Considering the difficulty of coordinating ten people for a dinner party, it’s nothing short of amazing that the Sierra Club boasts two million members and supporters. Sounds like pretty compelling evidence for the belief that more and more people every day are becoming concerned about the health and welfare of our planet.
A self-described “environmental organization,” the Sierra Club was founded in 1892 by conservationist John Muir and a few of his close friends. While the group organizes more than twenty thousand local and international outings each year, the Sierra Club is no mere hiking fraternity. Its members are the driving force behind much of our better-known ecological legislation, including the establishment of national parks, the Clean Air Act, and the Endangered Species Act.
In 1916, two years after John Muir’s death, his dream of a bureau to oversee and protect national parks was realized when President Wilson created the National Park Service. Since then, the Sierra Club has worked tirelessly to create, expand, and preserve protected wilderness areas across the country, helping to save some two hundred fifty million acres from over-logging, flooding via dams, and industrial destruction.
Sierra Club members pride themselves on preserving our national, natural heritage. As we celebrate Earth Day this month, let’s remember how far we’ve come with eco-legislation, and think of how far we have to go.
Let your voice be heard. Make every day Earth Day.
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