Organizing for Clean Power – Sierra Club Webinar on Thurs, Jan 8th at 5:30 PM

 

fish-small-eat-big1 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.

Follow the links below to register for the webinar – Organizing for the Clean Power Plan Registration

Jan 28 Monthly Meeting Announcement – Backpacking 101

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

New Year’s Day Hike – Jan 1, 2015

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 scopulsky@mindspring.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:
https://nc2.sierraclub.org/sites/nc.sierraclub.org/files/SignInWaiver%20with%20photo%20release.pdf

Dec 1 Sierra Club Webinar: Supporting EPAs Critical Smog Pollution Health Protections

Child with Inhaler

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.

2014 Annual Report and Ballot

Thanks to our great NC Sierra Club staff for their work in preparing the 2014 Annual Report. Click below to download and read a copy.

All members with current dues paid should have received a copy of the NC Sierra Club Annual report and election ballot. This year we are encouraging everyone to vote electronically, although you can still submit a paper ballot.

2014 Annual Report and Ballot2014 Annual Report – Final

The ballot page hosts candidate information and the official ballot for the Executive Committee elections for the  NC Sierra Club.  Candidate statements are located below the ballot.

Only Sierra Club members are allowed to vote in this election and your member number is required to submit your ballot.

Member numbers are located on the address label of the NC Sierra Club Annual Report.  If you did not receive a copy of the Annual Report and need help finding your member number, please contact Janet Joye Smith at ncsierracg@gmail.com.

For any questions about this ballot or the voting process, please contact Dustin Chicurel-Bayard at dustin.chicurel-bayard@sierraclub.org.

Voting is open from November 15 – December 15, 2014.

Remember: You need your Sierra Club member number to vote!

Vote for our local Executive Committee members here: 2014 Central Piedmont Group Ballot
Vote for our NC Chapter leaders here: 2014 NC Sierra Club Steering Committee Ballot

Sierra Club Outing: Dec 14 – South Mountains State Park Hike, High Shoals Falls and Chestnut Knob

high shoals fallsHigh Shoals Falls

chestnut knob overlookChestnut Knob Overlook

South Mountains State Park Hike

3001 South Mountain Park Avenue
Connelly Springs, NC  28612
Sunday, December 14, 9:30 a.m.

The South Mountains, carved out of the Blue Ridge by erosion, are a broad belt of peaks and knobs rising abruptly from a deep valley. These steep, rugged mountains encompass 100,000 acres in Burke, Cleveland and Rutherford counties.  We will hike 8-10 miles, enjoy the spectacular view from Chestnut Knob with an elevation of 2300 feet, walk along beautiful mountain streams, explore the different forest types present in the park, and hike to High Shoals Falls which has an 80 foot drop.

Participants should be able to hike approximately 8 miles in sometimes rugged terrain.  This hike is moderately strenuous as there are some steep areas.  We may have a couple stream crossings to make over rocks depending on which route we choose.  Hiking poles or a walking stick will be helpful.   Please wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water, lunch or snacks.

We will meet at the Jacob’s Fork Parking Area at 9:30 a.m., the hike will last 5-6 hours.

South Mountains State Park is a 1 ½ to 2 hour drive from Charlotte, located in Burke County near Connelly Springs.  Car pooling is encouraged, but not arranged by the Sierra Club.  Each participant on a Sierra Club Outing has to sign a standard liability waiver.  You can view the waiver here: https://nc2.sierraclub.org/sites/nc.sierraclub.org/files/SignInWaiver%20with%20photo%20release.pdf

Limited to 20 hikers.

Registration required. Contact Linda Alley,  lindasuealley@hotmail.com

 

Send a message to Todd Stern, the U.S. Climate Change Envoy

The world demands climate action!

Tell the US Climate Change Envoy to seek strong and equitable international commitments at the Lima summit.
Peoples Climate March
Send Your Letter

On Monday, December 1, the UN Climate Change Conference kicks off in Lima, Peru. This is an important opportunity to demonstrate to leaders from across the globe that the world demands action now on climate.

Send a message to Todd Stern, the U.S. Climate Change Envoy. Ask him to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to cut carbon emissions and to seek strong and equitable commitments from the leaders of other countries.

I’m excited to be attending the Lima conference as part of a Sierra Student Coalition delegation. Across the globe, students and youth are voicing our generation’s concern about the dire consequences of climate change and the need for immediate action.

In September, I attended the People’s Climate March and was struck by the growth of our movement — indigenous and frontline communities, labor unions, faith groups, and climate activists of all ages marched as one. We sent a clear message and the world took notice! “When you have more than 400,000 people in the streets of NYC… that’s political will that’s getting exercised,” said Todd Stern after the march.

The talks in Lima will set the stage for Paris climate negotiations in 2015, where an agreement on global climate action will be sought. The recent U.S./China climate agreement demonstrates that world leaders are taking our message to heart. However, we can and must do more to avert climate catastrophe.

Make your voice heard in Lima! Ask the U.S. Climate Envoy to build global consensus for strong and equitable climate action.

Thank you for speaking up,

Natalie Lucas
International Committee Chair
Sierra Student Coalition