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The first Earth Club meeting of the semester will be held today, Tuesday at 5:00 in the McMillan Greenhouse at UNC-Charlotte.  We will be making awesome earth club t-shirts and discussing plans for the upcoming year to see what people want to this year in Earth Club.    We will also be hosting Carly Queen from the National Wildlife Foundation and Campus Ecology.  We hope to see you there.  Keep it green.

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Here are some pictures from the 2008-2009 year of Earth Club.

 

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Earth Club Update

Here are some updates for Earth Club for the summer of 2009.  The niner night SOAR sessions will be starting on Thursday, June 11th  Here are the rest of the dates for the SOAR niner nights:  June 15th, June 17th, June 18th, June 22nd, June 24th, June 29th, July 1st, July 6th, July 8th, July 13th,  and July 15th.   We will be having our first Earth Club meeting of the 2009-2010 year on August 25th at 5 PM in the McMillan Greenhouse.  We hope to see you all around in the fall.

Missoula County Public Schools in Montana has recently declared the online video “The Story of Stuff” to be too controversial for classroom viewing.

According to the Missoulian, Kathleen Kennedy showed her biology class  at Big Sky High School the video last October in order to generate a discussion.  One parent, Mark Zuber, objected to the video and brought his grievance to the school board.  He argued that the video The school board first ruled 4-3 in favor of showing the video, however, they ruled 4-3 on another vote that it was a violation of Missoula County’s academic freedom policy.

The Story of Stuff blog has a drafted letter that you can send to the Missoula County School Board asking them to reconsider their decision. You can write them at publiccomment@mcps.k12.mt.us, and the blog is also asking readers to cc and bcc the Missoulian at newsdesk@missoulian.com.

Post a comment on here if you decide to write, too. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here’s what you can look forward to at the next couple of Earth Club meetings:

February 24th @5pm – Trashformations! Join us as we make arts and crafts using reused and recycled materials! Come ready to create origami creatures, recycled notebooks, and other amazing, recycled art! Some amazing pieces will be showcased at the 2009 Earth Day Festival, of course, you also have the option to take your work home, too.  We’ll meet in the new Recycling modular unit behind the Facilities Management/Police building instead of the Greenhouse for this activity.

March 2nd @5pm – Meet David Jones, the UNC Charlotte Sustainability Coordinator! We’ll be back in the Greenhouse for an awesome presentation.

Join us, and make sure you bring a few friends. There’s enough Earth Love to go around for everyone!

The Earth Club elections for 2008-2009 are in, and here are your officers for next year:

President – Heather Williams
Vice President – Megan Smith
Treasurer – Brock Bowden
Secretary – Catherine Okafor

Congratulations to the officers-elect!

“In a major win for environmentalists, the U.S. EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board handed down a landmark decision on Thursday that essentially puts a freeze on the construction of as many as 100 new coal-fired power plants around the U.S.”

Read the rest of this article here, on Grist.org: Is that a bonanza in your docket?

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