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The Loantaka Group covers Morris and Union Counties
(except for Elizabeth and Hillside),
plus Livingston, Millburn, Roseland, Bernardsville, and Basking Ridge
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Come to a general meeting, learn something new and make some new friends. We'd welcome the chance to meet you and to introduce ourselves at a general meeting. Please see the meeting schedule which follows and join us! For Information, call 908-233-2414
Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month (Sept.-June) at 7:30 PM at the Library of the Chathams, 214 Main Street, Chatham NJ 07928, (click for directions). This is your club and there is always an open invitation to attend an Executive Committee meeting. Right now, we have open positions on our Executive Committee. If you are interested in a position and would like to find out more, please contact Paul Sanderson .
Wednesday, March 12
Speaker: Suzanne Dragan, writer for NJ Sierran
Topic: How Our Food Choices Affect the Environment
Can the food we choose to eat help protect the global environment? Our own contributor of frequent articles to the Jersey Sierran, Suzanne Dragan, will give a PowerPoint presentation and lead a discussion about how changes in our diet can have a positive impact on our planet's prospects. Samples of vegetarian dishes will be served !
Wednesday, April 9
Speaker: Eric Hausker, Co-Chair Loantaka Group
Topic: History of the Sierra Club
How well do you know the conservation club that you are supporting? Co-Chair Eric Hausker will give a review of the Sierra Club's history starting with its founding in 1892 by John Muir, as a hiking club with 182 members with a view to protecting Yosemite National Park, all the way into its 2nd century as one of the major players in the fight to preserve the biosphere of the entire planet. Its major triumphs and setbacks will be mentioned in detail. The club has had controversies and inner conflicts, as will be seen, but it is still the preeminent organization fighting the nation's looming environmental crisis.
Wednesday, May 12
Speaker: Margaret Gossett, Vice Chair of Mountain Lakes Environmental Committee
Topic: Defeating the Rezoning of Waterview in Parsippany
Margaret Gossett, a Trustee for Citizens for Health, Safety and Welfare (CHSW) will speak about the fledgling organization's first milestone victory defeating the rezoning of the 26.6 acre tract called Waterview in Parsippany, NJ. The completion of nearby Interstate 287 in 2004 has created a climate in which it has been threatened with development despite its rugged topography, environmental constraints, wildlife habitat and protection by Parsippany's steep slope ordinance. The most recent threat of development was RD Realty's proposal to build 195,000 square feet of big box retail as well as 60 town houses with more than 80% impervious coverage. Ms Gossett will emphasize how this grass-roots committee came into being and what tactics were most effective in marshalling support to bring about this victory. It is surely a story that all of us can learn from.
Past Meeting Topics
January 11, 2012, Christine Guhl, "Coal Country" and "Unlimited"
February 8, 2012, Terry Stimpfel, "Fracking"
March 14, John Olivo, "Every Drop Counts"
April 11, Eric Hausker, "Earth Days"
May 9, John Wilmot, The Great Swamp
June 13, Bill Martin, Genetically Modified Organisms
September 12, Matt Smith, Keystone Pipeline
October 10, Jim Walsh, Update on Major Environmental Issues
November 14, Helen Kaar and Chris Kellogg, Geothermal Heated House in Madison, NJ
December 12, 2012, Meet and Greet Holiday Party
January 9, 2013, Eric Hausker, "Earth 2100"
February 13, 2013, Randy Solomon, Sustainable Jersey
March 13, 2013, Erica Van Auken, NJ Highlands Coalition, Update Part I
April 10, 2013 Margaret Nordstrom, NJ Highlands Council Update - Part II
May 8, 2013, Jeff Jotz, Rahway River Flood Control
June 12, 2013 James Andreano, Climate Reality
September 11, 2013 Eric Hausker, Life After Peak Energy
October 9, 2013 Sefano Crema, Community Energy Aggregation Program
November 12, 2013, Dr. Daniela Shebitz, Costa Rica Medicinal Plants and Wetlands Development
December 11, 2013, Annual Meet and Greet Holiday Party
January 8, 2014, Eric Hausker, Sourlands documentary
February 12, 2014, Susan Schimer, Climate Change
Environmental Programs available from the Sierra Club Loantaka Group.
We need a volunteer who could present these programs. If interested,
contact Paul or Eric, info at top of this page.
1. Threatened and Endangered Species of New Jersey
Why are they threatened and endangered? How important is habitat?
2. Sustainable Energy
Fifty years away, if we start now!
3. Mercury in Your Life
Impacts on human health and environmental origins of mercury.
4. Is the Environmental Sky Really Falling?
A look at the myriad of environmental problems facing the world.
5. Oil On Ice
A documentary film on the fate of the Artic National Wildlife Refuge and the interactions of energy policy, migratory wildlife, and the native Gwich’in Indians of Alaska.
A documentary film on the history, nature and impact of corporations on America and the world.
7. The High Cost of Low Price
A documentary film on the operation of Wal-Mart Corporation and its social and economic impact on American families and communities.
8. Environmental Politics
A historical look at the impact of politics on environmental issues and human health from Teddy Roosevelt to George W. Bush. The power of the Presidency and of majority rule in the House and Senate are examined as well as the influence of corporations and mass media.
9. Conserve Our Ocean Legacy
A slideshow presentation on the ocean’s living natural resources and what steps the world community must take to make them sustainable for future generations.
10. Or, a program on an environmental topic of your choice!!!
Elementary Level School Programs
11. Earth Day presentation
A slide show on conservation of resources in and around the home. Emphasis is on the three R’s and on energy and water conservation. Includes some demonstration materials.
12. Bats to bears: Mammals of New Jersey
A look at our fellow warm-blooded members of the Order Mammalia.
13. Environmental Primer
A slide show on the basics of environmental science with references to the environment of New Jersey.
Driving Directions to Library of the Chathams:
1. Traveling south on I-287, get on Route 24 East Exit 37 (the sign says Springfield), which is the first exit after the Route 10 Exits. Proceed on Route 24 East for about 8 miles to Exit 7 (the sign says JFK Parkway). Follow the signs for JFK Parkway. . The road makes a series of loops to the right (use caution at merge points). Just after the underpass (before Short Hills Mall), follow signs to Route 24 West, then take exit for Route 124 West to Chatham, which puts you on Main Street in Chatham. See # 3.
2. Traveling west on Route 24, take Exit 7C for JFK Parkway which puts you on a service road. Go past Short Hills Mall. Follow signs for Route 124 West to Chatham. See # 3.
3. Continue on Main Street through two traffic lights. The library will be on your right, about 1/2 block
after the second light. To reach the parking lot: continue to the next light. Turn right. Go a short distance and turn right at the swimming pool. Then follow signs to the basement
From the Chatham Railroad Station:
Head north on Fairmount Ave toward
Railroad Plaza N. Turn right at Main St/
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