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Welcome to the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club
The Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club is 17,000 members strong. We are your friends and neighbors working to build healthy, livable communities, and to conserve and restore our natural environment. Please join us!
Every day, dozens of volunteers are taking action with the Sierra Club in Virginia. From passing out compact fluorescent light bulbs, to speaking out for a cleaner environment, to exploring every nook and cranny of our beautiful Commonwealth, we think globally and act locally. Our work makes a difference in ensuring that we leave our children a living Virginia legacy — clean air, clean water, and natural grandeur.
The minutes are counting down to launch of our totally redesigned State chapter website! Click here for a sneak peek!
Blogging from Copenhagen
Virginia Chapter Director Glen Besa and his wife (and York River group chair and Legislative chair) Tyla Matteson are in Copenhagen for the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Glen is blogging from the conference. His first post, "On the Eve of Copenhagen" is here at Sierra Club's Climate Crossroads blog.
Stop Old Dominion Electric Coop's Mega Coal Plant in Hampton Roads
Even as the rest of Virginia is moving forward toward a clean energy future, the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) is heading backwards by proposing a massive new $6 billion, 1500 megawatt coal plant in Surry County, within the small town of Dendron, located just 18 miles from Williamsburg, Virginia. Click here and learn more about you can help us stop ODEC and this coal plant.
Stop Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining, Attend “Coal Country”
Our kick-off showing of the film "Coal Country was a great success! Recently, more than 400 folks attended the premiere of "Coal Country," a documentary on mountaintop removal coal mining, at the Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg, VA. In addition to showing the film, Kathy Selvage, one of the activists featured in the film, attended and spoke. The evening also featured musical entertainment by Diana Jones.
Look for future "Coal Country" film showings in Richmond, Big Stone Gap, Norfolk, Burke, Charlottesville, and Arlington coming soon! Click here, http://www.virginia.sierraclub.org/coalcountry.html, to learn more, view the movie trailer, join the Facebook fan page, and lots more.
Don't Drill Our Coasts
In the waning days of the Bush administration, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) pushed through a 5-year drilling program which would open the majority of our coasts, to include the entire Atlantic coast, to offshore drilling.
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