Sierra Club Statement on the President's Rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline

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Today (Nov 6, 2015) President Obama said yes to clean energy and public health, and no to dirty oil and dangerous pollution. The Sierra Club is thankful that President Obama has chosen the clean energy promise of prosperity and innovation over the dirty fuels of the 19th century.

“By saying no to the Keystone XL pipeline, the president is demonstrating our nation's leadership on climate action in advance of the international climate negotiations in Paris this December, providing an important boost of momentum. He is also making good on his promise that the nation will leave dirty fossil fuels in the ground, replacing it with clean energy.

"Stopping the Keystone XL pipeline is a victory for the planet, for the health and well-being of the communities along the pipeline route, and for future generations to come. It also demonstrates the power of the millions of people who raised their voices in opposition to the pipeline, and of the growing movement to end our dependence on dirty fossil fuels. Now, instead of building a pipeline that cuts our country in two, we are free to invest in clean energy that creates jobs and brings our country together."

Coastal Issues Update Meeting with Bob Marshall

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Bob Marshall, well known environmental reporter from "The Lens" will be the guest speaker for a joint meeting of the the Tulane Green Club and the New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club on November 8th.

Marshall last addressed the Sierra Club in late 2013 to speak chiefly about the coastal damages lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East. He returns to examine the ongoing palette of issues troubling our coastal region with a lens also upon what is going on in Baton Rouge. Marshall will speak on the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan. We look forward to his reporting expertise on these environmental concerns in Southeast Louisiana.

St. Tammany Parish Household Hazardous Waste Day - Oct 31, 2015

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St. Tammany Parish Department of Environmental Services
P. O. Box 628
Covington, LA 70434
Phone: (985) 898-2535 e-mail: es@stpgov.org

Household Hazardous Waste Day - 2015

Koop Drive (off Hwy 59)
Mandeville, La.
Government Complex Parking Lot
Saturday, October 31, 2015
9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Volunteers are needed to unload personal vehicles bringing household hazardous waste items to the St. Tammany Parish Collection Days, Saturdays, October 31 at Koop Drive, and November 14 in Slidell. Volunteers must be adults or a minimum of Jr. or Sr. High School age, and be able to stay from 8:00 a.m. through closing at 2:00 p.m. Volunteers must be able to lift materials from vehicles and carry them to holding areas.

Let's take full advantage of this great opportunity to work for a clean environment!

Please notify Diane Casteel at sierradiane999@gmail.com, 985-630-2434, no later than October 23, 2015, if you and/or your neighborhood or service club can volunteer.

Voices of St. Tammany Fall Speaker Series

Voices of Saint Tammany host guest speakers this fall on the subject of fracking impacts to communities. Bringing in a number of experts from several disciplines.

October 15, 2015: A Tale of Two Louisiana Shale Communities. Presenter: Dr. Anthony Ladd, Professor of Sociology, Loyola University, 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Mandeville Spitzfadden Center, 3090 East Causeway Approach, Mandeville, LA.

Woodlands Trail Threatened by Development

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For the monthly guest organization/speaker series of talks hosted by the New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club, The Woodlands Conservancy will show a video about their organization and discuss the current controversy of baseball field development on the Woodlands Trail grounds in Plaquemines Parish that threatens to destroy the trail, an important public natural area.

WHERE: Audubon Zoo Dominion Auditorium
DATE: Sunday, October 11, 2015
TIME: 6:30 PM refreshments
7 to 8 PM program

Meetup to Hear About Clean Air and Clean Power for Shreveport

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Let's Take Shreveport Off of Coal Power

People in Northwest Louisiana are invited to a Meetup to hear about clean air
and clean power for Shreveport and what people are doing there for the
climate movement!

Organizer: 350Louisiana.org - Shreveport/Bossier

WHEN: Friday Oct 9th at 7:00 pm
WHERE: 846 Texas Ave, Shreveport, LA

Environmental Forum for Lafayette City-Parish Presidential Candidates

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Acadian Group of the Sierra Club will host an ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM for Candidates for Lafayette City-Parish President on Thursday, Oct 1st. You can go to this link for a list of questions which we have posed to the Candidates: http://acadiansierra.blogspot.com/2015/08/below-are-listed-acadian-group...

Time & Location: 6:30pm; Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the Lafayette Public Library, 301 W. Congress Street in Downtown Lafayette, Louisiana.

Optional RSVP for this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1893278054231019/

Clark Creek Natural Area (Tunica Hills) Hike - Sep 26

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Join the Baton Rouge Group of the Sierra Club for the first in a series of outdoor outings this fall and winter. Members and non-members alike are welcome to tag along for a hike at Clark Creek Natural Area in Mississippi, right across the Louisiana state line. The area is known for its rugged hills and stunning waterfalls.

We'll be hiking the primitive loop trail, which is 4.7 miles through the heart of the hills, offering an up-close and at times secluded view of the several waterfalls that dot the area. The path traverses several rugged hills through a diverse and stunning mixed hardwood and pine forest just a stone's throw from the Mississippi River.

Coasts, Not Coal - RAM Terminal Public Hearing, Sep 17

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The past year and a half has been an amazing experiment in real democracy. Together, the people of southeast Louisiana spoke up and local government listened: we don't want the RAM Coal Export terminal or its dirty coal trains. City and Parish resolutions were passed, Plaquemines Parish denied a construction permit, and a Belle Chasse judge ordered the state permit revoked.

But the RAM Terminal is still at it. It has reapplied for a state permit from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and a public hearing has been scheduled for next week.

The Future of Bicycling in New Orleans - NOLA Group Sept. Meeting - Sep 13

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Bike Easy - The Future of Bicycling in New Orleans

New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club welcomes Dan Favre, Executive Director of Bike Easy, the Greater New Orleans bicycle advocacy organization, to give an overview of the state of bicycling in New Orleans today and the work his organization is doing to build a bright biking future. Along the way he'll cover safety tips for people who bike and people who drive, go over helpful recommendations for bike commuting, and get your feedback about how to make bicycling in the region fun, safe, and easy for everyone.

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