Sierra Club Outings
Don't miss a chance to really get outside, meet like-minded folks and reconnect with old friends. Come join us on the trail, in the water or just out for a stroll down the street! more>>>
Alabama Sierra Club
DESOTO STATE PARK
Fort Payne, Alabama
November 5 – 7
Public Is Invited
Hosted by the
Coosa Valley Sierra Club
Inspiring Speakers include:
- Jim Allen - Global vs. Local Energy
- Larry Beane – Learning from Native American History
- Tammy Beane – Historic Pottery Demonstration
- Stephen Guesman – The Energy Efficient Home: Why You Want It and How to Get It!
- Charlotte Hagood – Seeds – Past, Present, and Future
- Dave Holloway - Alabama’s Diversity
- Rev. Dave – Portrayed by David Underhill
Gulf Coast Region Oil Disaster Response Team
submitted by Carol Adams-Davis, Alabama Chapter, August 11, 2010
Long Term Recovery Plan
The devastation caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil catastrophe will continue to unfold for many years and many generations. This disaster in our Gulf’s deep waters and on our fragile coastline is the most painful and powerful reminder yet, that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now. We can't afford not to change how we produce and use energy, because the long-term costs to our economy, our national security, and our environment are far greater.
The offshore oil industry will not solve, and hasn't solved, our economic woes. The building of a massive clean energy industry would!! Ideological leadership can come from the people, right here in our Gulf coast states, who understand the need now to put our environmental health above and beyond the oil industry.
A long-range Gulf Coast Restoration Plan should be coming in a matter of weeks. We should be engaging with President Barack Obama and his Gulf Restoration Plan’s appointed director, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, about the development of this broad plan, which is intended to address the region’s economic, environmental and mental health challenges caused by BP’s oil disaster.
The Push for Climate and Energy Legislation Continues
submitted by David Newton
As suggested in the August issue, the passage of a comprehensive climate and energy bill at the national level will be very difficult. In fact in early August, the Majority Leadership in the U.S. Senate decided against debating the proposed climate-energy legislation. Given the time remaining in this session of Congress, the Senate may not debate it in 2010.
Of course, a major reason that enacting comprehensive climate and energy legislation is very challenging is that climate and energy issues are very complicated and they impact everyone. It is more difficult than the health care reform struggle we experienced earlier in this session of Congress. The amounts of money and the numbers of lobbyists on all sides are huge. However, those in opposition currently have more resources and they have used them effectively.
Storm Water Phase II Permit Hearing
submitted by David Newton
Photo taken by Elizabeth Salter, Watershed Organizer, Alabama Rivers Alliance
In Montgomery on July 23, Sierra Club members Carolyn Carr (left), David Newton (center), and Clara Clothiaux (right) of Save Our Saugahatchee, all from Auburn, discuss their testimony after the public hearing on ADEM's proposed Storm Water Phase II Permit.
Meeting Report from the Coosa Valley Sierra Club
In July we had a speaker with some good tips on local herbs and their many uses. Jim Smith, co-owner of at Apple-A-Day Health World in Gadsden presented "Herbal Medicine in Your Backyard" and talked about plants you see every day that you may not know can be valuable to your health. If you missed Jim’s presentation you can hear his radio program on herbs and nutrition every Friday at 9:30am on WMGJ AM 1240.
American Trails Symposium in Chattanooga
Every other year American Trails brings together trail enthusiasts for a weekend of workshops and outings. This year the conference will be in Chattanooga, November 14-17, and it will be a while before it is in our area again. There will be many opportunities for networking with trail enthusiasts from all over the country.
The American Trails National Symposium is your best opportunity to network with the nationwide trails community and learn state of the art trail planning, development, and management techniques. The Symposium addresses both non-motorized and motorized issues and our vision for trails and greenways nationwide. Dozens of speakers and keynote presenters will join us from the trails community across America.
The theme for this year’s symposium is Trails, The Green Way for America. This symposium's theme evokes the benefit of trails to America’s economy and environment. As we evolve toward a green economy, trails are the way for outdoor recreation and alternative transportation. Trails provide access and connections to many of this nation’s most incredible green spaces: parks, forests, and wildlands. Trails are a critical component of green infrastructure within communities, tying homes to businesses, schools, and workplaces, and empowering clean human-powered mobility. Trails support the new American dream which is built upon environmental and economic efficiency. Trails are, very simply, the green way for America.
For more information and to register, go to http://www.americantrails.org/2010 or call 530-547-2060.