is the fight for democratic and localized energy systems, built on the efficient use of abundant and renewable energy resources.

Check out the links below to learn more about why you should join the Global Frackdown and help keep unconventional oil and gas safely underground.

Research/Reports:

Information from: http://www.globalfrackdown.org/research/

Forest Service to Host Uwharrie National Forest Trail Strategy Meeting – Sept 18

If you spend anytime over in the Uwharrie you know it is a special place. The Salisbury Post just ran this article about the endangered and threatened species being studied there – Researchers use Uwharrie National Forest as living lab.  On the same page as the article are 2 sidebars worth reading – “Archaeology, anthropology research significant” and “A little history with your hike”.

If you want to be a part of the long term planning and use of the forest, plan to attend the meeting. For more information or to get on the email distribution list, contact:

Theresa Stevens Savery (Terry)
District Recreation Staff Supervisor
National Forests in North Carolina
Uwharrie National Forest
789 NC Hwy 24/27 East
Troy, NC 27371-9332
Phone #: 910-576-6391 x 102
Cell #: 910-975-0274
Email: tsavery@fs.fed.us

Uwharrie Trail Meeting

Forest Service to Host Trail Strategy Meeting

TROY, N.C., Sept. 10, 2014 – The USDA Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina today announced that it will host a workshop on Sept. 18 to address management of non-motorized and motorized recreation trails across the Uwharrie National Forest. The meeting will be held 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Garner Center, 210 Burnette St., Troy, N.C.

Representatives from a wide range of trail-user groups, individuals who represent local communities and ecotourism, or individuals not represented by larger user groups are invited to collaborate in the process, which is expected to take up to a year to complete. The result will be recommendations for a comprehensive trail management plan for the Uwharrie National Forest in North Carolina, along with a stronger community of volunteers to assist with these efforts.

The Forest Service initiated this process because use of forest trails in North Carolina is increasing every year. Resources used to maintain trails have been static or decreasing. The emphasis will be on high-quality experiences on sustainable trail systems. The trail strategy is the next step in implementing the Land and Resource Management Plan for the Uwharrie National Forest, which called for designated non-motorized and motorized trails.

With more than120 miles of system trails, the Uwharrie National Forest encompasses 50,000-plus acres in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc for more information.

Fracking’s Heating Up – Won’t you make a difference?

North Carolina Chapter Sierra Club

Friends,

We are one step closer to fracking in North Carolina. If you are like me, you aren’t ready to put our streams and groundwater at risk to search for an unknown amount of fracked gas.

Hundreds of people at a fracking public hearing in Raleigh raise their hands when Sierran Marvin Woll ask who in the crowd thinks the proposed rules are inadequate. 

Do you agree with Marvin, too?

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Of all the headlines from this year’s legislative session, one of the most disturbing was the broken promises on fracking. With strong support from House Speaker Thom Tillis, the legislature chose to break a promise it made in 2012 – not to issue fracking permits until the legislature took a vote to lift the moratorium.  Instead, the legislature passed a bill that allows fracking permits to be issued as soon as March 2015.

The legislature also promised that North Carolina would have the best regulatory program for fracking in the country, Instead, they passed measures this session that ensure that will not be the case. For example, the legislature limited the public’s right to know what chemicals are being used in fracking by allowing some chemicals to be kept secret. And the legislature limited the ability of local governments to enact ordinances to protect citizens against the bad effects of fracking.

Will you stand up to the fracking industry and others who threaten North Carolina’s environment? We’re raising $10,000 in the next few days to fight against the legislature’s terrible energy choices. Will you help?

The legislature’s broken promises are bad for North Carolina’s streams and groundwater. With 2.4 million North Carolinians relying on water from the Cape Fear River basin, there’s a lot at stake.  When it comes to the risk of contaminating our water supplies with cancer causing chemicals, we owe it to ourselves to make sure we have proper protections in place before the state considers giving out fracking permits.

All of our work — lobbying the legislature, organizing our broad grassroots membership across the state, and communicating with the public through the media — can’t happen without you. Will you contribute $250, $100, $50, or whatever you can afford to help us hold legislators accountable?

Thanks for all that you do,

Molly Diggins
State Director of the NC Sierra Club

P.S. – It’s not too late to help us hold legislators accountable. Click here to chip in $50 or whatever you can, to help us let legislators know that we expect them to keep their fracking promises!

Advanced Outings Leader Training – Lots of Smiles and Lots of Fun!

Wow, what a great weekend! Outdoor leadership skills, wilderness survival, first aid certification, backpacking gear 101, Leave No Trace principles, trip planning., paddle camping, and more were covered this past weekend, Aug 22-24, at Hanging Rock State Park. We shared yummy lasagna, salad, watermelon, and home made ice cream. Classroom discussions, hikes, and hands on learning made for some terrific sharing of skills and ideas. If you missed this opportunity, plan to join us on our next Sierra Club Outings Leaders certification program!

Congratulations to Central Piedmont members Linda Alley, Dori Bowman, Thanh Huynh, Allison Pelphrey, and David Robinson for completing the advanced Outings Leader Training (OLT-201)!

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… and special thanks to the trainers!

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Why Join the People’s Climate March and What to Bring/Not Bring

Reserve your seat on the Charlotte Bus to NYC People’s Climate March today! Can’t decide if you should make the trip? Watch and listen to Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune on why you need to be there!

Already decided to attend? Great! Reserve your seat on the Charlotte Bus to NYC People’s Climate March  and then check out what to bring and what not to bring…

What to Bring to the March

Most importantly, bring everyone you know! Help make this the largest call for climate justice imaginable!

Bring things that help communicate the message:
– Make your own signs and banners and t-shirts and flags – be creative
– Carry signs or banners that let people know where you are from – what organization, what city or state, what country
– Remember: only cardboard tubing or string can be used to carry signs, banners, flags, etc.
– Music that does not need amplification is encouraged

Items to bring that will make your day more comfortable:
– Bring some light food and drinks…it will be a long day
– Wear comfortable shoes
– Check the weather predictions a day or two before you come and dress appropriately
– If it’s going to be a sunny day, bring sun-screen

What NOT to Bring to the March

- Do not bring any amplified sound systems.
– Do not bring signs, banners or flags that are carried on wooden sticks or metal rods, only cardboard tubing or string is allowed.
– Do not weigh yourself down with unnecessary clothing or other items that you will have to carry all day long…travel lightly.

 

Register now – Charlotte Bus to NYC People’s Climate March

PCM Everyone

REGISTER NOW to save your seat for the Largest Climate March in History!

Charlotte Bus to NYC People’s Climate March
Climate Organizer–Hanna Mitchell
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM – Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Charlotte, NC

Bus Pick Up and Drop-off Times/Locations – To Be Determined
The bus will be leaving from a location with parking in Charlotte on Saturday, Sept 20th (around 7:30 pm) and dropping off in Manhattan on Sunday Morning (around 7:30am). Return trip to pick-up on Sunday evening, after the march (around 6pm). We will arrive back in Charlotte early on Monday morning (around 6am). Times are subject to change but, no worries – it won’t be drastic!

Cost (Round trip)
General ticket – $25 + $2.37 Eventbrite fee
Student/Reduced ticket – $10.00 + $1.54 Eventbrite fee
Travel Scholarships – Available. If you sign up for this, you must email hanna.mitchell@greenpeace.org.

FAQs

Are there any low-income or FREE seats?
Yes! See the ticket purchase board for travel-scholarship seats. Need a free ticket? You must email me at hanna.mitchell@greenpeace.org or call 207-475-8418

Should I bring food, water, signs & noise makers with me?
Yes, Bring anything you’ll need to make you feel comfortable, safe and ready to march with the masses! This includes pillows and blankets.

Can I invite my friends?
Invite everyone you know! Share the flyer -PCM Charlotte to NYC Flyer 2 and our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/NCPeoplesClimateMarch

Do I need a hotel?
Bus rides are overnight, no hotels are needed.

REGISTER NOW and invite your friends!

Charlotte Bus to NYC People’s Climate March – Share the Flyer!

Click below to download and share the People’s Climate March Charlotte Bus to NYC! Share the link or flyer on your social networks and with your friends.

Our Eventbrite registration and payment site will be available shortly. Costs and additional details to follow.

For more information contact Hanna Mitchell at hanna.mitchell@greenpeace.org or Bill Gupton at wmgupton@aol.com.

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