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Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, Sierra Club is the oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

 

Central Iowa Sierra Group Presents:

Central Iowa Sierra Group Meeting

Wednesday, February 21, 7:30 p.m.

Carbon Pipelines by Jess Mazour

 Three companies have proposed to build hazardous carbon pipelines across Iowa. Landowners, environmentalists, and local governments have banded together to oppose the Summit, Navigator, and Wolf carbon pipelines. Jess Mazour, Conservation Program Coordinator for the Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club, will give an overview of the carbon pipeline proposals, the reasons so many are opposed, and the latest updates on the status of the carbon pipeline projects and legislative session. 

This month’s Central Iowa Sierra Group meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. (30 minutes later than usual) and will be held at the Northwest Community Center, which is located at 5110 Franklin Avenue in Des Moines.  The Center is just west of Franklin Library.  If you have questions about the meeting place or the program, please contact Jane Clark at 515-223-5047 or jrclark@radiks.net.

   

 

 

Loess Hills Iowa

CENTRAL IOWA GROUP HOSTS TRANSIT EQUITY PROGRAM

On February 5th, the Central Iowa Group held an online meeting to discuss transit equity in the metro Des Moines area.  The date was chosen to honor Rosa Parks' birthday.  You can find more about this movement in the link below:

 https://www.labor4sustainability.org/transit-equity/

Why is this an equity issue? Public Transit provides basic mobility for many in our communities. It is also essential urban infrastructure–just like roads, bridges, tunnels, and utilities–that is crucial to the economic, social, and environmental well-being of all our regions.

How does this apply to Des Moines? DART Service is in danger of being cut. DART is the public transportation system of the Des Moines metro area. Because of budgetary constraints they are considering cutting services. Without additional revenue, DART must reduce its services by $7.7 million over the next five years. Most DART riders do not have a driver's license or a car. If the city of Des Moines increases its funding of DART with an increase in the franchise fee, DART can maintain its services. 

Sierra Club supports public transportation and expanding it to green spaces as in S.1440 . The purpose is to establish a program to award grants to entities that provide transportation connectors from critically underserved communities to green spaces, and for other purposes.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/senate-bill/1440

 

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