Events of featuring environmental issues

November 2 Thursday

The Moore room of the Hinton Centerhintonclimate

Mountain Climate Change Presentation

at Hinton Center

We have all heard about the effect of global climate change on the arctic regions and on cities, towns, and homes along the coastlines of the world, but what about here in the counties of north Georgia and western North Carolina? In what way does global climate change affect the climate in the mountains?

On November 2 at 6:30 in the Moore room of the Hinton Center, retired biology professor, B. K. Hull, will speak on the subject of Mountain Climate Change. The program is sponsored by the Public Policy Network an organization dedicated to bringing information about public policy on a variety of subjects to Clay and Cherokee counties in North Carolina and Towns and Union counties in Georgia.

In her half-hour talk Hull plans to look at a broad range of issues including the effect of climate change now and in the future on gardens, farms, rivers, lakes, and forests in the mountain counties. She will also discuss the effect of global warming on weather in the mountains including storms and forest fires.

After 21 years of teaching biology in higher education, B. K. Hull, retired from YoungHarris College in 2015. Prior to YHC she taught for seven years at East Tennessee State University and Virginia Highlands Community College. Her discipline is ecology but her passion is animal behavior, especially of birds.

Since reading Bill McKibben’s “The End of Nature” in 1989, she has followed the progression of climate change and its impact on local and global ecosystems, using ecological processes to show students how and why the planet is changing. An avid gardener and farmer she also attempts to adapt methods for growing her own food to the unpredictability of nature and the changing climate.

In addition to our featured speaker, a representative of Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Vernon Dixon will give a brief presentation on the work of his organization. The CCL is a non-partisan group which promotes a carbon fee and dividend plan as “the single most impactful solution to climate change.”

At the end of the program the two speakers will remain to answer questions. This meeting is open to all who want to know more about the effect of climate change in our area.

We hope to pack the hall!

Get to know Ninth DDWN member Anne Heikkila and a great North Georgia organization.

Great Old Broads for Wilderness is a decades old organization that began out west and my friend Anne Heikkila is the founding member of this chapter east of the Mississippi. Greening Georgia has built a coalition with the Great Old Broads for Wilderness as well as the Dogwood Alliance with whom Vicki Weeks is a key member. Vicki Weeks is also a Vice Chair of Greening Georgia and a DPG State Committee Member.

The Great Old Broads for Wilderness would like YOU to join us for our monthly chapter meeting on Sunday November 12th. This month we are pleased to announce that Vicki Weeks, the Georgia coordinator for the Dogwood Alliance, will be joining us to present the latest updates to the Dogwood Alliance’s campaign “Our Forest Aren’t Fuel”. Biomass energy has emerged a major threat to our Southern forests, resulting in forest degradation, increased noise and dust pollution, impacts on clean drinking water and quality of life. Come learn about this “dirty energy” threat and what we can do to protect our precious forests!

Come join us for social time at 2:00, and Vicki’s presentation will begin at 2:30. Please RSVP to Anne Heikkila at 770-378-3151 or email at The meeting will be held at Anne’s cabin in Morganton, GA. Exact address and directions will be given when you RSVP.

In addition to our guest speaker, Anne Heikkila will also share the details of her experience of participating in the Washington DC National Broadwalk. The last week of October, the Broads came out of the wilderness to don lobbying suits, trading hiking boots for walking shoes, for an urban Washington D.C. Broadwalk adventure. Anne will share what she learned about effective lobbying techniques and putting them into action.