Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act at our inaugural 2014 Loma Prietan "Guardians of Nature" Benefit. The event will take place on Saturday Oct 4th from 4-6 PM at Lucie Stern Community Center in Palo Alto.
This fall residents of the Santa Clara Valley have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to protect open space, clean water, wildlife habitat, and create miles of hiking trails for current and future generations to enjoy. Measure Q will ensure the Santa Clara Open Space Authority has the resources it needs and the campaign needs your help to ensure our quality of life.
On Sunday Sept 21st, hundreds of thousands of people will be converging in New York City for the largest climate rally in history - the People's Climate March. This march is the day before the UN starts their conference to prepare for moving toward a climate agreement next year at the 2015 Paris climate summit. There will also be solidarity events all around the world, including right here in the Bay Area with the NorCal People’s Climate Rally in Oakland.
Can San Benito County activists convince enough voters to vote for a ban on fracking throughout a largely rural landscape? Measure J on their November ballot would do exactly that, and members of our chapter’s Fracking Action Committee (FAC) are working hard to support them. Our big educational event is the Global Frackdown, scheduled for October 12, 2014, from 1:00-4:00 PM at Hollister’s Memorial Park. We’ll have speakers, free food, music, and live entertainment – in other words, a really fun rally.
It is not too late to go solar! When you go solar this fall, you get $500 back from CalifoniaFirst, and $750 from Sungevity for a total of $1,250 off! Sungevity also contributes $750 to the Loma Prieta Chapter for every member who gets solar installed It’s good for the planet, good for the Sierra Club, and good for you.
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On August 29th, the California State Senate passed SB 270 with a 22-15 vote to ban single-use plastic grocery bags. If you listened to the debate between Gov. Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari on Sept 4th, you would have heard that Gov. Brown essentially promised to sign the bill by the Sept 30th deadline while Kashkari said that there was “no chance” he would sign the bill. SB270 creates the first statewide plastic bag ban in the United States. The plastic bag industry pulled out all the stops, spending millions of dollars to oppose this bill and previous bag bans to protect their profits.
Local groups collaborated on a vigorous education campaign that ultimately persuaded San Jose city staff and council to adopt greener guidelines for the Diridon Station Area Plan and to promote more affordable housing, public transit and protection of the environment.In case you missed the news over the summer, here’s our June win with the San Jose City Council!
Sierra Club chapter outings– like our members – come in all shapes and types. We take the "Enjoy" in the Sierra Club Motto, "Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Planet" seriously. These activities are a great membership perk and a great way to get to know other members as well as local natural treasures. Whatever your interests or experience level, you can find something to tickle your fancy on our calendar.
I learned this years ago from a fellow Sierra Club hiker who said not to brush off bees or wasps but instead gently blow them away, slowly increasing your wind speed. My bee wrangler said he had never been stung using this method.