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2015 Ohio Sierra Club Retreat

Mohican-winterWe hope you can join the Sierra Club for our annual Chapter Retreat. As one of the largest and most influential environmental organizations in the state, this is the time each year where we celebrate our victories, renew our spirits, and make our plans the year ahead. All are welcome, and meals will be provided for members who register.

Join us at Mohican State Park Lodge for the Annual Chapter Retreat on Jan 31st- Feb 1st!

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Stop Toxins from Algae in Drinking Water

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Click here to submit public comments to Ohio EPA by November 19.

1.) Insist algae toxin standards be created for Ohio drinking water supplies

2.) Request mandatory testing to occur at community water systems

 

 

Don’t Let Ohio Coal Get A Bailout

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Carbon pollution rolls from Sammis Coal-fired Power Plant. Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers. credit: Akron Beacon Journal

In June 2014, Governor Kasich signed into law a bill that guts Ohio’s clean energy and efficiency standards. Passing this new law was not enough for Ohio’s utilities, though. 

Now, Ohio’s largest electric utilities, AEP, Duke, and FirstEnergy are seeking to keep a number of Ohio’s oldest and dirtiest power plants open for years to come.

And they want you and me to pay for it.

Take Action ->

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Energy and Renewables

As the fourth largest contributor of greenhouse gases in the U.S., Ohio is one of the largest energy users in the country. Clean, homegrown technologies, such as energy efficiency and renewable energy, can transform Ohio’s economic and energy future. For every dollar invested in energy efficiency, at least three dollars are saved on energy costs, while also creating Ohio jobs in manufacturing, construction, research, and design. Ohio’s universities, utilities, training centers, and businesses are also helping propel the state forward through investments in wind, solar, and other renewable technologies.

Check out our resources page to get more information on what you can do to help!

 

Energy and Renewables - Latest News

By Harvey Wasserman

The most hopeful, diverse, photogenic, energizing and often hilarious march I’ve joined in 52 years of activism—and one of the biggest, at 310,000 strong—has delivered a simple message:  we can and will rid the planet of fossil fuels and nuclear power, we will do it at the grassroots, it will be demanding and difficult to say the least, but it will have its moments of great fun.
With our lives and planet on the line, our species has responded.
Ostensibly, this march was in part meant to influence policy makers.  That just goes with the territory.
But in fact what it showed was an amazingly broad-based, diverse, savvy, imaginative and very often off-beat movement with a deep devotion to persistence and cause, and a great flair for fun.
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For when push comes to shove—and it has—our Solartopian future will be won one victory at a time.
Oh….yes, yes, yes….we will try to influence the policy-makers. The UN, the Obama Administration, the bought and rented Congress, the usual suspects.
But we won’t be begging.  It needs to be the other way around.
Because what must happen most of all is organizing from the grassroots against each and every polluting power plant, unwanted permit, errant funding scheme, stomach-turning bribe, planet-killing frack well, soon-to-melt reactor, and much much more.
Winning this fight for global survival will be done not with one great triumph over corporate hypocrisy and greed.
Instead it’ll require death by a million cuts, with countless small victories won day-to-day at the unseen grassroots.  As the man said, this revolution will not be televised.
Manhattan’s flagship march was joined by sibling demonstrations throughout the world.  By all counts millions of concerned citizens came out to say, loud and clear, that the debate is over:
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Climate chaos is a clear and present danger.
It’s caused by “King CONG”—Coal, Oil, Nukes and Gas.
The corporations who threaten us all must be reorganized and held accountable.  Corporate greed is no way to power an economy.  Corporate personhood is an unsustainable myth.  The corporate profit motive is at war with our survival.
But renewable energy, community-owned and operated, can and will green-power our Earth cleanly and cheaply, bringing jobs, prosperity, ecological balance and, in concert, peace and social justice, without which no green transition is sustainable.
And it will come to us on the wings of focussed local campaigns against each and every polluting project, one at a time, through the grueling, endless hard work of an aroused and focussed citizenry.
The magic of today’s New York minute was its upbeat diversity, sheer brilliance and relentless charm.  A cross between a political rally and a month at Mardi Gras.  There were floats, synchronized dances, outrageous slogans, chants, songs, costumes, marching bands, hugs, parents with their kids, and one very sweaty guy in a gorilla suit.
Above all, there was joy…which means optimism…which means we believe we can win….which is the best indicator we will.
This was a march of the regular citizenry, many come a very long way, at great discomfort and expense, deep into the process of being community organizers, intervenors, plaintiffs, civil disobedients, fundraisers, impromptu speakers, letter writers, and whatever else we might need to us get through this awful corporate disease.
The people I saw, interviewed and rode in on the bus with (from central Ohio; I got the last seat) are working locally while thinking globally.  They are our species’ planetary immune system.
This march said we are now a mature movement with a great sense of mission, diversity and self.
We know what the problem is.
We know who the perpetrators are.
We know what the solutions are, and that they work.
Will it be enough?
Time will tell.  We must, as always, fight like hell.  It will be hard, to say the least.
But please, along the way, let’s have many more marches like this one.
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Harvey Wasserman wrote SOLARTOPIA!  OUR GREEN-POWERED EARTH and edits www.nukefree.org

On July 31st, hundreds of people will gather in Pittsburgh from Pennsylvania and near by states to rally around the

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Clean Power Plan EPA hearing. There are only four total hearings nationwide on the new plan to reduce carbon from power plants. This is a direct action to curb climate change and protect the health of all Americans.  Ohio has some of the worst air in the country, and will need to show strong support for limiting harmful air sources. The Sierra Club President David Scott will speak at the rally along with other national leaders.

Reserve a seat to Pittsburgh NOW 

HEARING Pittsburgh 8:00 am to 9:00pm, Thursday, July 31, 2014

William S. Moorhead Federal Building
1000 Liberty Ave,
Pittsburgh Pa 15222

To testify and request a time: contact Samantha Allen at 614-461-0734 x313 or samantha.allen@sierraclub.org.

NOTE: There will be a lunch break from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and a food will be provided on the buses. There will be two buses in Ohio leaving from Columbus at 7 am and Cleveland at 7 am.

The Sierra Club Ohio Chapter is excited to announce the launch a partnership with Dovetail Solar and Wind for our Solar Homes program!

The Solar Homes Program is a national initiative by the Sierra Club to help accelerate the transition of our nation from dirty fossil fuels by streamlining the installation of clean energy solar systems on members’ homes.

Get a free quote today!

 

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Dovetail shows off their product to Sierra Club staff in Columbus

 

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The battle to save Ohio’s clean energy and energy efficiency future wages on; are YOU ready to join the fight? Here’s a toolkit to get you started.
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Years of Living Dangerously

April 9th, 2014

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Years of Living Dangerously

New Showtime documentary showing the human impacts of climate change. Learn more and what you can do as an individual to #actonclimate

See the first episode here

 

 

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