Environmental Action Group

Environmental

The Environmental Action Group works on projects that elevate eco-awareness and help green the urban environment.

Current activities:

This Action Group focuses on environmental justice issues, the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, while living within the limits of supporting ecosystems. The Environmental Action Group cosponsors a series of monthly conversations Changing Co2urse: Local Solutions to Global Crisis. Cosponsors include the League of Women Voters, Sierra Club, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Environmental Community Organization, and the Green Sanctuary Partners of St. John’s Unitarian Church. These programs are held at St. John’s Unitarian Church at 320 Resor Avenue in Clifton every fourth Saturday evening from 7 to 9 pm.

As part of a special Task Force, the Action Group collaborates with the Natural Resource Committee of the League and other environmental and community organizations to push for legislation to reduce single-use plastic bags in our city.

How to get involved:  Members interested in addressing climate change and promoting a clean and safe environment should contact Action Group chair Jeanne Nightingale at jnightingale@fuse.net or 513-295-2603.

Past Achievements:

  • In collaboration with the Alliance for Leadership and Interconnection (ALI), WCC partnered with students and teachers, companies and organizations, to advocate for LEED-certified public schools in Cincinnati and then to integrate environmental awareness into the curriculum. CPS has now become a national leader with 22 LEED schools. Ohio far outstrips every other state with over 300 such schools.
  • Supported the Millcreek Restoration Project (now Groundworks Cincinnati) and promoted ordinances that protect the city against frack-waste injection wells.
  • Worked with the League’s Natural Resource to stage townhall “What Stinks? Update on Metropolitan Sewer District plans.
  • Changing CO2urse programs include the following:

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 6:30 -8:30 : Cincinnati LEEDs the Nation,” PBS documentary by Laure Quinlivan, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker and former Cincinnati Council member. The film tells the story of the amazing achievement by Cincinnati as first city in the USA to build District 3’s Net Zero Energy police station, deeply engaging the community in the planning. We will discuss this LEED Platinum District 3 facility as an inspiring model for planning future police stations such as the District 5 headquarters.

Saturday, January 27 2018: Divest: The Climate Movement on Tour,” the documentation of the 350.org’s Do-the-Math bus tour across the states as it launched its fossil-fuel divestment campaign nationally and internationally. The value of investment funds committed to selling of fossil fuel assets is now reported to have jumped to over $5 Trillion. New York City announced it will divest $5B more. Over 688 institutions and more than 58,000 individuals across 76 countries have divested.

Sunday, November 12, 2017: WCC’s Task Force on the environment cosponsored a screening and discussion of the movie A Plastic Oceana powerful film that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. The Cincinnati Past PlastiCoalition (BYO Bag) used this event to celebrate its Oct 25 launch of a city-wide campaign to regulate the distribution of single-use carryout bags. Addressing local solutions to global crises, plastic pollution constitutes such a global crisis par excellence and calls for action on a local level.

Sunday, October 22, 2017: A screening and discussion of the Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature The Salt of the Earth — a photographic portrait of humanity from the dawn of time. His photographs communicate a strong hope for healing through a better relationship with Nature and a healthier understanding of our own.

Sunday, September 24, 2017: A screening and discussion of “The Anthropocene.” Have human beings permanently changed the planet? That seemingly simple question has sparked a new debate between geologists and environmental advocates over what to call the time period we live in. Humankind has caused mass extinctions of plant and animal species, polluted the oceans and altered the atmosphere, among other lasting impacts, leaving an indelible scar on the planet. Humans have become a force of Nature. But are we an intelligent force?

Sunday, August 20, 2017: Organized carpools to see An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Al Gore’s follow-up film a decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the hear of popular culture. While the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion. Film shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

Sunday, July 16, 2017: Why Do We Have Flooding & Sewage Backup?  Metropolitan Sewer Director, Gerald Checco updated us on a problem that he says would get no better with the impacts of climate change in our region. MSD has been plagued by complex issues that impede its mandate to fix our outdated sewer system. Two years ago, MSD presented a program that looked at green solutions for making our sewer system more resilient in times of severe rain events.