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Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Written by Deborah

Asheville Citizen Times article March 18 on WENOCA Sierra Club Chair

Judy Mattox, 71, took a winding path to her job as executive committee chair of WENOCA Sierra Club, a chapter of the national Sierra Club, one of the oldest and most politically powerful environmental nonprofits.
She grew up in Oklahoma, earned a degree in English from Northwestern University and taught at schools and at a shelter for runaways. But she also was a farmer, social worker, teacher and actor. She was living and working on her organic farm when she met her future husband, Ken Brame, political chair of the national Sierra Club chapter. The couple moved to Asheville nine years ago.


 
“I got roped in,” Mattox said. But she’s glad to be at the rodeo, her lively description of the Sierra Club’s mission clearly showing her passion for the work. “We do the fun stuff, and we do the really heavy stuff.”
The WENOCA group hosts presentations by environmental experts, leads hikes and nature outings, and also advocates among the public and politicians to affect positive environmental change.
 
“We’re really proud of our work on coal ash. We’re shutting down coal plants, getting coal ash removed, and calling on politicians to take action to prevent climate change and to fund research into climate change and fund the Environmental Protection Agency,” Mattox said. “We’re trying to prevent a third peaking gas power plant from being built in Asheville.”
 
She is also proud of the club’s work on the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest Revision Plan, which will guide management of the two largest forests in the state for the next 15 years.
“The forest is just healing and love and nurturance. We as humans have to have the forest and so it’s important to protect it and to have a good management plan that everyone can live with and keep Congress from privatizing these lands.”
 

Judy Mattox is the chair of the executive committee of the Sierra Club of Western North Carolina. Members of the Sierra Club are all volunteers, and the grassroots organization lobbies for environmental preservation.

Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Written by Deborah

Wed April 5 at 7pm the Sierra Club presents: Hope in the Form of Wind & Solar Energy

Michael Shore will speak about past, present and future of wind and solar energy. Michael was co-founder of First Light Solar in 2006 and is now President of BarberWind Turbines. Learn about the success of renewable energy!

Location Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin place, corner of Charlotte and Edwin.
Contact: Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net, (828) 683-2716
Free and open to the public

Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Written by Deborah

EPA cuts – what it means for NC

20170315 EPA-NC budget report (5) (1)

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Written by Deborah

Friday March 3 at 6:00pm: Community Debate on NC Fracking

Asheville High School auditorium  Second debate in 2016-17 community debate series – Friday, March 3, 6:00 PM

ASHEVILLE: On Friday, March 3, 2017, four local experts on North Carolina’s environment and energy policy will meet in the Asheville High School auditorium to debate the resolution “Fracking should be abolished in the state of North Carolina. The debate will run from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free, and the public is invited.

Speaking on the panel will be Representative John Ager, Senator Jim Davis, and Julie Mayfield (with another speaker to be finalized).

The formally structured debate is sponsored by the Asheville High/SILSA Speech & Debate Team. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of the participants at the end of the debate. Elizabeth Propst, a student at Asheville High School, will serve as moderator, and student members of the Asheville High/SILSA Speech & Debate Team will act as timekeepers. Concessions will be sold at the event, and proceeds will go to the team.

About the Asheville High / SILSA Speech and Debate Team

The Asheville High / SILSA Speech and Debate Team competes in speech and debate tournaments throughout the state and nation. Over the last 8 years, the team is number one overall in the Harvard National Cumulative Rankings for the Congressional Debate event. The goal of the Asheville HIgh / SILSA Speech and Debate Team is to provide a public forum for meaningful, thoughtful, and organized discussion of important community issues in an inclusive and respectful manner.

 

Sunday, February 12th, 2017
Written by Deborah

Call Legislators About Climate Change — Frequently

Our legislators are clear that they rarely get calls asking for intervention regarding Climate Change.  Please note that once a week a tally is reported to the legislators on public generated concerns.  You are not asked for your name or contact information; therefore you can call frequently:
Call our Senators and Congressman and urge them to express their support for science and the work of scientists. Ask them to make sure the EPA has the capacity to conduct, fund, and present research into all environmental issues including climate science.  Public employees and taxpayer-financed studies should not be “gagged” — hidden from the public.
 
Senator Richard Burr: 202-224-3154, 828.350.2437, www.burr.senate.gov/contact/email, 151 Patton Ave, Suite 204, Asheville, NC 28801
 
Senator Thom Tillis: 202-224-6342, 828.693.8750, www.tillis.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-me1-, 9300 Harris Corners Pkwy, #170, Charlotte, NC 28269
 
Rep. Patrick McHenry: 202-225-2576, 828.669.0600, www.mchenryhouse.gov/contact/, 160 Midland Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711
 
Rep. Mark Meadows: 202-225-6401, 828.693.5660, www.meadows.house.gov/ , 285 N. Main St, #1300, Waynesville, NC 28786
 

Oppose Scott Pruitt, Trump’s nominee for Environmetnatal Potection Agency.  Call Sen Burr and Tillis. Pruitt is a radical climate-change denier who has repeatedly sued the EPA to block the Obama administration’s  clear air and climate rules.

Saturday, February 11th, 2017
Written by Deborah

March 1: Sierra Club presents “Preserving a Picturesque America” at 7pm

Scott Varn has been locating hundreds of beautiful sites of America identified by artists of the 1800’s and is describing them in stories, art and photographs, attempting to seek ways to preserve them. Join us for his presentation March 1 at 7:00 pm.

Location Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin place, corner of Charlotte  and Edwin.
Contact: Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net, (828) 683-2716
 Free and open to the public

Saturday, February 11th, 2017
Written by Deborah

Public Land for sale: Chaffetz says no

“US Representative Jason Chaffetz says he no longer wants to sell off public lands in Colorado, and other States.”  The bill, which Chaffetz has introduced before, would have sold off 93,000 acres in Colorado and 3.4 million acres nation wide and put proceeds toward the national debt. Read article here

Saturday, February 11th, 2017
Written by Deborah

Dakota Access Pipeline approved

Politico: “The Trump administration cleared the way for the Dakota Access Pipeline to be be completed, approving an easement for the oil project that had triggered months of protests from Native American tribes and environmentalists.” Read more

Friday, January 27th, 2017
Written by Deborah

Radioactive waste shipments from Canada to South Carolina

Trucks full of liquid high-level radioactive waste may soon be rolling down interstate highways from Canada to South Carolina—unless they’re stopped by a lawsuit that the Sierra Club and six other environmental organizations have filed.

The Department of Energy plans 100 to 150 shipments of more than 6,000 gallons of waste from the Fissile Solution Storage Tank in Chalk River, Ontario, to the DOE’s Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina. The most direct route would pass through New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina to South Carolina. Alternate routes might take the shipments through Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia (or Kentucky), and North Carolina (or Tennessee). Read more.

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
Written by Deborah

Wed Feb 1 Sierra Club Meeting at 7pm: “Grounded Hope for the Climate”

Sierra Club and Drew Jones of Climate Interactive, recently returning from the UN climate summit in Marrakech and before that in Paris, will present “Grounded Hope for the Climate.”  He will use simulations to focus on regional actions to address climate change
 
Location Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin place, corner of Charlotte  and Edwin.
Contact: Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net, (828) 683-2716
 Free and open to the public