Thanks to Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune and the Board of Directors for moving the Club in support of social justice issues. Check out Michael Brune’s blog on this issue below.
And while you’re at it, Save the Date! Historic Thousands on Jones St. Moral March and plan to be there! More info to follow!
During the past week, the Sierra Club has spoken out about Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner in New York City, and President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Some have told us that they consider these to be “non-environmental” issues. Here are some quick thoughts on why these issues are so important to address. I’ll share more later this week.
The Sierra Club believes that all people deserve a healthy planet with clean air and water and a stable climate. All people also deserve equal protection under the law and the right to live their lives free of discrimination and hatred. These issues are not separate. Indeed, we believe that working toward a just, equitable, and transparent society is not only morally necessary but also exactly what we need to confront the unprecedented environmental challenges we face.
Injustices in our political system and in our culture empower polluters and lead to the destruction of our most cherished places. Those same injustices often breed hatred, sow division among us, and threaten our health and safety. The Sierra Club’s mission is to “enlist humanity” to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet. That mission, which applies to everyone, cannot be achieved when people’s rights are being violated and their safety and dignity are being threatened on a routine basis. This must stop.
That is why we must speak out on these issues. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
The HKonJ coalition is holding the 9th annual mass moral march on Raleigh and people’s assembly.
When: Saturday, February 14th, 2015
Where: Shaw University
105 E South St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
March beings at 10:00 a.m.
More details here, or contact Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood through email or phone at
I know that many of you are already enjoying the holidays with loved ones and friends, so I won’t keep you. I just want to take a moment to say thank you. Looking back on the past 12 months has been inspiring. All of the calls, petitions, rallies — not to mention your generous contributions — each and every one of you has done something to advance this movement in a way that makes me proud to come to work each day.
In 2014 alone, we:
Rallied with more than 400,000 supporters at the People’s Climate March.
Won three new national monuments, totaling more than 900,000 protected acres.
Turned out a record number of supporters at the EPA’s clean power rule hearings.
Petitioned — successfully — for Google, Facebook and eBay to leave ALEC.
Blocked the Keystone XL pipeline yet again.
I could go on, but I promised I’d keep it short! Check out the video below to see more of the great work we’ve done together.
You should be so proud of what we’ve achieved, Bill — I know I am. The New Year is sure to bring more new challenges to our environment, challenges that the Sierra Club intends to take on. It won’t always be easy, but knowing we can count on you makes facing those challenges a lot less daunting. Thank you.
From my family to yours, best wishes for a joyous holiday season.
Michael Brune, Executive Director
Pissed off and looking to make a difference in 2015? Want to learn how to be a more effective advocate? Then we have a North Carolina Sierra Club webinar just for you!
Developing a powerful and effective North Carolina Clean Power Plan can make a huge difference. Join us Thursday, January 8th, at 5:30 PM for our first first webinar for information, tips and tricks, and a generalized overview of organizing basics, strategy planning and campaign development.
Jan 28 Monthly Meeting Announcement – Backpacking 101
We are pleased to have Matt Clapp introduce this 10 week introductory training course that we will be hosting this Spring. Matt is newly arrived in Charlotte from San Diego where he led their local Sierra Club’s backpacking 101 training. The course is specifically for beginners. You do not have to be a Sierra Club member to participate.
If you bought a backpack for wandering around Europe or got one as a gift and it’s still in the garage, this is your chance to get it out and learn how to use it in the wilds. Using a combination of classroom talks and practical weekend experiences, Matt will take the participants through a rigorous process to learn how to safely and comfortably enjoy going backpacking. The course is also a great refresher.
Our Jan 28th meeting will provide and introduction to and overview of this course.
As usual, our meetings are held at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. The address is 2435 Cumberland Ave, Charlotte, NC. Pizza is served at 6:30pm. The formal meeting begins at 7pm. We expect to finish up by 8:30pm. The meeting is free and open to all. And ample parking is available and also free.
Hope to see you there.
David Robinson, Chair Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club
Start the New Year off with a hike at nearby Crowders Mt. State Park. We’ll hike the Kings Pinnacle Trail, about 4 miles roundtrip, with a few steep sections. Hike starts at 10 AM and we should be done by about 1 PM. If you’ve never been there, you’re missing a great local hike with a great view from the peak! The park is near Gastonia about 50 minutes from Charlotte. Limited to 20 hikers. Contact Steve Copulsky to sign up at email@example.com or 704-543-7493.
All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. You can view the waiver here:
As you may have noticed EPA proposed new smog pollution protections to protect children’s health the day before Thanksgiving: http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2014/11/sierra-club-applauds-new-smog-pollution-proposal-children-and-elderly. Please join us this evening at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT for an important webinar on the impact of what EPA has proposed and what we can all do to help get this critical proposal across the finish line.
Supporting EPAs Critical Smog Pollution Health Protections
Join us for a Webinar on December 1 at 8pm ET/ 7pm CT/ 6pm MT/ 5pm PT
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/533385639
On December 1st President Obama is expected to follow through on his 2008 campaign promise to propose a new smog standard and protect children’s health. This decision is one of the most important opportunities to reduce pollution of his final term, rivaling the positive impact of the Clean Power Plan for our health and climate. Join the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign for a webinar later that evening at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT to learn more about how you can help us get these critical public health protections across the finish line.
Our opposition is geared up to fight this proposed rule, including an incoming Congress that will do everything they can to derail the President’s clean energy agenda. The National Association of Manufacturers and their allies have driven hyperbole to new levels by calling this the most expensive EPA rule in history, and they are pleading with the coal industry and the American Petroleum Institute to spend tens of millions of dollars to defeat it. In reality, this rule will save tens of thousands of lives and let our children take a breath without worry. It will ensure new clean energy technologies are deployed and jobs are created. Every parent has a right to know whether or not the air is safe to breathe, and President Obama can deliver that. But we need your help to make sure the rule is strong and final by the end of 2015.
Join us at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on Monday, December 1st to learn more about what is in the proposed rule, and what you can do to help make sure President Obama lives up to his clean air promise.
Title: Supporting EPAs Critical Smog Pollution Health Protections
Date: Monday, December 1, 2014
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.