Wednesday: Sierra Club and Girl Scouts host documentary screening and discussion
On Wednesday, members of the Sangamon Valley Group of the Sierra Club & Girl Scout Troop 6195 will host a special advanced screening of the documentary film From the Ashes.
Following the film Eco-Justice Collaborative and Prairie Rivers Network will participate in a panel discussion on coal ash issues here in Springfield.
Laurel United Methodist Church
631 S Grand Ave W, Springfield, IL
When: Wednesday June 21st @ 6pm
“We encourage citizens of Springfield and surrounding communities to become educated about the threats and hazards within our local environment via events such as this and to work together with our local leaders for sensible and timely actions to protect our health, future, environment and economy.” Mr. Scott Gauvin, Chair, Sangamon Valley Group of the Sierra Club.
The Sangamon Valley Group of the Sierra Club along with other local organizations have been raising concerns about the leaching ash ponds at the Dallman coal plant for years. CWLP disposes of coal ash - the waste left behind from burning coal - in unlined ponds at the Dallman coal-fired power plant in Springfield. According to the U.S. EPA, coal ash contains high levels of harmful heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, mercury, and selenium. Coal ash at Dallman is stored in unlined open pits, also known as ash ponds, that leak contaminants into groundwater.
Since the decision by President Trump to vacate the Paris Climate Accord, the Sangamon Valley Group of the Sierra Club has actively been working with the citizens of Springfield to encourage Mayor Langfelder and the City Council to consider signing on to the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda. Since the the decision by President many small and large cities around Illinois (including some in comparable size) have signed on to the agreement.
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We Want You!
Sangamon Valley Group of the Sierra Club Planning Meeting
Saturday, June 24, 2017 10-11am
Illinois Environmental Council 230 Broadway Suite 150 Springfield
The Executive Committee of the local Sierra Club would like to invite Sierra Club members and anyone interested in the activities of the Sierra Club to a short meeting.
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the activities of the local club. We are seeking your input and assistance in planning for the future.
We will discuss issues like outings, program events, political activity and any questions or ideas you might have. We will also discuss opportunities for involvement in the Sierra Club.
For more information please check out the Facebook Event Page.