December Meeting to be held at the March for Climate Justice

March for Climate Justice

at the Clean Power Plan Public Hearing

Wednesday, December 16

4 p.m.Rally at Marshall Park and 5 p.m. March to the Mecklenburg County Government Center

“We Can Do More, We Should Do More, We MUST Do More!”

The Clean Power Plan represents a historic effort to address climate change by placing the first limits on carbon dioxide pollution from existing coal-fired power plants and speeding the transition to clean energy. Sadly, rather than move our state forward the McCrory administration prefers to use taxpayer money to pick a fight with the EPA, and put forward an inadequate plan that is designed to fail, resulting in wasted money and time that could be better spent on an honest effort to reduce carbon emissions in NC.

Why We are Marching

We know that a higher percentage of minority and low-income communities live near power plants when compared to the national averages.  We know that a strong and just Clean Power Plan will ensure communities that have long borne the brunt of fossil fuel pollution–primarily minority, low-income, and indigenous communities–share in the public health and economic benefits expected from the shift to clean energy. The McCrory Administration has made it clear that  they would rather listen to the small choir of fossil-fuel funded front groups and climate deniers, than listen to the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians that are demanding the opportunity to have a clean, and just, energy future.

The plan being proposed to the public is not sufficient to meet the carbon dioxide emissions reductions required by the EPA and the McCrory administration has not taken into consideration any input from stakeholders or  vulnerable communities in drafting a plan for our state.  Instead, they are putting forward a plan that is intended to fail so it can pursue a politically motivated lawsuit.  Doing so is a waste of taxpayer money and is disrespectful to the public and the basic tenets of good governance. More needs to be done to protect our communities from the pollution of dirty power plants. It is incumbent on our state leaders to rise up to the major challenges we face and ensure those least responsible for climate change don’t suffer disproportionately from the impacts.  If the McCrory Administration won’t listen to us — we will rise up and let our voices be heard!

We Can Do More, We Should Do More, We Must Do More!

What We Are Demanding from the McCrory Administration:

1. Provide transparent and meaningful engagement for minority populations, low-income populations, tribes, and indigenous peoples during the drafting of the state’s plan, as required by the EPA.  Evaluate how the Clean Power Plan will impact low-income and minority communities.

2. Build upon our state’s booming clean energy sector to generate clean, renewable energy that will create jobs and investment in our communities.

3. Take advantage of energy efficiency as the least cost compliance option for reducing carbon pollution and, at the same time, help consumers reduce their energy consumption and power bills.

3. Participate in the EPA’s Clean Energy Incentive Program to earn credit for new renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. Energy efficiency programs in low-income communities earn double credit and should be prioritized.

4. Restrict coal and natural gas power plants that have potential to cause disproportionate pollution in low-income communities from buying allowances that enable them to continue polluting.

5. Support programs to help low-income communities gain access to renewable energy and energy efficiency, especially in affordable housing.

​Bring signs, banners, instruments, songs, chants, and your friends! This event is a safe space for everyone and everyone is invited to join us as we demand action for climate justice.


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“Green Friday” Hike – Nov 27 – Anne Springs Close Greenway

Let’s make it a “Green Friday” with a morning hike at Anne Springs Close Greenway in nearby Fort Mill.  Get some post-Thanksgiving exercise!

Here are the details:

Anne Springs Close Greenway – Friday November 27, 2015

Fort Mill, SC

Start: 9:00 AM  End: About 12:00 Noon
Sierra Club Hike Leader: Steve Copulsky
Cost: $5 fee per person paid to Greenway at entrance (property is run as a non-profit).
Please bring exact amount in cash – you might have to stuff it in a drop box.

Hike Details: This hike is a nice 6 mile loop through the woods of this 2,100 acre
nature preserve in nearby Fort Mill. We’ll cross 3 swinging bridges and pass by two
19th century log cabins, including one that belonged to Billy Graham’s grandfather. The land is fairly level, but it’s a trail through the woods, not a flat paved greenway such as those in Mecklenburg County.

Hike Level: Easy to Moderate

What to Bring: It can get muddy in a few spots if there has been any rain, so hiking
boots are recommended. Shoes with good treads are okay, but no smooth soles. Bring water. Bring a rain jacket if there’s a chance of rain.

Limit 20 hikers.  People-friendly dogs are okay, but the Greenway requires that they must remain on a leash at all times.

To sign up and get details about our meeting location, email Steve Copulsky at or call 704-458-6651.

Participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver which will be available at the trailhead.



Dec. 1, 2015 Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center 7:00 p.m.

Details and tickets:

Tickets for are going quickly. Get yours soon!

Join National Public Radio’s Ira Flatow, host of “Science Friday,” and Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist for NASA, for an on-stage conversation at Booth Playhouse about America’s water crisis and the outlook for the Carolinas.

The two are appearing through “Our Times Re-Imagined,” a speaker series from the Charlotte Observer and Bank of America that brings major voices to Charlotte to discuss important matters of the day.

Famiglietti, called the “Al Gore of Water” for being one of the earliest scientific voices to predict a major drought in the western United States, will show NASA-produced images of the depletion of fresh groundwater throughout the nation. He and Flatow will discuss how California found itself in the fourth year of a drought that threatens the world’s richest food producing area – and how the rest of us can learn from its predicament.

The two will also touch on the Charlotte region and the Catawba River, which one advocacy group has labeled one of the nation’s most endangered rivers due to increased demands from growth, contamination and recurring droughts.

The audience is invited to post-event reception with Flatow and Famiglietti. In addition, every attendee will take home a beautiful poster of the Catawba River.

Great Outing on the New River Trail!

Thanks to Outings Leader Linda Alley for organizing a day on the New River Trail. Our group biked 30 miles on the beautiful “Rails to Trails” site and enjoyed relaxing in Galex, Va. afterwards.

Fall is a terrific season to take advantage of Sierra Club outings – plan to join us soon.

photo courtesy of Linda Alley

photos courtesy of Linda Alley

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Become A Sierra Club Outings Leader!

Outings Leaders

Have you ever been on a hike and thought “Wow! I’d loved to show this to someone else”? Become an Outings Leader for the Sierra Club by attending an all day training event on Outings 101 and First Aid! You need to be at least 18 yrs old and a member of the Sierra Club. Watch for the next training session to be posted. 

Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan

Heidi Pruess, Mecklenburg Community Plan and Sustainability officer, lead a very informative review and discussion at our September monthly meeting. Below is a description about the plan as well as copies of the draft Strategy Matrix and the draft Actions and Successes. If you would like to provide feedback on the plan or schedule a listening session for your neighborhood organization, house of worship, or other group, please contact Heidi.


Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan

The Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan is a joint initiative between Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, surrounding towns, the Foundation For The Carolinas and our community partners to develop a unified vision that incorporates community-wide goals centered on how we live, work and play today and in the future. This collaborative effort provides an opportunity to review existing plans and identify commonalities that encourage and support a vibrant and healthy quality of life in our community.

The Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan is offering to come to your organization for a “listening session” this month to ask such questions as, “Are we on the right track? Will the priority strategies and actions we developed help us reach our vision?”

For more information on the Mecklenburg Liveable Communities Plan, click here.

If your neighborhood organization, house of worship, or other group is interested in scheduling a listening session, please contact Heidi Pruess, Community Plan and Sustainability officer, at

Click below to download and review the draft Strategy Matrix and the draft Actions and Successes.

Meck Livabality Plan Draft StrategiesMecklenburg Livable Communities Draft Strategies


Meck Livabality Plan Draft Actions and SuccessMecklenburg Livable Communities Draft Actions and Successes


5 Crucial Lessons From Naomi Klein’s New Book

“I think we need to be very clear about this – the only way you can win against forces with a huge amount to lose is to build a movement of people, many more people, with a huge amount to gain.”

~ Naomi Klein

Can’t wait to read this. Folks are raving about it. Below are take outs but the full article is well worth the read (see link below). Here’s a taste…

Naomi Klein

5 Crucial Lessons for the Left From Naomi Klein’s New Book

You can’t fight climate change without fighting capitalism, argues Klein in This Changes Everything.
August 21, 2014
Jessica Corbett and Ethan Corey

Klein argues that carbon trading programs create perverse incentives, allowing manufacturers to produce more harmful greenhouse gases, just to be paid to reduce them.

In her previous books The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and NO LOGO: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs (2000), Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein took on topics like neoliberal “shock therapy,” consumerism, globalization and “disaster capitalism,” extensively documenting the forces behind the dramatic rise in economic inequality and environmental degradation over the past 50 years. But in her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (due in stores September 16), Klein casts her gaze toward the future, arguing that the dangers of climate change demand radical action now to ward off catastrophe. She certainly isn’t alone in pointing out the urgency of the threat, but what sets Klein apart is her argument that it is capitalism—not carbon—that is at the root of climate change, inexorably driving us toward an environmental Armageddon in the pursuit of profit. This Changes Everything is well worth a read (or two) in full, but we’ve distilled some of its key points here.

1. Band-Aid solutions don’t work.
“Only mass social movements can save us now. Because we know where the current system, left unchecked, is headed.”

2. We need to fix ourselves, not fix the world.
“The earth is not our prisoner, our patient, our machine, or, indeed, our monster. It is our entire world. And the solution to global warming is not to fix the world, it is to fix ourselves.”

3. We can’t rely on “well-intentioned” corporate funding.
“A great many progressives have opted out of the climate change debate in part because they thought that the Big Green groups, flush with philanthropic dollars, had this issue covered. That, it turns out, was a grave mistake.”

4. We need divestment, and reinvestment.
“The main power of divestment is not that it financially harms Shell and Chevron in the short term but that it erodes the social license of fossil fuel companies and builds pressure on politicians to introduce across-the-board emission reductions.”

5. Confronting climate change is an opportunity to address other social, economic and political issues.
“When climate change deniers claim that global warming is a plot to redistribute wealth, it’s not (only) because they are paranoid. It’s also because they are paying attention.”

Read the full article at