Did You Know…
Dangerous trains carrying highly explosive oil from hydrofracked North Dakota travel through Buffalo?
Western NY Drilling Defense will have a meeting on Thursday, July 2 at 6 PM at the Crane Library (upstairs), 633 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo NY
Vigil for Victims of Lac Megantic Rail Disaster
In July 2013, an oil train carrying Bakken crude oil from North Dakota crashed in downtown Lac Meganitc Quebec killing 47 people and destroying much of the downtown. So far this year, there have been 5 derailments and explosions of trains carrying Bakken crude oil.
It’s not a matter of if such an event will occur in another populated area such as Buffalo, but when.
On Sunday July 5, at 7 PM, The Western NY Drilling Defense will host an hour-long vigil at Bidwell Pkwy and Elmwood Ave in Buffalo for the victims of Lac Megantic rail disaster. Please bring appropriate signs.
Pope’s Climate Encyclical?
The Pope’s Encyclical is drawing worldwide attention to the climate crisis. Here in Buffalo, writers have been busy adding their voices and calling for action. Thank you to these writers and to the Buffalo News for publishing their work.
PUSH is hosting a “Solar Jam”, a festival in Mass Ave Park with solar demonstrations, lost of music, a roller skating party, food and other fun activities. Solar Jam Flyer
Energy Committee Meeting
Monday July 13, 2015, 6:00
Our monthly Energy Committee meetings focus on renewable energy solutions to climate change. We meet on the second Monday of each month. All are welcome to join us.
Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood at Ferry, use Garden Entrance, upstairs in Alliance Room
Brian Higgins Put the Brakes on Risky Transport of Nuclear Waste through Buffalo!
House Passes Bill With Higgins’ Amendment Requiring Risk Assessment of Proposed Nuclear Waste Transport Across Peace Bridge
The Department of Energy has a plan to transport liquid nuclear waste from Ontario’s Chalk River Research reactor over the Peace Bridge, through Western New York and other states en route to the Department of Energy’s Savannah River site beginning next year.
EPA CONFIRMS THAT FRACKING POSES A RISK TO DRINKING WATER
Somerset Lighthouse Wind Project
The Sierra Club strongly endorses wind energy as one of the forms of energy generation that will be required to move us off fossil fuels. However, neither the Niagara Group nor national Sierra Club have endorsed the Lighthouse Project proposed by Apex at this time because the process is just beginning and we will wait to see the final siting and plan before we give our endorsement. However, we actively work to promote the benefits of wind as a necessary strategy and to rebut all forms of misinformation circulated by individuals and groups.
For more information visit our: Wind Energy page
Our Annual Dinner
Sierra Club recognizes award recipients for their environmental efforts
We heard a great presentation about the imperative of “Just Transitions” from Erin Heaney, Executive Director of the Clean Air Coalition. She acknowledged the imperative to move off fossil fuels to address climate change, but addressed how the move can impact workers and communities unfairly and the responsibility and solutions to address this.
Congratulations to our Award Recipients!
The Blake Reeves Award to the Buffalo Public Schools – In recognition of the Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) The Solar Array will have solar panels on 20 Buffalo Public Schools. We particularly recognized Paul McDonnell, Director of Facilities Planning Design and Construction, Jason McCarthy of the School Board, and Richard Steinberg, a Sierra Club Member.
Bruce Kershner Award to Charley Bowman – For leadership in working with many climate change issues and his concerns for justice and peace being central to the mission of climate justice
Time to Reclaim 9000 acres in Allegany State Park from Gas Leases!
Take action today and send a letter to Governor Cuomo and the NY Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, expressing opposition to public park land being put to industrial use. The gas storage facility in the Allegany State Park damages natural resources. Our New York State Parks are treasures that belong to the people of New York. They offer peace and tranquility for hiking, camping, canoeing, and the enjoyment of a natural setting. Our parks were never intended for industrial use.
“A SOLAR HOME COMPANION”
Check out the great interviews with Josh and Zephyr, done by Franco Ardito of Channel 2 News. They each share their enthusiasm and impressive insights on the need for, and far reaching possibilities for renewable energy in NY!
Thank you to Zephyr Teachout, Josh Fox and their crew for coming to Buffalo and presenting this wonderful show!!
Here is a quick and easy way you can do your part and sign up for renewable energy!
REFORMING THE ENERGY VISION HEARING
The New York State Public Service Commission held forums and public statement hearings across the State to seek public input and comment on the Commission’s regulatory component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s overall strategic energy plan, Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV. See a sample of comments and more about REV here
KEEP BUFFALO’S OUTER HARBOR PUBLIC!!! SIGN THE PETITION!
The Sierra Club Niagara Group is working with the Western New York Environmental Alliance, the Friends of Time’s Beach, Riverkeeper and Park for the 21st Century for a Green Outer Harbor without Condos. Please consider signing their petitions below and ASK ALL YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA FRIENDS TO DO LIKEWISE. www.change.org/p/preserve-the-buffalo-outer-harbor and http://www.growwny.org/oh/petition/
Zach, a student at SUNY Fredonia has asked us to support his campaign calling on the SUNY system to divest from fossil fuels.
Because divestment is the most effective way for our campuses to go fossil free and lead the way for sustainable energy across campuses nationwide, we call on the entire network of SUNY universities to… Sign the Petition Here
THANKS TO ALL OUR MARCHERS FOR JOINING US FOR AN AMAZING DAY OF CALLING FOR ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE!
…and a huge thank you to our generous supporters!
Sierra Club and local unions provided broad support of The People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. Over 400,000 people attended! Locally, several unions contributed to the cause including SEIU 1199, Buffalo Teachers Federation and Public Employees Federation (PEF) Region 1. A special thanks to the United Healthcare Workers East, SEIU 1199, for their generous contribution of $2500 to provide bus transportation and scholarships to students for the round trip between Buffalo and NYC. Above, SEIU Vice President Todd Hobler (center) is presenting the check to Larry Snider, Treasurer of the Sierra Club Niagara Group while Chair Lynda Schneekloth looks on. THANK YOU 1199!!
THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH SEPTEMBER 21 IN NYC!
We marched for climate justice, economic justice, social justice and peace!
With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we took a stand to bend the course of history. We took to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. See more about the People’s Climate March and our participation here.