SIERRA CLUB

Rating: 4.56 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Anti-Fracking

Location: 85 2ND St Fl 2 San Francisco CA 94105 USA

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Sierra Club is an extremely radical group. For example they are trying to totally destroy the coal industry and using very unethical methods in the campaign. They scare parents by claiming that emissions from coal plants will damage their kids brains. They are totally hysterical on the subject of global warming but their understanding of the science is sadly lacking. They are basically elite people who care far more about the welfare of birds and insects than they care about the welfare of people. Don't believe anything coming from this group.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Shut it down. It is beyond saving.

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2013

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As two long-term volunteers with the Sierra Club, Joan and I spend much of our time with the Club’s Trade and Workers’ Rights Team, a national committee. Our introduction to Sierra Club’s trade campaign occurred in the late ‘90’s when a group of volunteers gathered near San Francisco for a training on globalization.  This experience was a real eye opener for all of us. Back in those days the terms “WTO” and “NAFTA” had a ring of respectability.  Even our Democratic president whole-heartedly supported these trade policies. But we learned about what we could really expect to see happen, and,  unfortunately, it all came true:  jobs leaving our country as corporations seek cheaper and cheaper labor markets, deforestation, species extinction at a rate never before seen, and poverty and human rights violations.  The Sierra Club played an important role protesting the WTO in Seattle and at other demonstrations against an undemocratic global economic system.   Our Trade and Workers’ Rights Team has the daunting task of keeping abreast of current trade policy and educating others on the resulting environmental and social impacts.  We work closely with impressive and dedicated Club staff and trade and environment issues. Together we have accomplished a lot by pointing out the inequities caused by flawed trade policies to our fellow Sierra Club members, congressional offices, and those interested in learning more on these issues. Just a few highlights of our work over the years include:  organizing a weekend campout on the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation in Arizona to highlight the attempts of a gold-mining company to destroy native lands, and bringing several Mayans from Guatemala who testified what that mining company had done to their lands; coordinating two international “Border Tours” in Tijuana, Mexico to highlight the effects of NAFTA on Mexican workers; organizing speakers to address issues of environmental degradation and trade (such as the impact of illegal logging in Indonesia); and producing materials making the connections between trade, climate and the need for green jobs and clean energy.      The Sierra Club is unique among environmental organizations.  We are involved in a myriad of issues which we must tie together to show that all of our many campaigns are really interconnected. 

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

trying to educate the general population and congressional offices on the impacts of global trade on our environment and human rights.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

All the amazing people I have met over the years.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I've worked with volunteers all over the country and appreciate the dedication they have to the goals of the Sierra Club. And the same appreciation goes to the incredible staff members who have been great to collaborate with on so many projects.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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I have volunteered for the Sierra Club as an international trip leader and as a member of the India Advisory Council. I cannot think of a better way to spend my time; the organization is fantastic, the staff dedicated, and fellow volunteers inspiring. It is such a pleasure to feel your efforts are helping to produce a positive outcome in environmental conservation in the world.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way we have influenced trip participants in becoming aware of conservation issues both at home and abroad

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire more staff under the Executive Director to handle different aspects of the work, and diversify into different countries

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the camaraderie and mutual respect for all people

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptionally dedicated, and generous with their time and expertise

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

improve the lives of thousands of people suffering from environmental degradation in third world countries

Ways to make it better...

they had more staff to share the heavy workload

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the indifference of the average American citizen to the amount of harm we cause to the environment by our lifestyle choices

One thing I'd also say is that...

the Sierra Club deserves everybody's moral and financial support in the monumental task it has taken for our planet

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Last year, I went through the training to become a leader in a very specific chapter of the Sierra Club. I believe that the training that I went through equipped me with the skills that I need to fulfill my roll in taking kids out into the wilderness and keep them safe. I especially love the organization for it's diversity in age; there were people in my training class there were as young as 14 all the way to their mid-40's. The organization helped me build a friendship with many different people, and helps me reach out to many different types of people. I love the organization that I belong to, and I am glad that it is sponsored by the Sierra Club.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching kids learn how to camp and grow in thier outdoor stills.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

magically give it more money.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know and bond with people of all ages.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

THE MOST AMAZING PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. period.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

take kids all around California into the outdoors and show them the beauty of nature.

Ways to make it better...

we could carpool.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

?

One thing I'd also say is that...

I LOVE THIS ORGANIZATION

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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I worked as a volunteer as chair of the Mississippi Chapter of Sierra Club for a number of years working on issues like wetlands protection and toxics when we were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Soon after people starting receiving FEMA trailers, many people were getting sick. After one couple tested their trailer and found high formaldehyde levels, we were able to get funding to purchase test kits to see how widespread the problem was. What we found was shocking. About nine out of ten trailers initially tested were over recommendations for even 15 minutes of exposure. Sierra Club helped us publicize those testing results, and we followed up with testing over the next four years that confirmed a continuing problem. Sierra Club also helped us bring witnesses to Congressional hearings on this to put a personal face on the problem. And, very significantly, Sierra Club followed up with major campaigns to encourage EPA to develop standards to protect Americans from toxic formaldehyde exposure. The club has also supported legislation now in both the House and Senate to adopt formaldehyde regulations that should have been in place decades ago.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to have an impact on people's health by exposing this problem and working to find solutions to prevent people from being exposed to toxic levels of formaldehyde in the future.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make an even bigger dent in offsetting the pervasive influence big industry has when it uses campaign finance contributions and tainted scientific research to try to prevent regulations to protect people's health.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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I have been in leadership roles at both the local and national levels of the Sierra Club for ten years. My capacities include chair of MA Chapter Local Outings (5 years), chair of the Northeast Subcommitte for National Outings (5 years), and member of MA Chapter ExComm and Boston Group Excom (multiple terms during this same period). The Club is unique for a structure and volunteer philosphy that empowers folks to self-fulfill in the capacity that each is comfortable and qualified for, for its legislative activism, for the community that it brings given its national and local presence, and for its history that dates back to John Muir. When I became a life member in 1988, I evaluated all the options and found the Sierra Club to be the most worthy of my support. I still do.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

introducing folks to the outdoors,and making sure that the experience is as positive as can be.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very knowledgeable and committed to improving the quality of life on this planet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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If the Sierra Club was given $100 million, I feel confident they would save the world. As it stands now, I suspect the Sierra Club will be an integral part of the solution ...doing it the "hard" way, by mobilizing 100,000 creative, passionate, profoundly thoughtful, and deeply caring member volunteers. To put these comments in context, I need to confess that I became aware of the work of the Sierra Club as soon as I was old enough to realize that the environment was headed for trouble if we didn't change the way we lived, worked, and played. In the ensuing years I worked in parallel on environmental issues leaning more towards the academic and research side of the effort. In that light, it seems ironic to me that it took four decades for me to get around to joining the Sierra Club. That said, in the Sierra Club I have discovered an incredible number of people who I think are like myself: willing to volunteer, able to step up, and largely refusing to walk away saying it -- whatever "it" is -- will be somebody else's problem to deal with. I like to think that Sierrans are always thinking in the back of their heads: "If not us, who? If not now, when?" Yet the single factor that has me most solidly planted in the Sierra Club today is the compelling daily experience that it is a slice of America quite literally filled with people who solidly stand with me and behind me on the things that are most important: working to make the world a better place than it is, to make it more what it could be. Last year, I gave up a rather comfortable position to teach in a Title I public school (high need, high risk) that is 95% African American and has the region's largest cohort of students in foster care, state custody, and guardianship. I have no shortage of Sierra Club members are coming to the school to talk to my kids. This morning a Sierran who is more authentically in touch with nature than me, led my class and I on a walk through the woods narrating everything we came upon. We ended the day inviting kids from another class on a kayaking trip wotj the Sierra Club's ICO (Inner City Outings) Program this June. In the meantime, my kids and I have started a Sierra Club Environmental Justice Committee and thrown in with the Sierra Club Water Sentinels to do water quality monitoring throughout the watershed. I think the reality of what we are doing and the possibility of making a real difference is transformative for these kids. The Sierra Club is the overarching structure that makes all this possible. It is a well spring of empowerment for these kids, and really, for anyone who cares enough to step up. And at this very moment, as I sit at my desk writing this reflection, some friends are working just across the parking lot, building raised bed organic gardens so the kids at this school will have greater access to fresh local produce. There is more I could say, but I think it is time to go help move the Earth. Keep the faith! - CTC

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Mississippi River Basin Initiative that is mobilizing volunteers throughout the S.E. United States working to reduce the 3,000 square mile "Dead Zone" in the Gulf of Mexico, which is caused by Nitrogen & Phosphate run-off throughout the watershed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it greater resources, funding, and manpower. They get incredible things done for a fraction of what it would cost the government. Perhaps DC should sub-contract to the Sierra Club :) (only kidding, but America really does need more Sierra Clubs!)

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fact that it is literally filed with people who care about the Earth & each other. Most important, people who are willing to put their time, talent, treasure, and energy where their mouths are.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, caring, intelligent, gifted, and devoted to the greater good.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

leverage that into $200 million in field research, environmental monitoring, and community education.

Ways to make it better...

if there were more hours in the day, more days in the week, or I was indenpendently wealthy so that I put 100% of my time into the Sierra Club. Without the work of the Sierra Club and like-minded organizations, I fear for the future of the planet.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

a lack of resources to carry out the immense task ahead. Money is causing us to cut back on staff and programs at a critical time in the history of humans on Earth. We need to get this right folks. Please help.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the work of the Sierra Club is to preserve the natural and wildlife legacy of the nation. At a time where we as a species are at the tipping point of global warming, this is NOT the time to "turn our head from the plow."

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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I am from a lumber company-owned town, so you can imagine how I felt about the Sierra Club! My opinions have changed over the years, as I have learned more about non-profit conservation organizations. I have become involved with trips led by Sierra Club members and have had long discussions about what is right and what is wrong with how we, as a country, treat our lands. I believe that the Sierra Club is on the right path towards giving our grandchildren a country they can be proud of.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their National Outings program. Very professional, despite being run by volunteers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

strengthen the local chapters and follow their leads to improve the image of the Sierra Club.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting like-minded people (regarding conservation), and feeling like I was having a unique experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

positive and well-trained.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do a lot more grass roots work at many local chapters.

Ways to make it better...

more people signed on with varying political views. I'll admit I don't know how that might occur!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not always being constructive. I admire other organizations who try to avoid the head-to-head combative approach.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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I have served as a volunteer for almost a year with the Oregon Beyond Coal Campaign. As this is my first venture as a public activist, I have been impressed with the excellent coaching, support, and encouragement I have received from the Club's staff. The staff is extremely capable and enthusiastic, and have the ability to pass on their enthusiasm. Beginning with the rally at the EPA hearing in Seattle last spring, each event has been very well planned and choreographed. It has been rewarding and fun to participate in this important campaign.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the fact that our target, Portland General Electric, has felt the pressure we have exerted, and has altered its targeted date to close the Boardman coal plant to 2020 (we feel they can do better, and will continue to press for a 20124 closure).

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The fact that we have been effective; the excitement of being at the spearhead of a growing local and national movement for clean, renewable energy; and the camaraderie that has grown among the Portland corps of volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Awesome! Smart, energetic, competent, reliable - and fun!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Probably move the country faster to clean renewables

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-12-01

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I love being a Sierra Club Outings Leader because the participants are so appreciative of our help. They want to "get out" and we help them with our experience in the wilderness and the conservation information we share with them. Sierra has a great group of staff members who educate us on how to be strong Outings Leaders so we are confident when we are on the trail or on the water. If we have any questions they are always there to help us. In addition to all of that Outings are fun!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They trained me to be a good Outings Leader: group relations skills, orienteering, trail cuisine, conservation education, leave no trace, how to laugh at hail storms!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make the website more robust for all outings: national, international and local. We are competing with many travel options. We need to look even more enticing and be easier to navigate. Because our trips are great!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The confidence I have gained by being self sufficient in the wilderness, climbing mountains and helping to care for groups of people who are out of their element is a joy!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

They are all really helpful, kind, patient and smart. The winning combination.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help us have a healthier planet for the children, bears, eagles, fish, you and me!

Ways to make it better...

Even more people wanted to "get out"!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Helping everyone see the benefits of a healthy planet. So many people think this is a long term issue when it is an issue we are priviledged to address today.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Come outside with us!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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