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Sierra Club: #2 High Impact Nonprofit in the Bay Area for Climate Change

September 30th, 2010 by Erinn Andrews Leave a reply »

Sierra Club has become somewhat of a household name and for a good reason. This organization has been hard at work since 1892! Experts ranked Sierra Club as #2 among our list of top climate change nonprofits. It’s not just marketing and longevity that keep this nonprofit in the top list, it’s impact.

Read what this longtime volunteer (and member of a national committee/team on responsible trade and workers’ rights), Suzanne had to say about her and her friend’s involvement with Sierra Club:

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.

(Read more reviews from enthusiastic volunteers like Suzanne at:

Read more reviews from climate change experts here to learn more about the great work the Sierra Club is doing.


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