The Quinnehtukqut

September 2018

Here I Am

Here I Am

Samantha Dynowski started the job as your State Director of the CT Chapter Sierra Club on August 3. Since then she has heard from and met many of you. She wants to thank you for the warm welcome and for your passion and dedication to this organization and its mission.

Chapter Chair Update

Chapter Chair Update

Martha Klein gives an update on the Chapter.

Rise Up 2018

Rise Up 2018

Climate change is showing itself in CT with extreme heat, super storms, hurricanes, and more. Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter will demand climate action from our local leaders at Rise Up for Climate, Jobs and Justice Rally and March on Sunday, September 9 beginning at 1 p.m. on the New Haven Green.

Connecticut Politics 2018

Connecticut Politics 2018

What does the Sierra Club look for to endorse a candidate? Both the National and the Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club are looking for strong environmental champions to represent the interests of the environmental community at the national, state and local levels. Those whom we endorse care about social justice and pledge to protect the most vulnerable communities who are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate disruption and pollution.

Save Pachaug Forest

Save Pachaug Forest

Pachaug State Forest is the largest state forest in Connecticut and is part of the National Heritage Corridor. An ill-conceived plan is in the works to build a gun range and facility in Griswold that threatens the peacefulness and nature of this unspoiled track of land.

Gubernatorial Environmental Forum

Gubernatorial Environmental Forum

CT Chapter Sierra Club, along with other Connecticut environmental organizations, held a Gubernatorial Climate Change Forum, hosted by Trinity College in Hartford. Candidates Ned Lamont (D), Joe Ganim (D), Oz Griebel (I) and Ron Hanscomb (L) discussed their opinions and action plans for increasing renewable energy sources, sea level rise, electric vehicles and energy efficiency.

Our Day in Court

Our Day in Court

The date for legal case oral arguments against the state for stealing ratepayers energy efficiency and clean energy funds has been confirmed by the judge. The court date is Thursday, September 13 at the U.S. District Court, 141 Church Street in New Haven at 9am.

Cricket Valley Power Plant Update

Cricket Valley Power Plant Update

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead There has been a gradual turning of the tide in favor of those opposing the construction of Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC), in Dover Plains, New York. The plant, which the EPA classifies as a major source of air pollutants, is a mere five miles from Kent and is upwind of the Connecticut towns of Sherman, New Milford, New Fairfield, Brookfield,

Climate Ride

Climate Ride

The immense feeling of accomplishment lingered with him for days after completing his Independent Challenge on the 2018 Climate Ride from Detroit to Cape Cod. Challenges and temporary setbacks aside, he reached his destination in five days, raising over $8,000 for the CT Chapter Sierra Club! Learn how you can participate in or support a climate ride in the future.

National Drive EV Week

National Drive EV Week

Electric Vehicle (EV) car shows, co-sponsored by the Sierra Club, showcase new EV technology and offer visitors opportunities to see the latest technology and talk to current EV owners. They also give you new information about emerging technology including the increased driving range and the lower lifetime costs.

Return of the Bone Wars

Return of the Bone Wars

Researchers are fighting to save the scientific, cultural and ecological finds still undiscovered in our National Monuments and stay their destruction from the Trump administration’s assault on our national heritage. Unexcavated fossils are at risk in this 200-million-year geological and biological saga.

Book Review

Book Review

In Light of the Stars, Adam Frank uses underreported and under appreciated discoveries of exo-planets (confirmed planets in solar systems other than our own) set against the paradigm setting Fermi’s Paradox and its resulting SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) to construct a rough and detached-but fresh and objective viewpoint-on our predicament here on Earth. In short, he invites us to view ourselves ‘from without.’

Return of the KKK in CT

Return of the KKK in CT

The Sierra Club is one of the leading environmental organizations willing to confront social and racial justice issues. With the disturbing rise of white supremacy terrorist organizations around the country, one of our CT Chapter members is moved to share the history of one such group in our home state.

CT and the Ivory Trade

CT and the Ivory Trade

You may be surprised to learn that the lower Connecticut River Valley was at the center of the industrial development of ivory in the United States. At their peak, the town of Deep River and the village of Ivoryton (the “company town” for an ivory production firm) were processing 90 percent of all the ivory imported into the country. From 1840 to 1940 the United States was the largest consumer of ivory in the world.

Our Inhumane World

Our Inhumane World

Despite the overwhelming opposition to horse slaughter by Americans and their state and local representatives, the National Conference of State Legislatures still holds a pro-horse slaughter policy statement. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act would ban the slaughter of horses domestically, as well as the export of horses to be slaughtered abroad.

Saga of the Clotheslines

Saga of the Clotheslines

Do solar panels completely replace clotheslines? Are they now useless strands of rope in our backyards? Or, have they moved into a new position with new uses? Read on to find the answer.

West Hartford Group Events

West Hartford Group Events

Sierra Club Foundation

Sierra Club Foundation

Sierra Club Foundation Sows Seeds for Growth From little seeds, large acorns grow. Sierra Club Foundation sows the seeds in its Connecticut soil.