Canyon Echoes - Autumn Activities and Actions

By Newsroom America Feeds at 19 Oct 2017

"Rivers flow not past, but through us; tingling, vibrating, exciting every cell and fiber in our bodies, making them sing and glide." ~ John Muir

In this issue:

- Act to Protect the San Pedro River! - Viva la Verde - Two Screenings - Sign Letter to Governor Ducey -- Act on Climate! - Meeting the Challenges of Climate and Energy - We the People Summit - Volunteer and Member Recognition Picnic - Please Support Our Work! -----------------------------------

Act to Protect the San Pedro River!

The San Pedro River, one of the most ecologically significant rivers in the Southwest, is threatened by a proposed development near Benson, Arizona. The proposed "Villages at Vigneto" would fragment high desert grasslands and washes at the base of the Whetstone Mountains segment of the Coronado National Forest, near the Lower San Pedro River Global Important Bird Area, the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area and the St. David Cienega, as well as the world-class wet cave system of Kartchner Caverns State Park.

Water-intensive development, including houses, golf courses, artificial lakes, non-native vegetation, shopping and recreation centers, are planned. A significant projected increase in ground water pumping would contribute to ground water depletion and could ultimately reduce surface water flows in the San Pedro River, putting the region's birds, biodiversity, water users, and economy at risk. Please take action now asking the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke the permit for this development and to conduct a full environmental review of the development's impact.

For more information, contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or . -----------------------------------

Viva la Verde - Two Screenings

There are two upcoming opportunities to see a beautiful documentary on another one of Arizona's important rivers, the Verde River. The film highlights the riparian ecosystem; plants and animals of one of the last flowing southwestern desert rivers. It discusses the severe pressures on the river and how we as a community, can help preserve this important natural resource.

"Viva la Verde" Thursday, October 19th 6:30 p.m. Holland Community Center 34250 N. 60th St Carefree No charge

"Viva la Verde" Creation Connection Movie Night Friday, October 27 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Franciscan Renewal Center 5802 E Lincoln Dr Scottsdale Pre-registration is required at or call 480.948.7460 Cost is $10 -----------------------------------

Sign and Help Deliver Letter to Governor Ducey on Climate! Tell Him to Act on Climate Change

While the Trump Administration continues its efforts to roll back programs to address climate change, including the Clean Power Plan, and to remove the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, governors, mayors, businesses, and millions of people across America have committed to the emissions reductions in the Paris Climate Accord.

Please sign the letter to Governor Ducey asking him to take action.

Join us for the letter delivery! Tuesday, October 31st 10:00 a.m. Arizona State Capitol Rose Garden 1700 W. Washington St Phoenix

For more information, contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or . -----------------------------------

Developing Common Ground: Meeting the Challenges of Climate and Energy

The annual Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) Wild West Regional Conference will be November 3-5 at North Mountain Visitor Center in Phoenix. The focus is to build the political will for our elected representatives to take action on climate. Rising temperatures, prolonged wildfire seasons, drought, flooding, and insect infestations are already impacting our communities, agriculture and outdoor recreation industries. The harm of inaction and the benefit of action have never been higher. For more information on the conference, go to

Also, on November 3, the Elders Climate Action Regional Conference will meet from 1-4pm, just prior to the CCL conference. Now more than ever, we need elders to speak out on climate change for future generations! For more information on the Elders' conference, go to


We the People Summit

We are excited to announce that Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter is one of the sponsors for the We the People Summit on 11/4 in Phoenix. We hope to see you there! To get the early bird prices, purchase your tickets prior to 10/15.

The We the People Summit is a series of three summits designed to bring together individuals, grassroots organizations, and established nonprofits to empower, educate, and connect citizens of Arizona who seek progressive change in local and state government.

Saturday, November 4 8:30 a.m. Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel 100 N. First St Phoenix

To learn more and purchase your tickets, go to

For more information, contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or . -----------------------------------

Volunteer and Member Recognition Picnic

As a way to say thank you to all of our members and volunteers, we invite you to join us for this fun potluck and volunteer/member awards recognition picnic! Spend a day at Papago Park and meet and mingle with others devoted to Arizona's environment.

All you need to bring are your friends and family and a dish you wish to share. Sierra Club will provide a main dish and drinks. Not yet a member? Please join us!

Sunday, November 12 11:30-2:00 p.m. Papago Park Directions provided when you RSVP

For more information and to RSVP, contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or . -----------------------------------

Please Support Our Work!

Our work depends on the support of people like you. Please consider making a donation to further our efforts to protect Arizona's wild lands, wildlife, people, and places. Thank you so much!



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