Welcome to the Susquehanna Group
Please join us at one of our outings, meetings, or events. Our monthly meetings are held on the Third Tuesday of the month—except July & August at 7:30 pm at the Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave, Endicott, NY. We sponsor activities to inform Sierra Club members and the general public about local, regional, state, and national environmental issues. The Susquehanna Group covers Broome, Chenango, and Delaware counties, as well as parts of Tioga and Otsego counties, in New York State.
January 19 "Capitalism in the Web of Life: Why Nature Matters and Not (Always) in the Way You Might Think" Jason W. Moore, is Associate Professor of Sociology at Binghamton University, teaching world history and world-ecology. He is coordinator of the World-Ecology Network (https://worldecologynetwork.wordpress.com).
Please note: A potluck dinner and presentation of the 2016 Lynda Spickard Annual Environmental Award will precede the presentation at 6:30 pm. Please bring a vegetarian or local food dish to pass plus a table setting if you wish to attend the dinner. Coffee, tea and water will be provided.
February 16 "Laudato Si, the Pope's Encyclical" Father Tim Taugher is pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Hillcrest. An examination of this momentous work on our "common home" - it covers the Earth's environment with an emphasis on climate change as well as morality and social justice issues. The Pope speaks to non-Catholics and Catholics alike.
March 15 "Train Accidents, Don't Let it Happen Here" Richard Sprout is a labor activist and member of Citizens for Train Safety. Here in Broome County, more than 60% of the population lives within 2 miles of a rail line. Hazardous materials go through communities like ours every day, and stronger safety measures are needed to protect workers and communities.
April 19 "GMO Hazards to Health and Ecosystems" British scientist Dr. Jonathan Latham is with the Bioscience Research Center Project.He will discuss new and old research into the hazards of GMOs and the lack of regulatory supervision in the United States. How dangerous are GMO crops to your health and the environment?
April 30 Julian Shepherd will lead an outing to Nuthatch Hollow. Nuthatch Hollow comprises woodland, stream, scrubland and grassland. It is a Bird Sanctuary privately owned by Robert Schumann, and the varied habitat allows for a diversity of wildlife. Access is by permission only. Meet at 9am at Nuthatch Hollow. Drive south on Bunn Hill Rd. from Vestal Parkway. After a little over a mile, where the hill becomes less steep, turn right into the gated drive. If the gate is not open, park on the right side of the road and walk around the gate and down thedriveway. If you have questions, call Julian at 607 722-9327.
Entrance to the Social Hall is from the parking lot in back of the Church. Light refreshments will be served following the talk.
Vivian Stevens receives 2016 Lynda Spickard Annual Environmental Award
Sierra Club member Lynda Spickard, who died in 1999, was an inspiration for her dedication to the environment. This award is given in recognition of local environmental advocates who have made a significant difference in our community; it hopefully serves to inspire others as well.
Vivian Stevens has served the Susquehanna Group as long-time treasurer, secretary and chair, and is the ONE person who has remained active with us since the group’s inception in 1980. She has served as chair on the Town of Vestal Conversation Advisory Council, helped with the recycling task force of the Broome County Environmental Management Council, spearheaded an effort for a state law requiring signs for lawn pesticide application and ran for both Vestal Town Board and Broome County Legislature, to name a few of her accomplishments. Vivian has been continuously active and informed locally on environmental and political issues. Her sustained dedication to the environment helped make the Susquehanna Group what it is today.
Vivian will be presented with the Lynda Spickard award at our January 19, 2016 meeting. The meeting is at 7:30 pm at the Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Avenue, Endicott, NY. At 6:30, prior to the presentation, a potluck dinner (bring a dish to pass and table setting; we focus on vegetarian and/or local foods, if possible) will be held. Both members and non-members are welcome, and Vivian would especially love to see some other “old time” members.
"It's Our Right to Know!": Take Action for GMO Labeling
There are a variety of ways to get involved (contact or meet with elected officials, go on an outing, write a letter to the editor, attend a community meeting, talk with your neighbors, etc) and a wide diversity of issues to work on (fracking, agriculture, energy, translation, water protection, and so much more)-- so get active now! Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-CpU2GH8akFB_5O6ywuJKu3mDKBXW-QK3LvoHIFBXM4/viewform
Water Monitoring Volunteers Needed
Concerned Citizens from around New York State are engaging in a campaign to record basline water quality information for local streams. For more information, visit http://nywatersentinels.org .