Hosted by the Sierra Student Coalition , environmental fun took place at Morgantown Brew Pub this past Friday, April 10. The Sierra Swing featured live music by The Manor and Friends and a raffle with excellent prizes from local businesses. The best part of the event was supporting an awesome environmental group!
The Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) is a group of high school and college-aged students working to protect the environment. Their mission is
“to train, empower, and organize youth to run effective campaigns that result in tangible environmental victories and that develop leaders for the environmental movement.”
The Monongahela (“Mon”) Group of the West Virginia Chapter of Sierra Club includes members from 5 counties – Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston and Taylor. Their goal is
“to increase awareness of environmental threats and create opportunities for active involvement of all sorts.”
This is executed by an event, a group function, holding volunteer office, leading or joining outings, becoming an activist and lobbying or demonstrating for change.
The SSC and Mon Group are sub groups of the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club loves clean water, fresh air and wild forests. Members of this group work hard to protect the natural resources that they cherish. Some of their issues in West Virginia include:
Water: water is life – keep it clean
Marcellus Gas Drilling and Fracking: Marcellus Academy teaches about Marcellus gas issues, how to become a gas well watcher and organizer in your community.
Energy Efficiency – demonstrates the cheapest and cleanest way to meet our energy needs
Mountaintop Removal and Coal Mining: under the Club’s Environmental Justice Program, organizers work in the coalfield communities of Appalachia. These communities in southern West Virginia are at risk of flooding, local water contamination, destruction from over-weight coal trucks, decreased personal property value from coal dust and living in the shadows of huge coal-sludge impoundments. Researchers have also documented its impact to the health of coalfield residents.
West Virginia Wilderness Coalition: incorporated by the West Virginia Sierra Club, the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and The Wilderness Society, the West Virginia Wilderness Coalition is a proud partner in the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument initiative.
“the movement to preserve one of the Mountain State’s most special wild landscapes, a rich history and an unparalleled cultural heritage.”
Sierra Club’s Statement of Purpose:
“To explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the Earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the Earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.”