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FEBRUARY 2013

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February 28, 2013, Sierra Club General Meeting
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Litzsinger School, 10094 Litzsinger Road at Lindbergh Blvd., Ladue, MO 63124 (map)
Our speaker will be Dave Robertson, political science professor at UMSL and a frequent commentator on KWMU and various local TV stations.  He teaches courses on politics and the environment and is an expert on political polling. 

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March 28, 2013, Sierra Club General Meeting
7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at Mid-County Branch Library, 7821 Maryland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63105  (map)
Discovering Missouri’s Natural Areas Mike Leahy, Natural Areas Coordinator with the Missouri Department of Conservation, will give an overview of Missouri’s natural areas and their role in the conservation of the state’s natural heritage.  From cypress swamps to desert-like glades, we will explore the myriad of native plants and animals that inhabit the remnant natural areas of Missouri.  We will explore Natural Areas across the state but will also focus on those in the St. Louis region that are great destinations to visit to learn more about the natural history of this place. 

The Great January Thaw Service Outings
Join us on an upcoming service outing at Hawn State Park as we continue to remove old barbed wire fencing in the backcountry. There are many miles of barbed wire that the park managers are eager to see removed. While removing wire you will be seeing areas of the park that very few people get to see.  Some workers who would rather not mess with barbed wire can do general maintenance on the trails. The work you do will help wildlife and improve the quality of the backcountry.  Free overnight camping.  The dates are:


Wednesday through Sunday, March 20-24
Wednesday and Thursday, April 10-11

For more information contact: Paul Stupperich @ 314-429-4352 or Bob Gestel @ 636-296-8975.  Or visit our EMG Events and Activities webpage.

Sierra Club Lobby Day, Wednesday, February 27 - Jefferson City
Join other members of the Missouri Sierra Club on February 27 in our state capitol to talk with our senators and representatives about issues that affect our natural environment. This is the second of four lobby days this year. You can sign up right here. For more information email Michael Berg or call 314-644-1011.

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Get on the Bus!
Sierra Club members from Missouri are renting a bus to travel to the February 17th protest in Washington DC against the Keystone XL Pipeline.  The bus will depart St. Louis at 1pm on Sat. Feb 16, and will return on Mon. Feb 18 @ 4pm.  Cost is $160, and there are still a few seats remaining!  Register at http://goo.gl/hwvPt


Attend the Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference in Washington DC, April 15-18!
The Missouri Sierra Club has funding to send five people to this national meeting hosted by the Blue Green Alliance, a labor-environmental coalition.  If you are interested in applying for one of these seats, please send an email to the Chapter Director with a short note on how you could apply the training to Sierra Club work here in Missouri!



The Sierra Club Eastern Missouri Group has a great Facebook page. Check it out and friend us.

Earth Day Festival!
A community tradition - 24 years in the making. Experience what is now the 3rd largest Earth Day celebration in the country on Sunday, April 21, 2013, 11am – 6pm at The Muny in Forest Park.  Plan to be there as a Sierra Club volunteer -- you can squeeze, mix and sell lemonade or greet the public at our information booth. Call the EMG office for more information 314-644-0890.


Recycling Extravaganza Spotlight: 'Anything with a cord!'
Wondering what to do with your appliances and electronics that are no longer of any use to you? We know a place that you can trust to properly recycle 'Anything with a cord!' And they will be at the St. Louis Earth Day Recycling Extravaganza on April 21, 2013 at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park! (Start saving items now!) 


Green Speaker Series Presentation on
Genetically Modified Foods
Advances in science have allowed the modification of the DNA of organisms, including crops, with the aim of increasing their resistance to chemical herbicides, and to improve their growth. Genetically modified foods (aka GM foods or biotech foods), produced by these crops, have been on the market since 1994. But genetic modification is not without controversy.

Come hear Kathleen Logan Smith, Director of Environmental Policy of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, give an update on the subject on February 21 as part of the Green Speaker Series. The talk will be at 7 pm at Town & Country's Longview Farm Park (map)., 13525 Clayton Road, Town & Country, MO 63141, and is free and open to the public. The Green Speaker Series is sponsored by Town & Country's Green Team Commission.

Re-usable grocery bags will be given away at the talk.


Green Time TV: 
 What Can Cuba Tell Us about Health and the Environment?
Green Time airs in four Missouri areas. See listing on Facebook and greentime.tv. In the St. Louis area it appears at noon on Saturdays and 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays on Channel 24-1 and at 8 p.m. on Mondays on Channel 24-2 on these dates:

Cuba

March 2, 4 & 6: “Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine;” Rebecca Fitz, a student at the Latin American School of Medicine, explains Cuba’s “family doctor” system which focuses on the health of a neighborhood.

March 16, 18 & 20: “International Loans vs. Health Care;” Dr. Daniel Hellinger and Zaki Baruti discuss how international loans can force poor countries to abandon programs to protect their environment and the health of their citizens.

March 23, 25 & 27: “Crisis in US Health Care;” US health care has negative environmental impacts, both from providing unneeded treatment to some and from the worsening of problems among those who are under-treated.

March 30, April 1, 3: “Global Health Dilemmas;” Mimi Signor and Rev. Vickie Caldwell explore how health dilemmas in the US reflect a global health catastrophe.

The March shows feature portions of Salud! What Puts Cuba on the Map in the Quest for Global Health.  To volunteer to help produce Green Time call 314-727-8554 or email Don Fitz.

 

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