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Welcome to the Greater Baltimore Group of the national Sierra Club. The Greater Baltimore Group includes Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Harford County. This site contains local events, outings, and any information dealing with local Sierra Club causes. We focus on local issues, however we do get involved in national campaigns using the information supplied to us by our national organization in San Francisco.


Highlights

September 3, 2013

Earth Day Rap

  • EPA version

  • Meetup Group - (will be discontinued)

    Sierra Club Meetup Group

    NEW!

    Take a look at the new website (under construction)

    Discussions on Linked In
    Click here!

    Here is a new event listing system supplied by the Sierra Club. I'll add more events and outings soon.
    Click here to view activities!

    Or try our new form to submit a new event (under construction)

    Use our new calendar (under construction)


    Take Action - Take Note

    Please read this important article (also published in the Chesapeake) about trail use and the closure (by Baltimore City) of trails in the watershed areas. Trails Summit

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    NASA satellite documents mountain top removal damage: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/
    WorldOfChange/hobet.php?src=features-recent

    Note that the same site has dramatic and sobering documentation of what's happening to Arctic sea ice and the Amazon rain forest as well.

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    Vote to plant trees in Maryland State Parks. Maryland is competing against all 49 other states for $200,000 dollars toward planting trees at State parks. Odwalla will donate a dollar to Maryland for each vote. Votes are limited to one per email address. DNR gets $1 for every vote. Tell everyone -- share with family and friends ! Click here to vote!

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    ACT NOW TO SAVE THE BAY - the development community is lobbying your senator and delegates to weaken Maryland's innovative and critical for our Bay water pollution protections. Why? Because they want to be allowed to continue to pollute our streams, creeks, and rivers without paying the real price of their trade. They want to continue pushing the environmental costs, billions of dollars, off their own balance sheet and onto the taxpayers of Maryland. Contact your Senator and Delegates and tell them that you're through picking up the tab for the development industry, it's time for them to pay their own way, and that it's critical to keep the Stormwater Act of 2007 intact in order to remain tough on water pollution.

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    See environmental bills and the Sierra Club's positions at this new legislative tracker.

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    The Greater Baltimore Group and Young Sierrans now have Facebook pages. You can find the GB group here, and the Young Sierrans here.
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    State Highway Administration threatens Rocks State Park. The State Highway Administration (SHA) proposes to respond to erosion problems in northern Harford County's Deer Creek by blasting the iconic rocks of Rocks State Park in order to move and widen state highway 24. SHA has responded to community outrage by delaying construction. Join the fight: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-The-Rocks/241109564416?v=wall#/pages/Save-The-Rocks/241109564416?ref=ts http://www.scribd.com/doc/24883085/Save-the-Rocks-Flier
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    The Greater Baltimore Group needs a Secretary. There are two positions to fill on the Groupís Ex Com. Contact Chris Yoder if you are interested. chris.yoder@mdsierra.org

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    Check out this report on climate change.
    And this editorial.

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    An important paper by Tom Horton, The Baltimore Sunís long-time environmental reporter and author of several books about the Chesapeake Bay, questions whether Smart Growth, whatever its potential, can enable restoring the Bay to health while Bay area population continues to grow. Mr. Horton says the investment of 25 years and billions of dollars in Bay cleanup has been ďa failure,Ē neither reducing the most important pollutant nor increasing the numbers of the most valued marine life. He provides evidence linking that failure to continued massive growth of the Bay area population.

    Mr. Horton's paper, entitled Growing! Growing! Gone! The Chesapeake Bay and the Myth of Endless Growth and dated August 2008, is on the Website of Baltimoreís Abell Foundation in two versions. The full version is at http://www.abell.org/publications/detail.asp?ID=139 . A condensed version of only 7 pages is at http://www.abell.org/publications/detail.asp?ID=140.

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    Monthly invasive plant removal work parties meet at Cromwell Valley Park in Baltimore County on the 2nd Saturday of each month 9-12. Rain date is the following day, at the same time. Tools and refreshments are provided. For information contact Bill Breakey at breakeys@comcast.net. The park office is at 410-887-2503. or check out the park's website at cvpark@bcpl.net. Volunteers are placed on an email notify list.

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    Visit the website for the Baltimore Inner City Outings: http://www.ico.sierraclub.org/baltimore

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    WE NEED YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESSES! The Sierra Club is most effective when our members show up at community meetings or hearings or contact their elected officials to voice their opinions and advocate for the environment. We can use e-mail to contact you more than the four times a year the newsletter affords us, in order to let you know about upcoming meetings, important legislation, etc. If you want to join this environmental hot-mail, give your e-mail address to Cliff Terry at Cliff.Terry@maryland.sierraclub.org

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    We need contributions for the Greater Baltimore Sierran newsletter. Please contact XxDiTz4LyFxX@aol.com if you have articles, pictures, trip suggestions, or poetry to share.

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    Young Sierrans group was created for people in their 20s and 30s who like to get outdoors and are concerned about our environment. The group holds Young Sierrans Socials every 2nd Thursday of the month at the City Cafe in Mt. Vernon; their monthly outings generally occur on the Saturday that follows the Social. Please visit the group's new website:
    http://maryland.sierraclub.org/baltimore/youngsierrans





     
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