Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club
Environmental Agenda for 2014
"Better Piedmont communities through respect
for the environment."
Resilient Habitats - Preserve native species and ecosystems.
Seek local government recognition of biological resource conservation
areas and establishment of protection programs (including conservation
easements). Organize outings to natural areas. Support efforts to reduce
or eliminate the use of pesticides in natural areas.
Clean Energy Solutions - Promote energy conservation and
efficiency, renewable sources of energy and recycling. Support a state
renewable energy portfolio standard. Oppose new regional nuclear, coal,
and natural gas power plants. Support legislation to restrict mountaintop
Curbing Carbon - Educate the public regarding steps individuals
can take to reduce their carbon footprint. Support local government
commitments to climate and air quality protection programs.
Green Cars, Fuels, and Transportation for the 21st Century
- Encourage alternatives to the single-rider automobile (walking, biking,
carpooling, using public transit). Oppose new roads that will intersect
public parks, damage neighborhoods or create sprawl. Encourage the transfer
of public funds from expensive road building projects to more sustainable
forms of transportation and the maintenance of existing infrastructure.
Support the formation of a regional transportation authority.
Safeguarding Communities - Support the least toxic solutions
for pest management in public and private buildings. Encourage environmentally
friendly lawn care through the use of natural fertilizers, composting,
self-mulching mowers, etc. Educate the public about non-toxic personal
care and cleaning products.
Water Quality - Protect our local drinking water supply
and promote conservation measures. Encourage communities to end fluoridation
and the use of chloramines in their public water supplies. Support riparian
(stream) buffering. Keep the ban on uranium mining in Virginia. Oppose
hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas and oil. Support a responsible
stormwater management program to protect local waterways and the Chesapeake
Local, Healthy Food - Encourage sustainable production
of healthy foods. Educate the public about the advantages of local,
organically grown food. Promote direct marketing of local agricultural
products. Support preservation of farmland in the Piedmont and oppose
policies that discriminate against small farmers.
Sustainability - Promote understanding of sustainable
lifestyles. Support development of a vision for a sustainable and just
Equity - Advocate for equitable treatment of all people
in environmental decision-making. Support creation of affordable housing.
Population - Support study of the limits to human population
growth (including ASAP
study of optimum sustainable population size) and applications of findings
to public decision making. Support land use planning tools that protect
open spaces. Support clustering of residential development in rural
Need to Act - simple steps - Promote public awareness
of the need to act now to curb environmental degradation. Inform the
public of successful actions and programs to protect the environment.
Alert activists about emerging environmental issues. Help elect officials
committed to environmental protection.
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