Political Action

Recap of the People’s Climate March in NYC!

Posted on September 22nd, 2014

People's climate marchThe final count is in. It’s not 80,000 or 150,000 people, but more like 400,000 people, by far the largest climate march in history. That’s who showed up at the People’s Climate March to make history.

Whether you marched with us in the streets of Manhattan, contributed to bus thousands of climate activists to New York or helped with the hundreds of large and small acts to make the #People’sClimateMarch a success — Thank You.

Click here for a quick recap of our best footage from Sunday’s March and hear about what’s in store this week at the U.N. climate talks taking place.

Click here for more in-depth follow-up info.

From Doug Bell: Ask Gov. Kasich to veto

Posted on May 28th, 2014

SB 310 is a Bill currently in the Ohio House that will gut the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries in Ohio.  It will certainly pass the House this week and go to Gov. Kasich for his signature.  Our only chance to keep Ohio moving forward to a Green Economy is to convince him to veto it.  There’s an better-than-even chance that his veto would be upheld in the Senate.

Here’s what you can do,
1) use this link to contact him and let your voice be heard!  An email is best, but if you’re busy a phone call would take 3 minutes and the phone calls are tallied and so they do matter.  There’s probably not enough time for a letter. Ask him or his staff to view this video.

http://www.governor.ohio.gov/Contact/ContacttheGovernor.aspx

2) email your friends who care about our air and water and ask them to take action as well

3) Whatever you do, it has to be done today or tomorrow.

If this passes, Ohio will be the first state in the US to roll-back these laws.  The other side has hundreds of millions of dollars, all we have is us.

Here’s the latest update: http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/05/kasich_should_veto_still-flawe.html

 

Speak Out against the Oasis Rail Line!

Posted on December 13th, 2013

The Ohio Department of Transportation held three public meetings to get input on the Oasis rail line, which would extend from Downtown to Milford. The Sierra Club is concerned about the high cost of the project, which could top $1billion according to the OKI 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan.

Sierrans Bob Park, Amy Francis and Marilyn Wall attended the meeting in Fairfax and expressed their concerns to ODOT representative Joe Vogel.

You can speak out against this expensive project which drain resources away from neighborhoods that need inexpensive public transit and will do little to improve air quality based on peak estimates of ridership (~1500 round trips per day). Submit your comments at:
http://easterncorridor.org/cincinnati-oasis-survey/

The Sierra Club Miami Group proposes three better uses for our tax dollars:

  1. Drop the Oasis Rail Line, and start studying the Wasson Line for Rail with Trail.
  2. Insure the Ohio River multi-use trail is built as soon as possible on the Oasis Line,  returning economic dollars to the community just like the Little Miami Bike Trail does.
  3. Create and fund a real mass transit plan that includes bus service and cost-effective rail.

Oasis Rail line public meetings

Posted on November 25th, 2013

Oasis Rail Conceptual Alternative Solutions Report and  Oasis Rail Station Area Analysis Report available at easterncorridor.og

Public Meetings Scheduled to Discuss Oasis Rail Transit Project
Proposed rail line to provide commuter service between Downtown Cincinnati and western Clermont County

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has scheduled three public involvement meetings in early December to share updates on the advancing development of Greater Cincinnati’s first commuter rail line – Oasis Rail Transit – and gather input from the public on various components of the proposed project. A core element of the Eastern Corridor Program, Oasis Rail Transit introduces a new public transportation option to the region and would serve communities extending east from downtown Cincinnati, through Hamilton County, and into western Clermont County.

The public involvement meetings will be held at three different locations along the project corridor. The content of each meeting will be the same. Meeting dates and locations are:

TUESDAY, DEC. 10
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
R.G. Cribbett Center
5903 Hawthorne Avenue
Fairfax, OH 45227

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Taft Center at Fountain Square
425 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(US Bank Bldg, 2nd Floor)

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Miami Township Civic Center
6007 Meijer Drive
Milford, OH 45150

Each meeting will be organized in an open house format. The public can arrive at any time during the meeting period to review and discuss information presented on a series of boards staffed by project team representatives.  In addition, an open forum Public Comment Session will be held at 12:30 p.m. during the daytime meeting and at 7:00 p.m. during the evening meetings.  An interactive, internet-based tool will be available at the meetings through which the public can provide additional feedback and communicate to project planners their priorities for improving travel and accessibility in the Greater Cincinnati region.  This tool will also be accessible online at www.EasternCorridor.org beginning Dec. 10 and will remain available until Jan. 3, 2014.

The upcoming meetings will focus primarily on the study results and recommendations summarized in the Oasis Rail Conceptual Alternative Solutions report. Topics to be discussed at the meetings include proposed schedule options for rail service, recommended rail vehicle technology, updates on potential track alignment options and requirements, recommended station locations and upcoming planning needs, preliminary cost estimates, funding options to be considered and next steps in the project development process.

Stop the Eastern Corridor!

Posted on August 25th, 2013

Check out our new Facebook page on stopping the Eastern Corridor project!

And check out Commissioner Greg Hartmann on the Oasis Rail and the highway on the  Channel 9 news.   “The ridership numbers, I’ve got some questions about, but my biggest questions are about costs,” Hartman said. “How are we going to pay the $300 million for light rail to go east?

Hartmann said. “I really believe light rail does not make a lot of sense at this point going east. We don’t have any light rail at all in this community and to start going from downtown to Clermont County really doesn’t make a lot of sense for $300 million.”

“If we can’t afford to pay for it, if it’s not our number one priority as a region, we need to move on from those discussions and have more evaluation about whether the road project makes sense.”

Yes, we’re glad to see Commissioner Hartmann is questioning the Oasis rail. As much as we like rail, this line has high cost and low ridership projections. It won’t qualify for federal funding because it doesn’t meet minimum criteria.  The highway project needs a lot more scrutiny too. Read More

Cincinnati Green Group is proud to announce another in our informative and interactive series of environmental forums – Greening Cincinnati: A Candidate’s Forum. This event will bring together candidates for Cincinnati City Council to present their environmental vision and accomplishments and to take questions from YOU.

NEW THIS YEAR will be a much anticipated mayoral forum with the two candidates left standing after the primary. Food provided, to facilitate after-work attendance.

Come at 5:30pm to mingle with candidates in one-on-one discussion. Forum begins at 6pm.

WHY WAIT until the forum to think of questions for the candidates? Post your questions on the Cincinnati Green Group page on facebook, or email them to cincygreengroup@gmail.com

Show up. Stand up. Speak out. And don’t forget to wear green!

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