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Welcome to the Dallas Group of the Sierra Club

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, September 13, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

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David Todd and Jonathan Ogren will introduce their environmental atlas, The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People (Texas A&M Press 2016).  The atlas is a five year effort that resulted in a compilation of some 40 chapters, 300 maps, and 100 images regarding the conservation history of water, land, energy, air quality, and public health in the state.  They also will focus on comments about local topics of special interest to Dallas Metroplex residents.  For more information about the atlas, click here.

Todd has practiced as an environmental attorney, served as executive director of the Conservation History Association of Texas, and was the co-editor of The Texas Legacy Project: Stories of Courage and Conservation (Texas A&M Press 2010).  Ogren, a biologist and geographer, is the founder and principal of Siglo Group, a firm that helps clients integrate natural systems into land planning and design.

Everyone is welcome.  FREE!  You don't have to be a Sierra Club member.  Just show up.  We'd love to meet you.

Our General Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but come at 6:30 for snacks, information and fellowship.  Click over to our General Meeting page for more information and a map.

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Carbon Tax?

Why put a price on carbon and other greenhouse gases?  Carbon-emitting fuels are the main source of energy in the human economy of the world; when we produce energy -- heat or electricity -- we tend to use fuels that are burned and which then emit carbon-based molecules into the atmosphere. We pay the retail price for access to this energy, but we don’t pay for the underlying chemistry, the distortionary impact of pollution costs, or the destabilization of our climate system -- at least not at retail. Those costs are incurred indirectly; in other words, they are paid for outside of the producer's business model, not priced into the retail product or service, and remain generally "hidden" from view.

The idea of "putting a price on carbon" is simple: we add to the cost of doing business in those resources because we want to reveal the hidden costs that no one is taking responsibility for. Getting that price right means making the market tell the truth, and that means ordinary people -- consumers, small businesses, taxpayers -- will recover the market leverage they are supposed to have to determine whether we do something that is too costly or not.

Ricky Bradley will explain a carbon tax; he is the Dallas chapter leader of Citizens' Climate Lobby, an organization laser focused on passing federal legislation to price carbon in a revenue neutral way.

Everyone is welcome.  FREE!  You don't have to be a Sierra Club member.  Just show up.  We'd love to meet you.
Our General Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but come at 6:30 for snacks, information and fellowship.  Click over to our General Meeting page for more information and a map.

Fall Outing at Beavers Bend State Park Oct 14 - 16

Beavers Bend State ParkCelebrate fall and join us for this relaxing event in the beautiful mountainous region of southeast Oklahoma. The weekend is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and stages. Families, couples, singles, all are welcome. We have the group compound all to ourselves, complete with your choice of rustic cabin or tent camping, dining hall with kitchen, optional catered dinner and (drum roll please)... yes, even a bathhouse with hot showers and flush toilets! On Saturday we'll offer various levels of hikes or you can be on your own to enjoy many fun activities offered by the park. Plan an active weekend or hang out on the porch, whichever you would enjoy. Cabin requests are on a first come basis so make your plans now! Click here for more information and required registration forms. Don't wait to sign up. This camp out sells out fast.

Earth, Wind, and Fire Energy Summit

October 22-23 in Addison, Dallas Sierra Club will sponsor our second Earth, Wind, and Fire Energy Summit, an opportunity for businesses, activists, students, homeowners... everyone to learn how energy is produced and how it can be produced and managed sustainably in the future. Register now at EarthWindFireSummit.org

Float the Buffalo River by Land

Buffalo River ORTHave you ever hiked a river?  The Buffalo River in the Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas, protected and managed by the National Park Service since 1974, is a magnet for canoes, kayaks and tubes in the spring.  By late summer and fall, the river level falls, exposing more than twenty fords where the shallow, rock-bottomed river can be crossed, usually without removing boots.  Parallel trails that crisscross the river or ascend its soaring bluffs make this a great destination for extensive hiking.

Choose from four trip itinerary options, with average daily distances of four to ten miles. There are three options for backpacking and an option to base camp at Steel Creek Campground and day hike to multiple destinations. This is a sleeper bus trip, leaving Dallas on a Thursday night, October 27, hiking Friday, Saturday and until late afternoon Sunday, arriving home before sunrise on Monday, Oct. 31, Halloween.  Late October is usually an ideal weekend for fall color in the Buffalo valley. For trip details and information on how to register, click this PDF link.  Don’t delay.  Recent bus trips have filled weeks before departure.  

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, November 8, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Hilites from Iceland, Patagonia, and Storm Chasing

Dan Leffel, photographer extraordinaire, will cover 3 of his latest photography trips: to Iceland in winter, Patagonia in their fall, and storm chasing on the high plains this past spring.  From the Iceland trip Dan will share unique images of the northern lights, which he photographed on 6 different occasions during 11 days in the country.  His Patagonia images will include treks made in both Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine.  His storm chasing images will include stories of the 12 tornadoes he photographed over a span of just 4 days - a very active weather period this past May.  He was able to capture an image with 3 tornadoes on the ground at the same time, a rare occurrence.  There will be ample time to ask questions regarding any of the other places Dan has travelled, or about his presentation.

Dan has photographed all seven continents; rafted the Grand Canyon twice; spent a great deal of time in the four corners area of the US, as well as Alaska and New England; hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; safaried to Namibia and Zimbabwe; photographed Iceland, Cuba, India, Japan, Patagonia, Nepal, Bhutan, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Greece, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Australia and New Zealand; and traveled throughout North and South America.  His images have won a number of awards, including selection to multiple North America Nature Photographer Association (NANPA) Showcases and Sierra Club competitions.  He spends his summers in the Oregon Cascade mountains, and is committed to helping preserve and share the beauty of nature and indigenous cultures through his photographs.

Everyone is welcome.  FREE!  You don't have to be a Sierra Club member.  Just show up.  We'd love to meet you.
Our General Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but come at 6:30 for snacks, information and fellowship.  Click over to our General Meeting page for more information and a map.

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Sep 7 Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

Sep 10 White Rock Lake Clean-up

Sep 13 Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Sep 17 Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve

Sep 21 Outings Committee Meeting

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