Stop Tar Sands in Alabama: Message from FOMENTS in Alabama
Greetings..My name is Leigh Carson and I am writing on behalf of FOMENTS (Friends Of Mother Earth No Tar Sands) in Alabama.
Included below is a link to our petition on Change.org. We need your signature for this petition to reach Governor Bentley, the Alabama Senate and the Alabama House of Representatives. Please help us reach our goal.
Tar sands mining will irreparably scar the lush, diverse eco-system we call home. It is a grave threat to our ground water, streams and rivers. Up to 200 jobs in 10 years will never be worth the stench and ugliness that will follow. TSM will hobble the growth of tourism, out-door sporting events and nature activities. It will lower property values. I never want to have to explain to my children and grandchildren how we let this happen.
If you've already signed; thank you so much We encourage you to let everyone know about the petition.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. We appreciate your help. Please share! Leigh
Wednesday, August 27, 7 p.m
Community Meeting at Trinity Episcopal Church in Florence
410 N. Pine Street, Florence, Alabama
Tuesday, September 9, 6 p.m.
Mt. Hope Community Meeting
Rock Springs Presbyterian Church
8646 County Road 23
Mt. Hope, Alabama
Thursday, September 25, 5-9 p.m.
Citizens Rally at Wilson Park, Downtown Florence
Live music, speakers, information booths and more
Happy 50th Wilderness Act!
by Sandy Kiplinger, North Alabama Sierra Club
As I was flying across the United States toward my annual Sierra Club lead in Montana, I was looking out the window at the landscape far below. There was a patchwork of crops, scattered houses and long stretches of roads leading in all directions. It was by chance that earlier this year, I joined the ‘Sipsey Challenge, a Meetup group that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act through a series of hikes. Surrounded by incredible scenery and through on-trail discussions, I was reacquainted with why such an Act was and is still needed.
In 1956, Howard Zahniser, Executive Director of The Wilderness Society, drafted a bill to protect some of the nation's remaining wilderness areas. Eight years and 66 rewrites later, the bill passed Congress. On September 3, 1964, after signing in to law the Wilderness Act, Public Law 88-577 (16 U.S.C. 1131-1136, 78 Stat. 890), President Lyndon B. Johnson stated: "If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it."
According to the Act, “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain. An area of wilderness is further defined to mean in this Act, an area of undeveloped Federal land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural conditions and which (1) generally appears to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable; (2) has outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation; (3) has at least five thousand acres of land or is of sufficient size as to make practicable its preservation and use in an unimpaired condition; and (4) may also contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value.
When the Wilderness Act was passed in 1964, 54 areas (9.1 million acres) in 13 states were designated as wilderness. Today, there are 758 designated wilderness areas (109,511,038 acres) in 44 states and Puerto Rico. The largest is Wrangell-Saint Elias Wilderness, Alaska (9,078,675 acres), and the smallest, Pelican Island Wilderness, northern Florida (5.5 acres). The Appalachian Trail passes through 25 different wilderness areas. (see more on the Wilderness Areas in Alabama here)
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act in Alabama
The National Forests in Alabama will celebrate the 50th Anniversary Wilderness on September 6, 2014 at 10:00 in Cheaha State Park at the Rock Pavilion.
Special events will include: Gary White, Mike Leonard and Pete Conroy, speakers who were instrumental with the designation of wilderness areas in Alabama, photo contest results, a hike for wilderness including traditional tools and leave no trace demonstrations. Other participating partners include Wild South, Skip Essman with Leave No Trace of Alabama, Cheaha State Park, Kim Murray of Munford Elementary School, Trail Clubs and the Anniston Outdoor Association. Wild South will have information regarding our Volunteer Wilderness Ranger Program. Other booths will include hiking and outdoor groups. There will also be a special appearance from “Bigfoot”. Lunch will also be provided accompanied by the melodious sounds of the Sky Island String Band.
Wild South will have information regarding our Volunteer Wilderness Ranger Program, other booths will include hiking and outdoor groups, leave no trace, with a special appearance from “Bigfoot”. Lunch will be provided and we will have entertainment from the Sky Island String Band. Please contact the Talladega Ranger District at 256-362-2909; the Shoal Creek Ranger District at 256-463-2272 or the Bankhead Ranger District at 205-489-5111 for additional information.
Grassroots Activism: Demanding Strong EPA Standards Near Oil Refineries
At an EPA hearing in Houston during August, Gulf Coast communities called for stronger EPA pollution controls near oil refineries. Tougher standards and enforcement would reduce toxic emissions, improve air quality, and protect public health. The Sierra Club partnered with EarthJustice and other coalition partners to help residents of port communities call for strong standards at the hearing. Learn more here. (from Sierra Currents)
A Historic Week for Clean Air and Energy
Hundreds upon hundreds of people packed the Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearings on its proposed carbon pollution plan last month. Multiple hearings in Denver, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C., were crowded with parents, public health officials, business owners, farmers, clergy, and many others who support the EPA's Clean Power Plan. Read Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune's recap of the hearings, marches, and rallies. (from Sierra Club Insider)