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NOVEMBER 2013

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November 21, 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)
It's time again for the Annual EMG Photo Show.

December 14, 2013, Holiday Party  and Potluck Dinner
Bring your beverage and a dish to share. Call for time and directions. Barb Wall, (636) 529-0477, Marilyn Harlan, (314) 966-8797, or Ann Eggebrecht, (314) 725-1560. Sierra Club calendars will be available for purchase at the party.


Trivia Night - Eastern Missouri Group Fundraiser - This Weekend
Register now for our second annual Trivia Night, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 16th, at The Heights community center in Richmond Heights!   Cash prizes will be awarded for top-scoring tables -- mulligans will be available to help you out!  Between rounds, you will have an opportunity to: participate in games (win cash or prizes!), enter our 50/50 raffle and shop the silent auction.   It will be a fun evening, so get your friends together and get ready to play! 

Email or call the office (314-644-0890) if you have questions.   Special thanks to our friends at the Alpine Shop and Schlafly for their support of this event.


Action Night at the Sierra Club Office on Thursday December 12

Come to our office at 7164 Manchester on December 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., for the fourth volunteer night on our Beyond Coal campaign.  We will make phone calls, write letters to the editor, contact your legislator, and make posters – all in a fun environment with other members like yourself!  Bring your favorite beverage; some snacks will be provided. For more info, call the office 314-644-1011, or email Sara.


The Sad Saga of HB 650

Learn the sad story of how the "Freedom to Pollute" bill became law.


Keep the Mississippi River Healthy and Safe
An ill-advised Army Corps of Engineers project, New Madrid Floodway Levee, is threatening the health of the Mississippi River and the nearby communities.  The Army Corps wants to build a barrier which would sever the river and its floodplain putting 50,000 acres of quality wetlands and habitat at risk.  This rare, dynamic river and floodplain connection creates wetlands essential for river fisheries and waterfowl.  Furthermore the levee will increase flood risk in a tri-state area of southern Missouri, Illinois and western Kentucky. 

We need your help in stopping this harmful project.  Tell the Army Corps that in order to protect rare quality wetlands and protect nearby communities the New Madrid Floodway Levee must not go forward.  Comment period ends on Monday, November 25.  Visit the National Wildlife Federation website to learn more.

Send a brief email telling the Corps you oppose the New Madrid Levee because you value fish and wildlife habitat and don’t want to increase flood risk!

 

 2014 Sierra Club Calendars

CALENDARS HAVE ARRIVED! 
2014 Wilderness and Engagement calendars are in the EMG office and will be available at the November 21st General Meeting and the December 14th Holiday Party.  Beautiful pictures of our favorite places.  Support your Eastern Missouri Group's efforts by purchasing a calendar for yourself and holiday gifts for your friends, co-workers, and family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faiths United for Moving Beyond Coal
Interfaith Walk on Sunday November 17th, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm at Lafayette Park, corner of Missouri Ave and Park Ave.


Attend Public Hearing to support Big Spring Wilderness!

The National Park Service is holding two public hearings to get input on a proposal to update the General Management Plan for the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers and to manage about 3,500 acres in the Big Spring section of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways as a wilderness area.  You can access the draft plan here.  Please attend one of these meetings to show your support for wilderness in Missouri. 

Tuesday, Dec. 10th – Van Buren
6-8 pm Draft GMP Open House, 8-9 pm Wilderness Hearing
Van Buren Youth & Community Center, intersection of Business 60 & Highway D, Van Buren, MO 63965

Wednesday, Dec. 11th – St. Louis
6-8 pm Draft GMP Open House, 8-9 pm Wilderness Hearing
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122


Ozark Trail Maintenance

The trail team wants to thank everyone who volunteered in Pioneer Forest this fall. The report below gives you a sense of the amount work completed Oct 19 through 26.

  • On The Ozark Trail we performed maintenance from the North Box to the South Box, a distance of 12 miles.
  • On Laxton Hollow Trail, maintanece was done on the 2-mile section from Himont to the Ozark Trail.
  • On Brushy Creek Trail, 3 miles of general maintanace was done in the Himont area, 2 miles in Statterfeild Hollow and 1 mile on the Bee Bluff Trail.
  • 45 volunteers worked 8 days in the Pioneer Forest -- 12 workers each day. 570+ hours of trail work were completed and over 20 miles of trail were maintained.

The Sierra Club wants to thank the staff at Current River State Park, also the staff at Johnson Shut-Ins State Park and the Pioneer Forest for all their support.  Watch the EMG Outings Listings for future opportunities to join the trail crew. 

Oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a dangerous trade deal proposal that threatens the ability of signatories to protect its natural environment. Let your congressman know that the United States should not sign. Read this article by Ginger Harris to learn more. You can also read the position of the national Sierra Club here.

Water Quality Monitoring in Fox Creek    
Help us test the water in Fox Creek near Eureka on Saturday, December 14, 2013 to see how clean it is. We will need a few volunteers to help us measure stream flow and do some simple chemical tests. No experience is necessary.  We meet in the morning and are done with the testing around noon.  Contact either Leslie Lihou at (314) 426-2140 or Jim Rhodes at (314) 821-7758. 


Green Time TV

Green Time
appears in four Missouri areas.  See the webpage at greentime.tv.  In the St. Louis area it airs 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:
 

December 7, 9: “Global Health Care: Africa”  Poor African countries are not able to afford a US model of health care, which is both enormously expensive and environmentally destructive.  But primary and preventive health care is highly effective at reducing disease.  Zaki Baruti discusses health care challenges to countries like Gambia, which is implementing the Cuban model.

December 14 & 16: “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. 

December 21 & 23: “The Brain Drain on Global Health;” Zaki Baruti and Dr. Daniel Hellinger discuss how impoverished communities of Africa and Latin America watch their doctors leave to practice medicine in rich countries. 

December 28 & 30: “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. 

December 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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