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Sat May 30, 2009 at 09:07 AM PDT

Sierra Club Outings Leader Training

by NoCoalGa

Do you have that special place that you would like to share with likeminded people? Would you like to be part of an outings program that has existed since 1901?

Then join us at our next training session. You'll learn the skills you need to lead safe, successful trips.

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Date: Saturday, July 25, 2009

Place: GA Chapter office
1401 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 345, Atlanta, GA

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You would have to be asleep not to have heard about the water war that has been going on in Georgia. Alabama, Georgia and Florida have been fighting over water rights to the Chattahoochee River that feeds the city of Atlanta.

For over three years, residents in Atlanta have been under severe watering restrictions and the local landscaping industry has been significantly hurt by these new directives from state government. You only have to look at the many empty docks on Lake Lanier to see that the water has retreated hundreds of yards from the shoreline.

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On Monday May 11, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revoked regulations that permitted small residues of the pesticide carbofuran in food. Carbofuran is a toxic insecticide that does not meet current U.S. food safety standards. The EPA’s action will eliminate residues of carbofuran in food, including all imports, in a move to protect people, especially children, from dietary risk. Ultimately, the EPA will entirely remove this pesticide from the market.

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Thu May 07, 2009 at 11:30 AM PDT

Give a Gift: Sponsor a Wild Place

by NoCoalGa

For the environmentally conscious gift-giver it can be hard to shop for special occasions. How do you reconcile your concern for the environment with your desire to show the people you love how much you care for them?

A Sierra Club sponsorship gift is a unique way to show your appreciation for someone special, while also doing something positive for the environment. By giving a Sierra Club sponsorship gift, you are able to affirm your environmental values, and also share those values with a family member or friend in a way they are sure to enjoy.

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On Saturday, June 6, the Georgia Chapter will thank our financial supporters by throwing a thank you party at Glenridge Hall in Sandy Springs. Members who are part of our Georgia Giving Society or Legacy Council will receive invitations closer to the event.

We will enjoy a keynote address by national Sierra Club board member Sanjay Ranchod about the Sierra Club's diversity council and our plans for future diversity.

If you have not yet responded to one of our appeal letters please do so by May 1, 2009 so that you will receive an invitation. Or, feel free to donate online at: Georgia Sierra Club

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On April 17, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its finding that greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution and may endanger public health or welfare. This new action was the direct result of a scientific review originally ordered in 2007 by the United States Supreme Court.

The so-called "Endangerment Finding" states that: "In both magnitude and probability, climate change is an enormous problem. The greenhouse gases that are responsible for it endanger public health and welfare within the meaning of the Clean Air Act". The EPA Administrator, Lisa P. Jackson, has publicly commented that: "This finding confirms that greenhouse gas pollution is a serious problem now and for future generations. Fortunately, it follows President Obama’s call for a low carbon economy and strong leadership in Congress on clean energy and climate legislation".

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Mon Apr 20, 2009 at 07:49 AM PDT

REMINDER: Earth Day is April 22

by NoCoalGa

Please join us! In April, the Sierra Club will salute Earth Day, with a nod toward the sun, the wind, the land, and solutions for taking better care of this planet we call home.

Every year, America and over 100 different countries join together in the celebration of Earth Day on April 22. Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide. On Earth Day, we remember to appreciate nature and learn ways to protect our environment.

For Earth Day activities in the state of Georgia please visit: Georgia Sierra Club Earth Day Activities

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Mon Apr 13, 2009 at 09:34 AM PDT

Celebrate "Ride MARTA Day"

by NoCoalGa

Save MARTA is asking all Metro Atlanta area residents to give up their cars on Friday, April 17, 2009, and ride a bus or a train.

Save MARTA is a growing coalition of organizations, local communities, and individuals who demand sensible funding and legislative support for MARTA.

Motivated by impending MARTA service cuts, many Metro Atlanta residents are coming together to support their public transit system by celebrating Ride MARTA Day on Friday, April 17.

On Ride MARTA Day, participants will all ride MARTA at least once, per their usual commute or replacing their usual mode of transportation.  Participants will ride at the time of their choosing. In other words, all you need to do is ride the bus or train on Friday, April 17.

The purpose of Ride MARTA Day is to bring all concerned Metro Atlanta residents into a community building activity that will boost ridership, expose new riders to useful routes, express solidarity with MARTA workers and regular commuters, and demonstrate that, as the backbone of their city´s transportation system, MARTA must be fairly funded.

You may learn more about the campaign at their website: www.ridemartaday.com

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The Chapter Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for Executive Committee (ExCom). The Chapter ExCom has oversight responsibility for the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club to ensure it is carrying out our mission productively.

If you know of someone you think would be a good ExCom member, or you are interested in serving yourself, contact any member of the Nominating Committee with the suggestion, or, preferably, complete the following brief questionnaire and either:

• e-mail it to nancywylie@mindspring
 
• mail it to Nancy Wylie, Chair,
                  4245 Rickenbacker Way,
                  Atlanta, GA 30342

It must be received no later than June 15, 2009.

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During the month of April, 2009, Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, will host four regional public hearings designed to explore options for offshore energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). A large part of the dialogue will revolve around the findings of a recent report commissioned by Secretary Salazar. The hearings will also be broadcast live via the D.O.I. website at http://www.doi.gov/... . The first meetings are scheduled for Monday, April 6, in Atlantic City at the Atlantic City Convention Center; and Wednesday, April 8, in New Orleans at Tulane University’s McAlister Auditorium.

Secretary Salazar recently told a summit meeting of 25X25 America´s Energy Future, a group working to lower the nations carbon emissions, that: "More than three-fourths of the nation’s electricity demand comes from coastal states and the wind potential off the coasts of the lower 48 states actually exceeds our entire U.S. electricity demand". Observers view his remarks as a positive indication that clean energy and renewables will be a serious part of any discussion regarding America´s future offshore energy production strategy.

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Fri Apr 03, 2009 at 08:16 AM PDT

Upcoming Green Events in Georgia

by NoCoalGa

The Georgia chapter of the Sierra Club wishes to notify its members, and all local environmentalists, about some upcoming events in the Metro Atlanta area. These events are a "Green-Pink" party in Atlanta, GA; and a "Green Fest" in Decatur, GA.

  1. The Green-Pink Party
- Date: Friday, April 17, 2009; Time: 7:00 pm; Place: Manuel's Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307

The Sierra Club is participating in a nationwide initiative which educates the public on the connection between women’s issues and environmental issues. Yes, you have to wear green or pink. There will be a video screening and great giveaways. The event is being co-hosted by the Rollins Environmental Health Action Committee and the Emory Reproductive Health Association.

For more information contact Todd Daniel: gooseboy1@gmail.com

  1. The Decatur "Green Fest"
- Date: Saturday, May 2, 2009; Time: All Day; Place: Old Courthouse on the Square, 101 East Court Street, Decatur, GA 30030

For more information contact: georgia.chapter@sierraclub.org

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Thu Apr 02, 2009 at 08:44 AM PDT

Support Clean Energy for Georgia

by NoCoalGa

The Sierra Club´s Georgia chapter is dedicating most of its efforts this year to promoting clean energy solutions within our state, and preventing the development or implementation of new "unclean" energy projects. The organization is participating in a Georgia based and focused campaign called the "Clean Energy 4 Georgia" campaign, and considers the main problem to be that: "From smog to mercury to CO2, coal-fired power plants are one of the largest sources of dangerous air pollution in the US". Furthermore, the main issue of concern right now is the proposed construction of two environmentally dangerous, and unnecessary, coal burning power plants in Georgia.

Power 4 Georgians, the proponent for a coal plant in Washington County, claims that the new plant would: "use the best available technologies including wet flue gas desulfurization, selective catalytic reduction to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, and a high-efficiency supercritical boiler system that allows more power to be generated using less coal". However, the Sierra Club has serious doubts as to the real benefits of Power 4 Georgian´s "clean coal" technology. Moreover, the group believes that investments in renewable resources and clean energy production would be of much greater benefit to the people and environment of Georgia.

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