Special Event! Please join us!!!
2016 Sierra Club Niagara Group Annual Awards Dinner
Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 6 pm
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo
With Special Guest Speaker Aaron Mair, President National Sierra Club
Aaron is from Schenectady, NY, and is an epidemiological-spatial analyst with the New York State Department of Health. His background and experience includes more than three decades of environmental activism and over 25 years as a Sierra Club volunteer leader where he has worked diligently for environmental justice.
We are offering a multi-course buffet dinner with cash bar. We have two ticket prices: $45 for those who can afford to support our fundraising efforts, and $25 for those who are students or on a fixed income. More dinner details here.
NORTHERN ACCESS 2016 PIPELINE
Did you know that National Fuel is planning to build a 96 mile pipeline to move fracked gas from the drilling fields of PA through our beloved Southern Tier crossing 180 streams, 270 wetlands and 7 ponds along the way? The proposed project includes a strongly opposed compressor station in Pendleton and a dehydration station in Wheatfield to prepare the gas for export under the Niagara River and into Canada. We need your help as we quickly join forces with the Pendleton Action Team and the newly formed landowner group – WECAP – Wyoming, Erie and Cattaraugus Communities Act on the Pipeline .
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE IN RAISING OUR VOICES AGAINST THIS PROJECT.
Please call Governor Andrew Cuomo (518) 474-8390 (Press 3 at prompt) and tell him to complete the ban on fracking! Tell him to deny the DEC 401 Water Permit for the Northern Access Pipeline Project like he did for the Constitution Pipeline. The call takes less than five minutes. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Tell everyone you know to call. Share this message and ask your family, friends and neighbors to help!
Learn more about next actions at our upcoming Energy Committee meeting.
Sierra Club Energy Committee Meeting
Thursday August 11, 6:00pm Crane Library,
633 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo
All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
More information on the proposed project can be found National Fuel.
This proposed Northern Access 2016 is part of a just released a report titled, A Bridge Too Far: How Appalachian Basin Gas Pipeline Expansion Will Undermine U.S. Climate Goals. This report documents the climate impacts of the massive proposed overbuild of natural gas pipelines. Reuters has done a story on the report: New gas pipelines would make U.S. miss climate target .
Highlights of the report include:
- There are 19 key new proposed natural gas pipelines in the Appalachian basin. All of them are incompatible with the Paris target and existing U.S. climate goals;
- Stopping this new supply infrastructure is critical to the keep it in the ground movement’s goals of stopping infrastructure that creates carbon lock-in; and
- All new energy projects must pass a climate test to prove their viability in a climate safe world. These new gas pipelines fail that test.
Break Free Albany – THANK YOU to All who made the trip with us for an Inspiring Day of Action as we marched and rallied on the tracks to say no to bomb trains and fracked gas infrastructure!
The Western NY Public Clean Energy Standard Hearing
This is our chance to demonstrate to the Public Service Commission and the Governor that Western NY is ready to for a swift and bold transition to renewable energy.
When: May 11th, 5:30pm press event, 6pm public information session
NATIONAL SIERRA CLUB FEATURED ACTION:
BEYOND PARIS: SUPPORT A STRONG AND JUST CLEAN POWER PLAN!
The EPA is seeking public comments on the Clean Power Plan now and your message will help ensure it is as strong as possible. As we begin to act on the Paris agreement, the Obama Administration needs our support now to get this centerpiece of the plan across the finish line.
Thanks to YOU, WNY Rose Up to send a strong message to the Paris Climate talks. Now we look forward to working with you in the months ahead on the hard work of turning our leaders’ words into the real and urgent action needed on climate change.
“The Rise Up for Climate Justice Campaign is over, the U.N. Climate Paris Talks are over. But the work is just beginning. Join us as we initiate next steps in our local and regional communities to cut greenhouse gas emissions, to increase ‘carbon negative’ actions, and to ensure that this energy transformation is embedded in a just transition and promotes energy democracy.” See Lynda Schneekloth’s complete summary of all we accomplished here.
Stay involved – Get involved!
We have been working to define our mission and goals as we transform our Rise Up for Climate Justice Campaign into The Climate Justice Coalition of Western NY for continued action toward a fair, sustainable and climate safe Western New York.
Stay tuned and stay involved!
WNY Climate Justice Pledge Makes It to Paris!!
“This is how we will win,” said Sierra Club Executive Director, Mike Brune, as he accepted a scroll of over 2,000 names of Western New Yorkers, businesses, labor unions, and influential political leaders in Buffalo and beyond who signed the Climate Justice Pledge. The hard work that the leaders of Buffalo’s environmental, faith, and social justice organizations culminated in a symbolic sendoff showing the leaders of the world. 12:30(Paris Time) on December 9th, 2015 truly felt like a momentous occasion.
Left to right: UB law students Bridget Steele, Leah Bernhardi, Christina Kennedy, Collin Doane, Alyssa Erazo, and Sandy Chelnov, WNY Rise Up for Climate Justice, with Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club in center holding the WNY Climate Justice Pledge scroll signed by thousands of western New York individuals and organizations.
Rise Up for Climate Justice!
We Rallied in Niagara Square calling on the President and leaders of all nations to sign and enforce a universal, legally binding agreement to combat climate change and support a just energy transition.
WHO ARE WE: The Rise Up For Climate Justice campaign comprises diverse groups of Western New Yorkers including people of different faiths, students, people of color, teachers, indigenous people, labor unions, community activists, environmentalists, artists, performers and local politicians. The campaign is open to all people. Funded in part by grants and donations from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Communication Workers of America, WNYEA, Peace Education Fund, Sierra Club Niagara Group.
We call on local elected and civic leaders to take climate action through a just transition on behalf of the Earth and future generations.
As people of the earth and citizens of the United States, We demand CLIMATE JUSTICE
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
KEEP BUFFALO’S OUTER HARBOR PUBLIC!!! SIGN THE PETITION!
THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH SEPTEMBER 21 2014 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.