Take action by visiting the AMC’s Conservation Action Network. Sign up to receive email updates with relevant conservation information and action steps you can take to help further AMC Conservation priorities for 2017.
Join us at a local event!
Meet like minded folks and learn about the great outdoors through different perspectives by participating in a social event or conservation activity. Here are our upcoming events in the NY-NoJ area:
- Thursday, March 9th from 6:00-8:00PM : Open House at Filson in NYC
AMC will be at Filson to give a presentation about the 140-year history of the club, our extensive conservation work throughout the US, and how to use AMC resources to get started finding one of our 8,000 annual outdoor activities that’s just right for you.
- Thursday NYC Movie Nights (Free!)
Films have the power to evoke emotions, make us think about the world in new ways, and inspire us to go beyond what we thought was possible. Every year hundreds of nature, conservation, and outdoor related documentaries are produced by amazing filmmakers around the world who set out to do just that. The AMC NY-NoJ Chapter would love to share some of their favorites with you!
- Saturday April 8th starting at 10:00AM : Delaware Canal Cleanup
Annual Cleanup in conjunction with the Friends of the Delaware Canal on the Delaware Canal towpath. We will pick up trash from Uhlerstown to Lock 17 (Treasure Island).
- Friday May 19th to Sunday May 21st : Leave No Trace Trainer Course (Massachusetts)
This course is designed to teach the Leave No Trace and Outdoor Ethics message. You will learn how to plan and prepare for your trip, take advantage of durable surfaces to camp and hike, properly dispose of waste, leave what you find, minimize the impacts of campfires, respect wildlife, and respect others that may travel your path in days to come. Upon completion of the course, you will gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to protect the outdoors so that others may enjoy it as much you do! In addition, you will be certified as a Leave No Trace Trainer and empowered to teach others how to protect the resources of the outdoors and share the Leave No Trace message.
- Friday June 2nd to Sunday June 4th : Chapter Weekend and Picnic at Harriman Outdoor Center
Save the date for the annual Trails Weekend, Volunteer Appreciation Picnic and good times at the Harriman Outdoor Center. We will have a full weekend of events including social hours, trail maintenance, hikes, swimming, paddling, and eating great food. More information to come.
#OutdoorCitizen : Speak up for the outdoors
No matter what may be happening during today’s changing times, the Appalachian Mountain Club creates and cares for outdoor recreation and education opportunities, and leads the charge in the Northeast on conservation issues for everyone. We know you feel strongly about the environment and conservation work, so make sure your voice is heard. Here are 3 easy ways to get started:
- Join the AMC as an #OutdoorCitizen
Supporting the outdoors means more trail maintenance, outdoor programming, and skills training for kids, teens, adults, and families. Connect with your community to share the importance of being an #OutdoorCitizen.
Wear your [conservationist] heart on your sleeve
Sometimes speaking out means coming out to show your support, publicly. Outdoor Citizens are ambassadors of conservation. We’re linked by our love of natural places. Keep an eye out for #OutdoorCitizen gear to wear to support the outdoors, and start having conversations about being an #OutdoorCitizen in your communities today.
Share. Tweet. Like.
Make more social connections by sharing a photo on Instagram, tweeting a relevant article on Twitter, or sharing a photo album on Facebook – all with the hashtag #OutdoorCitizen. Let’s encourage everyone to stand up for the outdoors.
Social media isn’t everyone’s favorite storytelling medium, but it can be an amazing way to reach more people with your voice of support for the outdoors. Still hesitant? Check out this article, “Social Media and Saving the Environment: Clicktivism or Real Change?” by Shannon Dosemagen, Co-founder and Director of Community Engagement, Education and Outreach of Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, which gives us both sides of the coin to consider.
“Erase A Trace” Campaign
As you may know, the AMC is a provider of Leave No Trace Master Educator Courses and Leave No Trace Trainer Courses in partnership with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. While not everyone can take the time to complete a 5 day training, everyone can take an extra 5 to 15 minutes (or more!) during their outdoor adventures to “Erase A Trace”. Originally spearheaded at last year’s National Trail Day, “Erase A Trace” is a call for all AMC sponsored activities to dedicate time to honor the LNT principle of Dispose of Waste Properly. Unfortunately, not all users of nature’s playground understand the “Pack It In, Pack It Out” concept, but as AMC members and Outdoor Citizens, we can take steps to reduce the impact that waste has on our surroundings by taking time to “Erase A Trace” and pack out trash that we find while in the great outdoors.
Contact your elected officials
Use the USA.gov website to look up your local, state and federal elected officials and let them know your opinion on topics and policies that matter to you. In-person meetings (ex. town halls), phone calls and letters are the most effective methods to share your concerns.
Not sure what your passion issue is yet? Read through the AMC’s Hot Issues page, and review Georgia Murray’s AMC blogpost, “EPA Nominee is No Friend of the Environment” for some ideas about what you might want to tell your elected officials. Murray calls on readers: “Let us stand together. Don’t let the Clean Air Act and environmental protections be dismantled. Act now and ask your Senator to commit to confirming an EPA Administrator that stands by sound science to protect outdoor recreationists’ health, and the resources we go outside to enjoy.”
Take it outdoors, educate, engage, communicate, represent, and share the science. Whatever your skills, there is a place for you in conservation volunteering. Check out this link to learn more about opportunities that may interest you and how to get started.
Marcellus Shale’s Greatest Treasures
The AMC hosts ”Marcellus Shale’s Greatest Treasures”, an interactive website featuring first-hand accounts of the impact of natural gas development by people who rely on the public lands and waters in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region for outdoor recreation (including the Delaware River and the Delaware Water Gap).
Through personal stories and photos, this new website gives Pennsylvania residents and visitors an opportunity to better understand and discuss natural gas development on and near public forests, parks, trails, and waterways. The individual stories represent a variety of outdoor recreation perspectives, including hikers, paddlers, hunters, and rock climbers, as well as popular destinations such as Pine Creek Gorge, Ricketts Glen, and Ohiopyle.
Climate Change – Awareness Raising
Helpful Articles on Climate Change
- Climate Science in Six Well-Documented Findings by Dr. Michael MacCracken
- Debunking Urban Legends of Climate Change by Frances Moore
- The Conversion of a Climate Change Skeptic by Dr. Richard Muller
- Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math by Bill McKibben
For objective information on climate change, see:
- The Climate Institute
- The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Can you tell fact from science fiction?
Test you climate change knowledge with this short quiz from the Union of Concerned Scientists.
275, 392, 350. Do you know what these three numbers represent? Do you know how much CO2 is in the atmosphere? Do you know how much CO2 in the atmosphere is considered by many scientists to be a safe upper limit? Learn about atmospheric CO2 levels from 350.org.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration hosts a webpage called Energy Kids, which provides games and activities for our future conservationists to learn more about energy conservation.