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Causes: Anti-Fracking

Mission: The sierra club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization on the planet. Its mission remains: to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives. But todays sierra club is not your parents sierra club. Faced with the most important environmental and public health imperative of our timeto end our addiction to dirty fossil fuels and power america with clean energythe club is the grassroots army of a new environmental movement. We are leading efforts to build a domestic and global movement with the scope and power to confront the carbon industry head-on. When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe, said sierra club founder john muir in my first summer in the sie

Programs: Studying and influencing public policy: staff and volunteers engage in legislative and non-legislative activities, including research, education, lobbying, legal and policy development. The sierra club made significant progress on many of our frontline environmental campaigns, working with a diverse range of allied organizations and communities most effected by industrial pollution and the effects of climate change. Here are some highlights: 400,000 take to the streets in the peoples climate marchpublic demand for action on climate change reached an all-time high in 2014, as demonstrated by the historic peoples climate march (pcm). The sierra club played an instrumental role in making this the largest environmental demonstration ever. More than 400,000 environmental, faith, indigenous, labor, and social justice activists --including more than 25,000 sierra clubbers -- joined with businesses and communities to flood the streets of new york city to call for real climate action. We were joined by celebrity and global leader allies -- including leonardo dicaprio, darren aronofsky, mark ruffalo, ban ki-moon, al gore, and jane goodall -- to bring awareness of climate inaction ahead of the un climate summit in nyc. Marchers spread out over more than four miles as they waited to march, and more than 2,600 solidarity events took place worldwide in cities across the united states, in 162 countries, and on every continent except antarctica. The march drew more than four times the anticipated number of participants to the streets of new york and reached billions more through traditional and social media. We hope that future generations will look back on the peoples climate march as the moment in history that public demand for climate action reached critical mass, and leaders across the globe began taking meaningful steps towards change. 350,000 acres protected with san gabriel mountains national monumentland preservation is important not only for protecting our nations wild legacy, but also in preparing for the effects of inevitable climate change and helping species and communities adapt to a changing world. The sierra clubs volunteer leaders in communities surrounding the san gabriel mountains have been working for more than a decade to get urban youth and families out into nature and involved in helping protect their big backyard. This work to build community involvement and an active coalition of local groups paid off in 2014 when president obama used his power under the antiquities act to declare the san gabriel mountains national monument covering 350,000 acres in southern california. This is the president's third landscape-scale designation on our public lands, and it is an important part of our overall goal to protect 3-5 million acres of land through new administrative designations. The voices supporting this national monument come from a broad and diverse coalition that includes elected officials, countless businesses, faith leaders, environmental justice groups, public health leaders, cofem (consejo de federaciones mexicanas en norte amrica), the asian pacific policy & planning council (a3pcon), amigos de los rios, and the city project, among many others. This project represents the sierra clubs vision for our role in future lands protection work: providing technical support and resources to local groups with the deepest connections and the most at stake in preserving local lands. U. S. Moving beyond coal to clean energythe sierra clubs strategic, comprehensive advocacy through the beyond coal campaign has put the united states on track to lock in the retirement of one-third of its entire coal fleet by 2015. We are simultaneously laying the groundwork for replacing the remaining, increasingly expensive coal fleet with cheaper clean energy no later than 2030. We continue to invest in building a broad and growing coalition of more than 100 local, regional, and national allies. Since the launch of our campaign, we have worked with our partners to:stop the development of 183 proposed coal-fired power plants;maintain the resulting de facto moratorium on building new coal-fired power plants in the united states;secure the largest wave of announced retirements of existing coal-fired power plants178 to date and countingin u. S. History; andreplace retired coal capacity with huge investments in energy efficiency and clean energy. Thanks to years of organizing and legal actions by the sierra club and other groups, the environmental protection agency announced a groundbreaking regulation in 2014 limiting the harmful carbon pollution from power plants across the country. Since then, the sierra club has successfully mobilized activists in states across the country to demonstrate their support for the clean power plan. We turned out thousands of supporters to all four public hearings, recruited more than 1,000 testifiers, brought in more than 89,000 online comments, and reached more than 730,000 people through social media. In addition, we held multiple rallies and press conferences all making clear to the epa: the american public supports the clean power plan. 1 billion metric tons of co2 prevented while kxl delayedour beyond oil campaign fights big oil interests across the countryworking to stop oil at all stages: extraction, transport, and end use. Our most significant accomplishment in 2014 has been to force the department of state to delay approval of the keystone xl pipeline again. This latest delay will likely be until sometime in 2015 and was attributed to two factorsboth of which we played a key role in making happen. The first factor was the significant number of comments to the environmental impact statement that needed to be reviewed. The club was responsible for submitting some of the most detailed comments through our legal team, which were later edited into a public report and used by many different groups. We also helped to generate over 200,000 public comments from our network of supporters. The second factor was the successful legal challenge to the constitutionality of the nebraska governors approval of the pipeline route. Our nebraska chapter was instrumental in identifying and promoting this strategy. In this time period we also played a role in getting president obama to set climate as the critical criterion for approving kxl. We organized numerous visibility events wherever the president traveled for fundraisers and dozens of vigils around the country in response to the final environmental impact statement. We understand that any strategy to end our dependence on fossil fuels must also include clean energy as a viable alternative. To this end, the sierra club is working on a number of campaigns to increase both the availability and desirability of clean energy around the country. Significant examples include market research and partnership plans for increasing electric vehicle sales and working with policymakers to increase wind energy by as much as 100% in the northeast. U. S. Leading in international climate effortswe were delighted in june 2013 to see president obama respond to administrative pressure from the sierra club and our allies by outlining a climate plan that includes, with rare exceptions, a ban on u. S. Public financing of overseas coal plants. The plan calls for an end to u. S. Government support for public financing of new coal plants overseas, except for (a) the most efficient coal technology available in the worlds poorest countries in cases where no other economically feasible alternative exists, or (b) facilities deploying carbon capture and sequestration technologies. This announcement gives the sierra club and our partners much greater leverage in opposing u. S. Financing of coal projects and in encouraging investment in off-grid clean energy to bring safe, rapid, and cost-effective energy access to communities in need. Due in part to our efforts, we have seen the u. S. Export-import bank (ex-im) and the overseas private investment corporation (opic) shifting their portfolios away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy. In fy 2013, ex-im rejected the last coal plant in its pipeline, a 1,200 mw plant in vietnam. Just this summer ex-im proposed and then withdrew consideration of support for a new 4 gw coal plant in india, citing the presidents climate action plan (cap) as the reason for withdrawal. Additionally, the united states and china released a groundbreaking announcement to set ambitious goals for climate action and carbon pollution reductions. President obama has made a pledge for 2025 that keeps the united states on track to cut its carbon pollution 80 percent by 2050 and setting a high bar for future administrations. And for the first time ever, china committed to peak its carbon emissions by 2030 at the latest. In conjunction with our international program, the sierra club foundation played a role in this accomplishment by making targeted grants to partner organizations in countries that confront

membership: support and funding of 63 volunteer led chapters and approximately 375 groups, and the development of a broad-based volunteer membership.

information and education: literary programs of sierra club books, sierra, the organization's magazine, and communications group include non-print media channels and digital strategies (mission is to align the online activities and technological investments with the broader strategy and success of the club). Sierra magazine: published 6 issues per year with an average print run in excess of 564,000 magazines. Sierra club books: offered approximately 100 books about nature or the environment for sale to retailers and other resellers, as well as directly to the public.

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I joined the Sierra Club from a magazine after moving to Long Island from Alaska in 1993. I went to college, then grad school and earned a degree in Environmental Science. Frustrated that I was not active locally, I met Sierra members at a tabling event and was shocked to find out that there was local activity. I started out by going to community meetings and outings. The comaraderie was great. I loved getting away from the drama at work and it made everything more fresh at home. My spirit was coming back to life. My first "conquest" came after a cool cities training when we got a sign on. I posted it on the Sierra website and really felt a part of something big. I joined the executive committee as a liason for the Green Buildings (USGBC) and helped get energy star passed in some towns. That was exciting. My passion is water and the opportunity arose to become Coastal Waterways Chair and executive committee member. I joined other local activist groups to facilitate that job and that led to my forming the water sentinels. The Long Island Water Sentinels is my focus and passion. We have a tight group, we are connected to schools, politicians, we know the people locally at DEC and EPA, we know our local baykeeper, we ally with a group called sSelf when we test. It is a dream. I always wanted to do field work. Hardly a day goes by where I don't get an email from someone else who wants to test with us. Sometimes I have as many as 15-20 people at my test site. Sometimes it is just two. We have a phosphorus lab now, what next!!!!! On to heavy metals, life is good. Linda Freilich