April 18, 2014

Stop Fracking Speakers Training–Sunday, April 13

Sunday, April 13, noon to 3:30 pm, Sierra Club Bay Chapter Office, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley.stop-fracking

Always wanted to speak about fracking and why we should stop it, but get tongue-tied in front of a crowd? If you live in the greater Bay Area, please join the Stop Fracking Speakers Training.

At the training you will have 20 minutes to do a presentation, and you will receive feedback and critique. If you want to do a slide presentation with your talk, we will send you a Dropbox link to download a Stop Fracking Powerpoint presentation and you are welcome to use any of its slides or create your own. You will need to prepare your presentation before the day of the training and to practice at home so you can bring it in within 20 minutes. Judy Pope of 350 Bay Area and a Sierra Club member, who has been a speakers trainer for decades, will be our trainer.

Please RSVP to Lora JoFoo, co-chair of the Sierra Club Bay Chapter Don’t Frack California team, at ljfoo94546@yahoo.com or (510)282-9454.

Bike to Work Day 2014–Thursday, May 8

BTWD14_BannerThursday, May 8.

Take part in the San Francisco Bay Area’s 20th annual Bike to Work Day, a part of National Bike Month.

“Energizer stations” will be located along commute routes, where bicyclists can stop for refreshments, giveaways, and bicycling information or simply to be ‘cheered on’ by fellow participants. Energizer stations will be open during morning commute hours and some will even re-open during the evening commute.

More than one million Bay Area residents live within five miles of their workplace, an ideal distance for bicycling. The work commute only represents 23% of all trips; you also may be able to bike to shop, to school, for errands, and for social events. In a world concerned with climate change, pollution, congestion, and wasted time, the question should really be: why not bike to work? We expect hundreds of thousands of people to bike to work in the Bay Area, with many being first time bike commuters. Will you be one of us?


For more details about energizer-station locations, sponsorships, Bike to Work Week activities, and Bike to Work Day “after-parties”, see:

Alameda, Contra Costa: www.ebbc.org/btwd

Marin: www.marinbike.org/Events/BTWD/Index.shtml

San Francisco: www.sfbike.org/?btwd

Come to retirement party for Yodeler editor–Thursday, April 3

Yodeler proofreader Anne Feldman at the Chapter Office, with editor Don Forman. Photo by Lydia Gans.

Yodeler proofreader Anne Feldman at the Chapter Office, with editor Don Forman. Photo by Lydia Gans.

Thursday, April 3, 5 – 8 pm, Bachee­so’s Restaurant, 2650 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley.

Yodeler editor Don Forman will be retiring in April, after almost 22 years on the job. Come to a retirement party to wish him farewell.

“Dirty Energy/Clean Solutions” Conference–Friday – Sunday, May 9 – 11

350BA_ClimateCon2014_LogoWeb 300x389Friday – Sunday, May 9 – 11—7 pm Friday (San Francisco)—“Visions of a Clean Energy Future”; Saturday (East Bay)—main conference with panels on various topics; Sunday (East Bay)—interactive breakout sessions.

This is a conference to educate and connect grassroots activists with leaders in the various areas of climate work, co-sponsored by the Sierra Club Bay Chapter along with 350 Bay Area, the Sunflower Alliance, and the Center for Biological Diversity.

Friday’s keynote address will feature Stanford University Professor Mark Jacobson. Jacobson has appeared on national TV (David Letter­man) with his science-based plans to convert America’s energy infrastructure to 100% solar, water, and wind by 2050. Other speakers will be announced.

Saturday will open with an address by fossil-fuel-industry expert Richard Heinberg, followed by panels on refineries/dirty-fuel transport,  fracking, clean energy, and action strategies for moving forward.

Sunday’s action-oriented breakout sessions on crude by rail, refineries, fracking, and community resilience will include training on strategies such as policy/legislative/regulatory approaches, local actions/initiatives/bans/resolutions, and direct action.

Connect with the broader climate movement; learn; share your passion, your message, and your experience; and learn from others.

For more details see www.350bayarea.org/climatecon2014.

Celebrate on the Mountain–Sat. and Sun, April 26 and 27, Mount Diablo State Park.

Mount Diablo Celebration 300 x 89Sat. and Sun, April 26 and 27, Mount Diablo State Park.

The Sierra Club Bay Chapter will be among over 40 organizations with booths at the 150th-anniversary commemoration of the California State Parks and the 40th anniversary of the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association.

Enjoy hikes, demonstrations, and all things Mount Diablo:

  • hike with a nature photographer and learn secrets to capturing the stunning landscape;
  • learn about the Mitchell Creek Restoration Project and see the work in progress;
  • tour the Native Plant Garden and see what’s in bloom;
  • meet a park ranger and learn what it’s like to work in the park;
  • see distant galaxies from telescopes near the Summit;
  • check out a volunteer trail crew rebuilding a fire-scorched trail, and join them!

Events are happening all over the park. For a list of times and locations, see MDIA.org closer to the date.

To volunteer to help staff the Sierra Club booth, contact Jess Dervin-Ackerman at jess@sfbaysc.org or (510)848-0800, ext. 304.

“Rebels With A Cause: How a Battle Over Land Changed the American Landscape Forever” — Friday, April 25, and Sunday, April 27

Amy Meyer, one of the local activists featured in “Rebel With a Cause” and speaker at our San Francisco showing of the film.

Amy Meyer, one of the local activists featured in “Rebel With a Cause” and speaker at our San Francisco showing of the film.

Friday, April 25, 7 pm, in the lounge of the Etta building at 1285 Sutter Street (at Van Ness) in San Francisco.

Sunday, April 27, Marin Headlands Center for the Arts at 944 Simmonds Road in Sausalito (part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area).

The Bay Chapter is presenting two screenings of “Rebels With A Cause: How a Battle Over Land Changed the American Landscape Forever”, a stunningly beautiful documentary about the battle that saved a key portion of the Marin coast from development and led to the creation of the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. These events will be fundraisers for the Sierra Club Bay Chapter.

Speaking at the San Francisco event will be Amy Meyer, co-chair of People for a Golden Gate National Recreation Area and author of New Guar­dians of the Golden Gate: How America Got a Great National Park. Amy is one of numerous local activists featured in the film. Suggested donation: $10.

In addition to a screening of the film, the Marin event will feature a hike with a stop at the part of the Headlands that would have been Marin­cello, a failed gated-community development (a story­line featured in the film). A reception will follow the hike. $75 per person, $50 for students and seniors. For more details (including time) when announced, see www.headlands.org.

For more information, or to RSVP for the San Francisco event, email lauren.wertz@sierraclub.org or (510)848-0800, ext. 321. For tickets for the Marin Headlands event, click on the button below:


“A Journey through the Sahara, from Togo to Tunisia” with Sigrid Selle — San Francisco Dinners — Thursday, April 17

Outskirts of Timbuktu in Mali. Photo by Sigrid Selle.

Outskirts of Timbuktu in Mali. Photo by Sigrid Selle.

Thursday, April 17, social hour—6 pm, dinner—7:00, program—8:00, City Forest Lodge, 254 Laguna Honda Boulevard, San Francisco, across from Laguna Honda Hospital and downhill from Forest Hill station; take Muni K, L, M, or 43. No sidewalk parking please: come early for street parking, or park next door at the Forest Hill Christian Church lot, 250 Laguna Honda Boulevard, for $1.50 per car, payable at the Lodge check-in.

World traveler and intrepid hiker Sigrid Selle began her journey through the Saraha in Lome, Togo, exiting in Tunisia. The highlights in Mali were the Dogon country, walking along the Bandiagara escarpment, admiring the famous mosque in Djenne and experiencing its colorful market, followed by the mysterious Timbuctoo. In Algeria, Sigrid and her group had a chance to visit the impressive Hoggar mountains that dominate the desert landscape with an altitude of up to 3,000 meters, where they visited the mountain refuge of Pere de Foucould at Assekrem. Sigrid would not have missed these seven adventurous weeks for anything, and never regretted quitting her job for this unique experience.

Send a check for $16.50 made out to “Sierra Club, S.F. Bay Chapter” to:

Gerry Souzis
1801 California St., #405
San Francisco, CA 94109.

Checks must be received by Friday, April 11, 2014. Please send a separate check for each program, and indicate the program date, number of guests and your phone number. Non-members are welcome. Bring your own wine or soft drinks. Glasses and ice are available. Let us know if you are a vegetarian. Questions? Contact Gerry between 4 and 9 pm at (415)474-4440 (no morning calls) or gsouzis@hotmail.com.

Delta Group — Wednesday, May 28 — “Pacific Flyway in the Delta and Central Valley” (rescheduled from Feb. 26)

birds--millions cropped 300x221Wednesday, May 28, 7:15 pm, Antioch Library, 501 West 18th Street, Antioch.

At the Delta Group’s May meeting, speaker Mike Moran will tell us about California’s great annual fall and winter bird migration on the Pacific Flyway.

He’ll tell us how the migration has been impacted by, and impacts, human behavior here on earth. We’ll share how avian biology, hydrology, water policy, land use, conservation, and restoration all converge in the Central Valley and Delta. We’ll take a look at where we are now, and how all these factors connect to the future for the Pacific Flyway’s fascinating bird travelers.

Mike is supervising naturalist at Big Break visitor center in the Delta in Oakley. He has been a naturalist for over 25 years, with the East Bay Regional Park District for 19 years, and earlier with the National Park Service, California State Parks, and other park agencies. Mike’s specialties include California water, birds, and local history.

Delta Group program meetings are usually held in February, May, September, and November. A newsletter listing Delta Group programs, outings, and activities is available by sending a check for $5, payable to “Sierra Club, Delta Group”, to:

Janess Hanson
431 Levee Road
Bay Point, CA 94565.

For information about Delta Group activities, call Janess Hanson at (925)458-0860. For information about Delta area environmental concerns, call Tim Donahue at (925)754-8801.

Volunteers needed for Earth Day

On Sat., April 26, the Delta Group needs volunteers to help staff a Sierra Club information table at the John Muir Earth Day/birthday celebration at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez. There will be free admission to the historic Muir home and orchards, open 10 am – 4 pm, with environmental exhibits, food, music, and entertainment throughout the day. To get there, take I-80 or Highway 24/I-680 to the Highway 4, Martinez, Alhambra Avenue exit. The historic site is at 4202 Alhambra Ave., just north of Highway 4. If you can help, please contact Janess Hanson at (925)458-0860.

Upcoming hikes and activities

For details, see Chapter Calendar.

Sat., April 5, Earth Day work party, Fredrickson Lane, Contra Loma Park, Antioch.

Sat., April 12, Mitchell Canyon, Mount Diablo State Park, Clayton, 1A wildflower walk.

Sun., May 4, Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline, Crockett, 1A walk.

SB 1132 would halt fracking in California

Anti-fracking protest.

Anti-fracking protest.

Update (April 8, 2014): SB 1132 passed today in the Senate Natural Resources Committee. It was a tough fight, but the bill is alive. Next up is the Environmental Quality Committee on April 30.

Frightening risks from fracking and well stimulation have been coming to light, including permanently contaminated water, air pollution, and public-health problems. Meanwhile, the stage has been set to allow fracking to expand exponentially both on land and offshore in California.

A bill has been introduced in the state Senate that will halt this dangerous activity.

Senate Bill 1132 by Sens. Holly Mitchell and Mark Leno would establish a moratorium that could be lifted only after completion of extensive studies of the dangers of fracking and other forms of well stimulation, including economic costs, effects on private property and land use, and risks to worker safety. A panel would have to determine if existing regulations and laws can protect against fracking’s negative impacts. The governor must use the study outcome to determine whether to lift the moratorium on fracking and well stimulation.

We need to put public safety first. Lax oversight allowed asbestos to kill more than 100,000 Americans even though industry officials had known of the chronic health dangers since the 1930s. Let’s not repeat the mistake with fracking.


Write to your state legislators today at:

State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814.

or find their e-mail addresses at http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov. Urge them to support SB 1132.

To work with our local Sierra Club Bay Chapter’s Don’t Frack California team, come to its monthly meetings on Mon., April 7, and Tue., May 13. Come also to the Bay Area Climate Conference: Renewables vs Extreme Extraction on Fri. – Sat., May 9 – 10.  For details on these, see the Chapter Calendar starting on page A. You can also contact team chairs Lora Jo Foo and Aria Cahir at dontfrackcal@gmail.com or (510)282-9454 (Lora Jo).

Earth Day Climate Action March–Saturday April 19

Earty Day SF-Action-logo 300x218Saturday April 19, 11:30 am, Justin Hermann Plaza (at Embarcadero BART), San Francisco.

Each Earth Day, EarthDaySF.org holds a fair at Civic Center. This year the theme is A Call to Action, and a host of environmental groups will march down Market Street from Justin Hermann Plaza to UN Plaza (near the Civic Center). There we will rally at 1 pm for action against climate change and environmental injustice.

We need volunteers!

To help with planning:

  • coordinating or training volunteers;
  • coordinating logistics;
  • putting up posters in your area

contact John Anderson at p8ton.anderson@gmail.com.

To help at the march and rally:

  • as a monitor;
  • handing out flyers;
  • taking photos

sign up at www.350bayarea.org/earth_day_action_parade_2014_volunteers.