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2017

What Does It Mean to “RESIST”

Since the election on November 8, I have been asked countless times “what is the Sierra Club going to do to protect our environment?”  And this: “What can I do to prevent our natural resources and climate to be devastated by actions of the Trump Administration?”  The simple answer is to RESIST.  We simply cannot allow this new reality become acceptable.  That said, there are so many assaults coming at us simultaneously from multiple directions that it is hard to know where to engage.  Furthermore, we all have more interests than simply the assault against the physical planet.  Daily we are bombarded with challenges to so many other social values that most of you receiving this hold dear.

Sage advice that is often given is to not spread yourself thin.  We can not simply do it all.  It’s critical to decide what is most important to you and also where your actions will have the greatest impact and ENGAGE!!

How to do that?  Below is a blog from Mike Brune, Executive Director of Sierra Club with some very good ideas to get you thinking and DOING.

The principal advice:

“challenging regressive federal policies and legislation in the courts, holding legislators accountable, and participating in organized protests like the upcoming Peoples Climate March. We can donate to and volunteer with groups we support (like your local Sierra Club chapter or other local group), and vote with our dollars-by choosing to buy our food, bank our money, and otherwise do business with companies whose values we share. Perhaps most important of all, we have to join with our allies on building a movement that can turn the kind of outrage we saw at congressional town hall meetings all over America this winter into electoral power.

The Sierra Club, of course, is committed to all of this, and we want you to be a part of it. Visit our Resist Command Center online to find out what we’re doing and what you can do.”

But equally important is this advice:

“we must be careful not to do: lose sight of our vision for a better world. We can’t afford to focus all of our energy on reacting to the parade of bad ideas and morally bankrupt policies that are pouring out of Washington. We must also push back with better ideas and smarter policies for the world that we want to create. Whether it’s cities and states setting renewable energy goals, corporations adopting climate-sensitive policies, or researchers discovering new ways to increase the efficiency of wind, solar, and storage, progress is absolutely not going to stop in this country just because of Donald Trump. We need to recognize it, celebrate it, and defend it.”

So much of what will be accomplished will happen in your own back yard at the local grassroots level.  No organization in the country is more capable, prepared or situated to accomplish this than Sierra Club. Right in my own back yard we’re fighting a horribly polluting and unhealthy coal plant in Waukegan and a highway extension (Route 53) that will destroy wetlands and cause unhealthy pollution and sprawl not to mention being an economic boondoggle/disaster.  

We’ve faced enormous challenges before that seemed overwhelming during the Reagan and Bush Jr. years.  We emerged from those times having accomplished enormous progress while being stronger and more focused and united.

So figure out the best way for you to RESIST and get engaged.  Start by attending the upcoming People’s Climate March in Washington, DC on April 29th.  Or find a sister march somewhere near you.  There’s one in Chicago that I and my family will be attending.  And, once again, you can start here:

Resist Command Center

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Coming Clean: The Blog of Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune

March 20, 2017

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Halfway through the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s chaotic, scandal-plagued, reality-challenged presidency, the organic fertilizer is really hitting the fan. He has issued executive orders to undermine the Clean Water Act and roll back fuel-economy standards. Expected any day now are orders to expand federal coal leasing and dismantle the Clean Power Plan. Meanwhile, his proposed federal budget would gut the EPA. As for bad legislation currently in Congress that Trump could sign-which ranges from stripping environmental protections to making it legal to shoot wolves and bears from helicopters in Alaskan wildlife refuges-there is simply too much to list.

And that’s only the environment.

Even as Trump’s job approval rating hits new lows, just keeping up with the craziness can be exhausting. Even so, the question I get asked the most is “what more can we do to stop this?” The obvious answer is that we can keep on doing what we already are-resisting. Specifically, that means challenging regressive federal policies and legislation in the courts, holding legislators accountable, and participating in organized protests like the upcoming Peoples Climate March. We can donate to and volunteer with groups we support (like your local Sierra Club chapter or other local group), and vote with our dollars-by choosing to buy our food, bank our money, and otherwise do business with companies whose values we share. Perhaps most important of all, we have to join with our allies on building a movement that can turn the kind of outrage we saw at congressional town hall meetings all over America this winter into electoral power.

The Sierra Club, of course, is committed to all of this, and we want you to be a part of it. Visit our Resist Command Center online to find out what we’re doing and what you can do.

But there’s also something we must be careful not to do: lose sight of our vision for a better world. We can’t afford to focus all of our energy on reacting to the parade of bad ideas and morally bankrupt policies that are pouring out of Washington. We must also push back with better ideas and smarter policies for the world that we want to create. Whether it’s cities and states setting renewable energy goals, corporations adopting climate-sensitive policies, or researchers discovering new ways to increase the efficiency of wind, solar, and storage, progress is absolutely not going to stop in this country just because of Donald Trump. We need to recognize it, celebrate it, and defend it.

Fortunately, we have something on our side that genuinely frightens those in power today-we have the future. That future is coming whether Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, Scott Pruitt, Rex Tillerson, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell like it or not. Here’s what it looks like: We will see our society powered by 100 percent clean renewable energy. We will see a more diverse and equitable United States. The nations of the world will work together to address climate change. And Americans will reject the idea that we can’t win unless we force others to fail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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