August may be another scorcher but there is not much time to lounge in the shade on the environmental front. In fact this entire summer has been intense and hopeful for action on climate time!
Since June there have been nine public hearings or listening sessions on clean energy and climate held by the State of Virginia from one end of the Commonwealth to the other. The good news is that we out-numbered the climate skeptics and Big Coal by 10 to 1 or better at almost every one of these sessions.
There is no letting up in August either, so please keep reading and clicking!
Glen Besa, Director Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club
Climate Action Workshop: Building a Winning Climate Strategy for Virginia!
The weekend of August 23, 24 in Richmond, the Sierra Club is joining forces with VA Conservation Network and our other allies for an exciting Climate Action Workshop. If you are passionate about climate protection and committed to action, then we urge you to sign up. We'll cover hotel and meals-- we just ask that you pay $10 at the door to help defray expenses. So become a part of the Virginia Climate Movement and sign up today. For more details, click here.
Tell the VA State Corporation Commission that they should not let our electric utilities impose a "Tax on the Sun" for their customers who put solar panels on their homes. In Arizona, the utilities there sought a $100/month charge on customers with solar panels. Dominion already has a $50/month tax on larger home solar systems and AEP is seeking a similar tax. These utilities are considering Arizona-style legislation in the 2015 General Assembly Session that would expand the tax to all solar home systems. This cynical effort to stifle competition needs to be stopped now! Click here to take action NOW!
The weekend also includes special keynote remarks on Saturday evening from ROBERT K. MUSIL, President and CEO of The Rachel Carson Council, Inc., senior fellow at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University, and author of Hope for a Heated Planet. He is the former CEO of the Nobel Peace Prize–winning Physicians for Social Responsibility and an award-winning journalist.
Join us for the People's Climate March in New York City on September 21. The People's Climate March--held just days before the United Nations Climate Summit--is an unparalleled opportunity to let our world leaders know how urgently the public is calling for solutions to climate disruption, and how we need to move quickly from dirty fuels to clean energy. Besides, it just might be the biggest public outpouring of support for climate solutions this planet has ever seen.
The People's Climate March is going to be a big deal. RSVP now, and keep checking back for details on special trains and buses that might be leaving from your area.
There are over 325 local, national, and international organizations participating in the People's Climate March. See a list of our partners.
WHAT: The People's Climate March WHO: Sierra Club, tens of thousands of passionate and dedicated allies, and you! WHERE: NYC! WHEN: Sunday, September 21st
Along with the Koch Bros, the America Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) spends millions on right-wing causes from fighting climate change to "stand your ground" laws to voter suppression. Dominion, Virginia's largest public utility is a member of ALEC and we think that's wrong. Just last week ALEC had their conference in Dallas where they strategized how to block the EPA Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution. You can tell Dominion CEO Tom Farrell to quit ALEC by clicking here.
Additionally, you can join us on Thursday, noon, September 4, at a demonstration outside ALEC's HQ in Arlington, VA. Click here to RSVP TODAY!
If more people voted, there would be less pollution. We know most folks support environmental and climate protections, but not everyone votes. Right-wing groups like ALEC and VA Senator Obenshain want to make sure it is even harder to vote by throwing up more barriers to voter access. You can stop one of these assaults on voters rights in Virginia by clicking here!
2014 Legislative Awards off to Swinging Start
If you missed Senator Chap Petersen singing Sweet Home Alabama in front of a live band, craft brews with Delegate Ron Villanueva, or the solar tour of Eastern Mennonite’s campus with Senator Emmett Hanger, you’ll want to save the date for Sierra Club events with the remaining six 2014 Legislative Leader award winners.
Coming up in August we’re celebrating our friendship with two additional legislative champions, and you don’t want to miss out!
The Sierra Club is looking for students with a passion for protecting the environment and the ambition to make a difference. Internships are available on the following campaigns:
Climate Action Campaign: Engage Virginians in the national movement to address climate change and increase our use of renewable energy. Key issues include: reducing carbon pollution from power plants, defending the Clean Air Act, encouraging key decision-makers to support the President’s Climate Action Plan, and moving our communities and utilities away from reliance on fossil fuels.
Virginia General Assembly In-District Legislative Power Building: Work with Sierra Club volunteers and others in key legislative districts to build power and advance legislation to fight climate change, advance solar and wind energy and protect our air and water.