Tar Sands Grassroots Engagement
Sierra Club Prairie has a great new way for you to spread the word about the Tar Sands and Nuclear Power to your friends and family! Our "House Party" kits are all you need to host a social event with an environmental justice theme! Invite your friends over for a potluck or a wine and dessert evening, watch a video about the issue of your choice, look at images of Alberta's tar sands region or nuclear power, and read letters written by those directly affected by these developments.
Then, engage in a discussion about what YOU can do to make your voice heard!
Kits include "Common Q&A" on each topic as well as "Suggested Discussion Questions" to get you going, and much more!
Click here to find out more.
You are invited to the Sierra Club Canada Grassroots Summit
Sierra Club Canada is planning a very special event for September which will provide the opportunity for many of us—volunteers and staff—to gather as a family and talk. Sierra Club needs one-club dialogue, training and planning so that we can strengthen our grassroots as much as possible. The event’s objectives are to:
- Share successes and develop effective campaigns
- Benefit from mentoring opportunities
- Evaluate best practices, and plan strategically together
- Capitalize on regional and national opportunities such as our “Cool Cities” program
- Get some much-needed training
- Have some fun
Friday September 12 to Monday September 15, 2008
Location: The Haven Institute, Gabriola Island, BC
If you are an active volunteer with Sierra Club Canada – or would like to be – this event is for you! Join us, and learn what makes Sierra Club the effective organization that it is, and how you can help. This offer is open only to members in good standing, and there are limited spaces available.
Give a gift of a healthy, sustainable future!
Finding a perfect, meaningful gift for family and friends can be challenging. To celebrate a special day, give them a gift that also helps the environment by making a donation to Sierra Club Canada in their name. We will send a personalized card letting them know of your kind gift and any message you wish to convey.
Make a donation of $20 or more and make it a gift of membership!
When you give a gift membership, you give:
• A chance to be part of an effective grassroots team that works actively to protect the environment.
• An opportunity to learn more about the environment and how to enjoy and protect it.
• National and Chapter newsletters which include background on local issues, book reviews and news of upcoming events and outings.
Tribute gifts can be made online here.
National Office Changes
Jen Adams has joined the national office team as our Government Relations & Communications Advisor. Jen contributes 15 years experience in environmental policy and government relations, including five years working on Parliament Hill.
Rod Muir has officially assumed the role of National Waste Diversion Campaigner after being a tireless and effective volunteer campaigner on waste diversion in Ontario.
After Gordon Mair’s departure (best of luck, Gord!) Kaissy Yu replaces him as Chief Financial Officer. Kaissy has an extensive background in financial management.
Learn more about the team here.
BC Chapter Welcomes New Director of Campaigns
On a one-year sabbatical, Lisa Matthaus is being replaced by Susan Howatt as Director of Campaigns and Community Engagement. Susan comes to us from Ottawa, where she was the National Water Campaigner for the Council of Canadians. When Lisa returns the two of them will make a dynamic duo!
New Chair for Winnipeg Group
Congratulations to Sean Petty as he takes over Jim Chapryk as chair of Sierra Club Canada’s Winnipeg Group. Jim remains an active member and we all thank him for his hard work and dedication.
VIA Rail deal for Sierra Youth Coalition
Forget flying. Trains are the more sustainable way to travel. From now on, all SYC members get 40% off VIA Rail ticket purchases, which is better than student prices.
For more information on what to do to apply the discount.
Wanted: Volunteer Translators
If you would like to volunteer your skills in translation (English to French), Sierra Club Canada’s campaigns would benefit from your time. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings and Special Days
Earth Day 2008 -- Tree Planting and Free Barbecue
A family event to celebrate Earth Day.
Sat, Apr 26 2008 9 am – 12:00 noon
Location: Streetsville Memorial Park, 335 Church St. (between Eglinton St. and Britannia Rd., east of Queen St.)
Activism Night in Ottawa
April 14th, 2008, 7:30 PM
Location: Café Nostalgica, 603 Cumberland Street, University of Ottawa campus, Ottawa
Activism Night is intended to nurture, facilitate and catalyze Ottawa
activism and it is intended to be a lot of fun, with time for engaging discussions, open mic readings, guest presenters, and live music and dance.
Kearl project faces delay as Fisheries and Oceans pulls water authorization - March 31, 2008
Alberta firms pay to pollute - March 31, 2008
IOC growth has a downside: Sierra Club - March 14, 2008
Cool Books, Movies and Book marks
Here is where you can share interesting books, movies and websites. We would love to hear from you. Send your neat finds of inspiration, education, encouragement, and sheer pleasure to email@example.com.
Sierra Club representatives chosen as influential
Green Living magazine has published its “Green List” choosing 50 people who are influential in making Canada and the world and greener place.
Notice how many have or had a link with Sierra Club or Sierra Youth Coalition!
Designing Buildings and Cities Ecologically
William McDonough is an American architect who is making ecological design happen. This twenty-minute video outlines his thinking of cradle to grave approach on designing consumer items and cities. He’s been hired by China to design additional infrastructures for the city of Liuzhou, and he has done so incorporating ecological integrity, self renewing systems, and humanistic intent. Among other features, rooftops are going to be used to grow crops, and recycle water. Bravo! Let’s see if it gets built…
Because we love cyclists
Spring-related fact sheets from Sierra Club
For information on non-toxic lawn care, companion planting and biological controls and other topics, go here.
A message from the oil industry
Missed the Rick Mercer Report on March 25th? Take a second to watch his clip, "A message from the oil industry: Turning Northern Alberta into a moonscape since 1981.”