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The Sierra Club is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, with over 700,000 members nationwide. These individuals are using grassroots activism and community action to protect America's environment, for our families, for our future.

We are part of the Florida Chapter of the National Sierra Club.  Our group, the Central Florida Sierra Club, comprises over 2,100 members in Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola Counties.   Our goal is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth.  We now invite you to explore and enjoy our web presence.  Thanks for visiting!

~ Marjorie Holt, Executive Committee Chairman
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February 2014 News and Events

In This Issue: 

 

  • MONTHLY MEETING PROGRAM: Jim Howe and Carolina Griffith discuss the TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 
  • OUTINGS LEADERS WANTED: Sierra Club Outings Leader Training
  • ACTION NEEDED:
    • Community Meeting to Discuss Helping Save Ecologically Diverse Lands in East Orange County
    • Save Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
    • CALL TO ACTION: WE WANT CLEAN WATER! Rally to Tally
  • UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:
    • Orlando Wetlands Festival
    • Film Screening and Panel Conversation, “The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee”

 

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Floridians' Clean Water Declaration Campaign

 

Many clean water advocates participated with the Sierra Club  at the Floridians, Clean Water Campaign kick off press event at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Headquarters in Orlando on Wednesday, December 12th. 

Join the campaign for clean, abundant water for us, our children, and the environment that sustains us by signing the Floridians' Clean Water Declaration.

To sign onto the online Declaration click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/FCWDcampaign 

 
FLUSH THE TPP PROTEST AT LAKE EOLA

Marjorie Holt, Chair

Demand Fair Trade - On behalf of the Central Florida Group, I am inviting local Sierrans to join us Tuesday evening, August 27th at 6:30, Lake Eola, as we light the night with the Orlando Light Brigade to protest against the secretive trade agreement with the U.S. and Pacific Rim member nations.

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THE LIGHT BRIGADE ILLUMINATES THE NIGHT: FLUSH THE TPP PROTEST AT LAKE EOLA
August 27, 2013 CONTACT: Richard Hillwig 407-591-7690
Orlando, fl– Activist from labor, fair trade, environmental and the general community will hold a light brigade protest. Using giant boards with LED lights, the message “Flush the TPP” will be spelled out around Lake Eola on Tuesday, Aug. 27th, to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a secretive trade deal that threatens to worsen a global race to the bottom for wages, consumer safety, health care and environmental standards.

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Trans Pacific Partnership(TPP) Secretive Trade Pact

 

Read about Sierra Club Trade Representative, Ilana Solomon's update on the secretive negotiations of the TPP currently being held in the tiny Southeast Asian island of Brunei.

 

 

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PACIFIC RIM TRADE TALKS MAY BECOME EVEN MORE SECRETIVE
Brunei is a tiny, remote country in Southeast Asia with a population smaller than that of Washington, D.C. It's also the location of the current round of trade talks between the United States and eleven other Pacific Rim nations.

Who could think of a better place to hold a round of secretive trade talks? And the timing is opportune, too. Held at the end of August, when many - at least in the United States - are away on summer vacation, these trade talks will remain lurking in the shadows, capturing little media or public attention.

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July - August, 2013 Newsletter is Available


The Sierran Newsletter for July-August 2013 is available now!

Download the PDF (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) Here.

In the National Lakes Appreciation Month Issue:

  • Got Slime?
  • Florida’s Water and Land Legacy Campaign
  • Paved Paradise? The Scale of The Problem
  • Get the Facts About Mulch
  • Bee a Good Neighbor
  • Sunblock/Suncreen is Killing Coral
  • July is Lake Appreciation Month
  • Programs, Outings, and More!
 
Hands Across the Sand!
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Hands Across the Land (Sand) will take place at 12 noon May 18th at Lake Ivanhoe Park in Orlando Florida. 

This is a world wide event to show of solidarity for clean energy. Everyone is encouraged to wear black.

Our event is sponsored by the Central Florida Surfrider Foundation Chapter and the Central Florida Sierra Club.

Sign up is at 11. At 12 we will hold hands and form a chain around the lake. The message is simple.

Yes to clean energy. No to Fossil Fuels.
 
 
Please wear a black shirt.
  
 
Make sure to check out the links below for more information.
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ST. JOHNS RIVER ALLIANCE CELEBRATES RIVER WITH SPECIALTY PLATE REBATE
plate.jpgPlease help the St. Johns River and its tributaries by buying a new St. Johns River license plate for your car or trailer. During February and March, the St. Johns River Alliance (SJRA) will rebate the $25 surcharge for purchases of new plates. The license plate brings increased visibility to the St. Johns River which is one of Florida's most important ecosystems and affects millions of Floridians.  Tags are available through your tax collector's office or at www.EZTagFL.com.  The SJRA is a not-for-profit coalition of the 12 counties along the river, plus related agencies, business and civic groups, that protects, promotes and preserves the St. Johns River.  Visit www.stjohnsriveralliance.com  for more information.
 
2013_02 Newsletter January - February

The January-February 2013 Newsletter is here!

CLICK to view the PDF.

 

 In the Conservation Issue: 

 

  • Conservation Update
  • Meet the New 2013 Sierra Club Group
  • URGENT MEETING
  • Fight Slime with Sierra
  • EPA Admin Lisa Jackson Stepped Down
  • Join Lake Watch
  • District Lands Update
  • Programs, Outings and More! 

 

 
Orange County Celebrates Florida Arbor Day

Orange County has been awared the designation of  “Tree City USA" and will be planting a native to celebrate Arbor Day.

ORANGE COUNTY CELEBRATES FLORIDA ARBOR DAY 

Orange County, FL – On Tuesday, January 15 at 8:30 a.m., Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) will observe Florida Arbor Day by planting a native tree in the Florida Friendly Landscaping™ Demonstration Garden located outside the County Administration Center (corner of Jackson Street & Rosalind Avenue). After the brief ceremony, the BCC will proclaim Friday, January 18, 2013 as Florida Arbor Day in Orange County.

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JOIN THE FUNDRAISING TEAM
Join the Fundraising Chair help build the Central Florida Chapter Sierra Club Fundraising Committee.
We are looking to have a great 2013 by putting together social events, selling merchandise, and seeking gifts and grants from individuals and foundations for the Chapter. By joining you will be an integral part of working together with all sections of the Chapter to provide the funds necessary to achieve the Sierra Club mission and the Chapter’s goals. For more information please contact Josephine Balzac at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Now that the best weather of the year as arrived in Central Florida, Sierra Club is invited to several different events. We need volunteers to help “table”—we pair you up with an active Sierra member and you help pass out Sierra newsletters, tell them when we meet, invite them on outings and just put a face to the group. If you can help out with any of these events, please contact Mary-Slater at 407-481-4398 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

  • January 26Blue Springs Manatee Festival
  • February 16: Orlando Wetland Festival
  • March 9: Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza

 

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