A LETTER TO OUR SIERRA CLUB MEMBERS AND GUESTS,
This has been an exciting year for our regional Sierra Club Niagara Group. We have been building our organization to work together to address climate change by advocating for renewables and by working to halt the continued use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Membership support has been critical in these efforts and we are using our resources wisely.
Our primary initiative right now is our Clean Energy Campaign.
In early September we are working to gather as many people as possible to GET ON THE BUS for the historic PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH to be held in New York City on September 21, 2014 in conjunction with a UN Summit on Climate Change. We have reserved three buses to talk the Buffalo Herd to the city to be Heard. Come with us! Registration and ticket purchases at <niagarasierraclub.com>.
In addition to the Climate March, this year’s activities include:
- Establishing a Writers Group within the Energy Committee to educate and increase public awareness.
- Collaborating with the national Beyond Coal Campaign on a ‘Just Transition’ project for the town of Tonawanda in the event that the Huntley Coal Plant is retired.
- Working with the schools to reduce their energy costs by installing rooftop solar energy systems.
- Participating in the Anti-Fracking movement to stop this dangerous industrial process, including a campaign to stop leasing space Allegany Park to gas companies for storage.
- Initiating a “Winds of Change” campaign to advocate for the doubling of on-shore wind and initiating off-shore wind from Long Island by 2018.
- Working for effective and comprehensive policies such as a funding strategy for businesses, the PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) and a mandated Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) – mandated goals for how much renewable energy should be on the grid in a given time frame.
- Participating in the Buffalo Recycling Alliance to promote recycling in WNY as a way to reduce energy.
- Campaigning to stop the shipment of liquid high-level radioactive waste through our community.
We would love to have you more involved – there is so much work to be done. If interested, please complete the interest survey on how you want to be involved. We thank you for your membership support to our local Niagara Group. Your support matters!!!
Lynda Schneekloth, Chair
There are many ways to take action in our community, from volunteering to lobbying, letter-writing to joining our executive committee. Read below to see how you can get involved with the Niagara Group:
Attend a Sierra Club meeting
We hold Group meetings the fourth Tuesday of the month at Daemen College, in room 229 of Dun Scotus Hall. The campus is located at 4380 Main Street in Amherst. Our meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are packed with discussion of current environmental issues. Meet other people and learn about on-going issues and local campaigns. All meetings are open to the public, so come join us. We look forward to meeting you.
Subscribe to our Email News List
Subscribers receive announcements of our group’s activities, speakers, lobby opportunities and local environmental news, usually about once or twice a month. We promise not to fill your in-box, and we don’t share our email list with anyone.
To subscribe, send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words “Subscribe” and your first and last name in the body of the email.
Join the Sierra Club
Members automatically receive the Niagara Group and Atlantic Chapter Newsletters, the Sierra Magazine and discounts on Club merchandise. Importantly, the more members we have in the Niagara Group, the more attention we get from elected officials and others. Although the Niagara Group is a low-budget, volunteer-led outfit, members’ dues are crucial in supporting the state- and national-level Sierra Club from which we receive so much support. For more information about Club membership, please click here.
Write a Letter to Support Legislation and Give Comments
It is VERY IMPORTANT that YOU as a citizen of the state send your comments! If covering various topics, feel free to send more than one letter.
Write a Letter to the Editor
The Buffalo News publishes short letters to the editors. There’s no easier way to reach an audience of thousands! For more information on letter writing check out our Writer’s Group page.
Lead an Outing
If you have a favorite place that others should know about, why not lead a Sierra Club outing to visit it? While many of our outings are “just for fun,” we also encourage educational trips to learn more about environmental issues, and service projects to clean up an area or repair a trail. To lead an outing, you must be a Sierra Club member.
Participate in Local Decision Making
Many of the most important environmental decisions are made at the local and state level. We encourage everyone to vote in local elections, attend candidate forums and town meetings and public hearings, and otherwise get to know their local public officials. Often it takes just one interested citizen to educate a local official and make a real difference.