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My Birthday Earth Day Wish

Today is several things to many people, National Jelly Bean Day, Bettie Page’s birthday, and 31 years ago at 8:26 p.m. in a military hospital in Myrtle Beach, SC I came kicking and screaming into this world. But more important than any present I could ask for or any bottle I can open to celebrate, it is Earth Day. Founded in 1970 as an environmental teach-in with a few thousand participating; it has become the largest secular holiday in the world, with more than 1 billion people in 192 countries expected to celebrate and participate.

So when I close my eyes and blow out the bonfire of candles on my birthday cake to make a wish, it will involve consumers making more conscious decisions and policy makers protecting our one and only home for generations to come and not to continuing to support dirty energy that has led us to our current climate crisis. This is more than a day to acknowledge our beautiful Mother Earth, more than planting a tree, picking up litter, recycling a beer can or bottle from my birthday celebration. This is a day to change our minds and lifestyles, to think outside the barrel, to punish those who profit from pollution. It should be so much more than a day, a week, or month. Considering the Earth, respecting her, not taking resources for granted to make it easy on ourselves, taking a hike without seeing litter, not being crowded out by gas guzzling behemoths on the roadway, or larger than necessary houses built on top of each other filled to the brim with things we don’t need, powered by dirty energy which irritates my allergies and asthma, giving back to our Mother Earth; this is my wish. Please make my wish come true.

Thank you and Happy Earth Day

-Mike R.

-Sierra Club Intern

 

Celebrate Earth Day

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Texas constitutes 0.004% of the Earth’s surface

Earth Day events happening around Texas…

Austin
Austin Earth Day Festival
Saturday, April 20th, 12pm-7pm
Browning Hangar at Mueller Park
4550 Mueller Central Dr., Austin, TX 78723
http://www.earthdayaustin.com

Beaumont/Port Arthur/Orange
2013 Trail Between the Lakes Hike
April 19th , 20th, & 21st
www.texas.sierraclub.org/triangle/pages/trail.html
Phil Rogers – philarogers@gmail.com – 409-543-4616
Bruce Walker – bwalker@gt.rr.com – 409-782-3486

Belton
Earth Day Festival Belton
April 13, 9 am – 5 pm
Organized by AWARE Central Texas and
Belton Chamber of Commerce
Contact: Linda Griffith or Richard Paul Thomas at (254) 947-4717 or via email to linda@tbcinternational.com orrichard@tbcinternational.com.http://www.beltonearthday.com

Brazos Valley
Brazos Valley Earth Day
April 20, 2013
11 am – 7 pm
Wolf Pen Creek
Organized by The Brazos Valley Earth Day Committee
http://www.brazosvalleyearthday.com

Corpus Christi
Earth Day Bay Day
Saturday, April 13th, 10am to 5pm
Heritage Park
1581 N Chaparral St, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Sierra Club Contact:
Lois Huff, huffs@the-i.net, 361-774-1500
http://www.facebook.com/events/426674934068213/

Dallas
Earth Day Dallas
April 20-21, 10 am – 6 pm
Fair Park
Organized by Earth Day Dallas (EDD)
http://www.earthdaydallas.org

Edinburg
The City of Edinburg Earth/Arbor Day Festival
Saturday, April 27th, 9am to 1pm
Edinburg World Birding Center
Includes a 1 mile family walk and a ‘Bicycle Rodeo’
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=496129070453227&set=a.136022163130588.26197.135992229800248&type=1&theater

El Paso
El Paso’s Earth Day
Saturday, April 20, 9 am – 1 pm
Union Plaza District
Organized by City of El Paso
Environmental Services Department
home.elpasotexas.gov/environmental-services/documents/El%20Pasos%20Earth%20Day%202013%20Invitation%20for%20Exhibitors-Vendors.pdf
http://www.downtownelpaso.com/el-pasos-earth-day-celebration-2013/

Houston
Earth Day Houston
April 14, 11 am – 5 pm
Discovery Green
Organized by Air Alliance Houston
http://www.earthdayhouston.org

McAllen
Vida Verde Earth Day Festival
April 20, 9 am – 4 pm
Quinta Mazatlan
Organized by City of McAllen
http://www.quintamazatlan.com/events/special/vidaverde.aspx

San Antonio
April 18: “Earth Day” NW Vista College (9 A.M. – 1 P.M.)
April 22: “Earth Day” San Antonio College (10 A.M. – 2 P.M.)
April 23: “EarthFest” UTSA 1604 (11 A.M. – 2 P.M.)
Contact Gay Wright at alamo.sierra@yahoo.com or(210) 362-1984.

Earth Day San Antonio
April 20, 2013
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Woodlawn Lake
Organized by Build San Antonio Green
http://www.heb.com/page/about-us/community/events/san-antonio/earth-day-2013

Texoma
Texoma Earth Day Festival
April 20, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Municipal Ballroom and Grounds
Sherman, TX
http://www.earthdaytexoma.org

Make History on Earth Day

Less than a month away is everyone’s favorite holiday, Earth Day! And we at Sierra Club thought, what better way to celebrate than to get together with all of our friends, allies and supporters?! That’s why we are going to be launching a festival on Sunday, April 22nd from Noon til 6pm at the Mueller Park. Join us that day, along with the City of Austin and the Texas Green Network as we celebrate what brightens all of our days, The Earth!

Not only are we going to be having a blast, but we’ll be making history as well. The Austin Beyond Coal campaign will be shooting a gigantic group, aerial photo that day where our volunteers help us spell out the words “Beyond Coal”! This will mark the largest project nationwide for the Beyond Coal campaign and we need your help! If you want  to be a part of this monumental occasion, be at the park by 3:30 so we can get you into formation for the letters.

We will also have an A-list of excellent speakers throughout the day, including Mayor of Austin Lee Leffingwell, and Native Texan/activist/populist/columnist/cowboy-hat-enthusiast Jim Hightower. Hightower has been fighting for the Earth and the people who inhabit it for over 40 years.

The Festival will also include:

After the aerial photo, Za Boom Ba will be kicking the evening off with a huge interactive drum circle with room for 500 drummers!

This is certainly an event you won’t want to miss. And definitely make sure to bring all your friends and family at 3:30 to be apart of our history-making Beyond Coal photo! We’ll see you on Earth Day!

What? You didn’t! Part II

Yesterday, the Texas State House of Representatives voted on third reading for House Bill 2694 that, if it passes the Senate, would continue the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  96 numb Representatives — all but one Republicans,  voted for an amendment that Panhandle Rep. Warren Chisum attached to the bill.  Chisum’s amendment removes citizen’s rights to contested case hearings by placing the burden of proof on the citizens as opposed to big industry.

Ken Kramer, Director of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club commented,

The House floor action on the TCEQ sunset bill Wednesday was a historic low point in legislative activity on environmental issues. It represents a failure of the majority of state representatives to protect both public health and the rights of their constituents to a clean environment.

Here’s the record vote on the Chisum Amendment.  You can scan this list to see how your legislator voted, and phone your representative to either thank them or ask them to clean up their act.

Dallas Rep. Rafael Anchia made a valiant effort to strip the Chisum amendment from HB 2694 and protect citizens’ rights to a fair, contested case hearing.  David Weinberg with the Texas League of Conservation Voters considered the floor debate on the Anchia amendment to be, “some of the most compelling arguments of this Session.”

Here’s the record vote on the Anchia amendment.  Again, you can check out how your Legislator voted and give them a call.

Ken concluded —

The TCEQ sunset bill as filed in the House represented a balanced piece of legislation that reflected the recommendations of the Texas Sunset Commission after a thorough and careful review of the state’s major environmental regulatory agency. Key amendments to the bill on the House floor today have undermined that balance and have given polluters the best present they could have asked for to celebrate Earth Day later this week. The most egregious changes in the TCEQ bill were those that undercut or in some cases eliminate the rights of Texans to contest proposed pollution control permits that pose a threat to their communities and their families.

There is hope that the bill as it moves to the Senate will be cleaned up to make it the balanced legislation it started out to be. If the TCEQ sunset bill isn’t cleaned up in the Senate, neither will the state of Texas be cleaned up.

Posted by Donna Hoffman, 04-21-2011

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Have Fun on Earth Day: Support Austin Businesses & Your Favorite Green Groups!

Earth Day is almost here, and Austinites can celebrate it right during the second annual Give Five Percent Back to Mother Earth Event.  As a way of paying tribute to the mother earth, various businesses throughout Austin are committing 5% of gross sales on Earth Day to environmental non-profit organizations who dedicate time and energy to preserve the wellbeing of our planet.  The Sierra Club is just one of six beneficiaries, which include Hill Country Conservancy, Friends of Barton Springs Pool, Texas Land Conservancy, Tree Folks, and Clean Water Fund.

To show support for Earth Day, Friday April 22, Austinites are encouraged to eat and shop at these local businesses where 5% of purchases will go to the listed regional non-profits.  Amy’s Ice Cream, Alamo Draft House, Wheatsville Co-op, and Book People are among the 43 businesses who have joined together in this campaign.  So make it a point to have fun this Earth Day– go out to support our local businesses and make a significant impact!  For more information concerning the event including the list participating businesses, please visit the site!

– Tyra Ismail, Sierra Club Intern

Merry Earth Day! Handy Resources for YOU!

Earth Day is Friday, April 22.  Great stewards of the planet that we are, we like to celebrate it all month, eh?  If you have tabling events planned and want some materials or if you just want to learn more, download these EARTH DAY MATERIALS.  You can print these (in color?) for distributing at your tables.

Sierra Club Membership forms (3 per page) that you can print, cut, collect and mail with new members’ checks or credit card info.

Sierra Club’s Featured Earth Day ACTION — Gather comments on the EPA new proposed Mercury and Air Toxics rule.  Here are the postcards (2 per page, double-sided, color — need to cut them.) for the EPA Mercury and Air Toxics rule.  Please gather signatures at your Earth Day events and return these signed Mercury Postcards to:  Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, P.O. Box 1931, Austin, TX  78767.  Thank you!

Fine and fancy fact sheet GET THE FACTS: MERCURY IS TOXIC. COAL PLANTS EMIT MERCURY POLLUTION

Fish Guide that shows which types of fish have the most mercury in them.
A Poster for backdrop display.

MORE EARTH DAY MATERIALS OPTIONS FOR YOUR TABLES

Texas Clean Energy Future is Now fact sheet.
Texas Living Waters Municipal Water Conservation fact sheet.
Global Warming and the Lone Star State
(kind of long EDF publication at 24 pages)
Outings Posters — Outings are the most frequent way that people become interested in Sierra Club!
State Capitol Report on Luminant coal plants.

The Verdict is In on Nuclear Power:  Dirty, Dangerous, Expensive fact sheet.

If you have a laptop at your tabling event, you can show off Sierra Club communications!  Please bookmark and use these:
YOUR LOCAL GROUP WEBSITE URL HERE!
http://texas.sierraclub.org/
https://texasgreenreport.wordpress.com/
http://www.facebook.com/#!/TexasSierraClub
http://twitter.com/texassierraclub

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