Footnotes Issue #69: Special Edition: February 1, 2013
Mike Brune Invites You to Join a Georgia Climate Forward Call on Wednesday
My fellow Sierra Clubbers,
One of the biggest actions we'll be holding this year is the Forward On Climate Rally — a partnership between the Sierra Club, 350.org and others to host an event in Washington D.C. on February 17 that is shaping up to be the largest climate rally in American history.
In his inaugural address, President Obama made a bold commitment to take action in the fight against climate disruption.
"We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations."
We need your Chapter members in Washington with us, making history and demonstrating to the President that his commitment to climate change is a worthy legacy. Keystone XL is just the beginning. As the President's words in his inaugural address demonstrate, our movement is powerful and this rally will demonstrate that power in ways that we can leverage for all our local and national goals.
Starting tomorrow, I will be calling members from two Chapters each day, asking for their commitment to join us in Washington and show the strength of our movement in numbers. As I'll explain on the call, this will be a watershed event for the Club as a whole and the climate movement. We need as many of our members and activists there in person. Come, experience the power of our movement and carry home your personal stories from the rally as a foundation for the opportunities ahead. This is only the beginning - many more events are planned as part of the 100 days of Action for Climate and Clean Energy leading up to Earth Day: http://action.sierraclub.org/site/PageNavigator/100Days.html
Join me on my call with the Georgia Chapter at 7:30 p.m. EST, Wednesday, February 6 by calling in to 1-866-501-6174 and conference code 2000001# and be part of the Georgia Chapter's pledge to be there in person, in strength. Work with your chapter leadership to make a commitment to join an event that will become part of the history of our movement.
If you already know you want to join us and are looking for a ride, please sign up here. If you have any questions about the call or the bus, please contact Seth Gunning, Georgia's Beyond Coal Organizer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talk with you soon,
Georgia Power has been steadily reducing their reliance on coal, down from over 70% just a few years ago to under 50% last year. With the recent retirement announcement, that number will likely continue to drop. The result is an increasing dependence on natural gas and nuclear.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution looked at this shift in strategy, quoting Chapter Director Colleen Kiernan on Sunday, that this represents another "Big Bet" by the Southern Company.
Sierra Club Meetings
Smart Energy Team Meeting, Monday, February 4, 7:00 p.m.
Wildlands Committee Meeting, Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 p.m.
Atlanta Inner City Outings (ICO), Tuesday, February 12, 7:30 p.m.
RAIL, Monday, January 25, 7:00 p.m.
Fundraising Committee, Wednesday, February 27, 7:00 p.m.
February 1 - Al Gore at the Carter Center
February 9 – Sierra Club 101
February 9 - Transportation Camp
TransportationCamp South is coming to Atlanta on Saturday, February 9.This day-long “unconference” – where sessions are proposed and led by attendees – brings together thinkers and doers in the fields of transportationand technology for a day of learning, debating, connecting, and creating. This is the first to be held in the Southern US. Click here for more information and registration.
Georgia Conservation Voters hosts their annual Legislative Breakfast from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. at the top of the West Tower of the Sloppy Floyd Building. Individual tickets are $30, tables can be purchased for $250. The breakfast will be immediately followed by an Issue Briefing and trip across the street to flex our green muscles under the gold dome. Please join us!
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