On September 22, the Sierra Club partnered with the Audubon Society, MPIRG, Fresh Energy, Indigenous Earth Network, and others to host “Alberta Tar Sands: Minnesota’s Dirty Oil Secret” at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota. The event featured: Simon Fuller, Pembina Institute’s Oil Sands Director; Clayton Thomas-Muller, IEN’s Oil Sands Organizer; and Michael Noble, Fresh Energy Director—with more than 220 people in attendance.
Sierra Club members from the Great Falls Group and throughout the Washington D.C. region collaborated through our Sustainable Metro D.C. program to stop proposed fare increases and $44 million in bus and rail service cuts. The operating budget revealed a large deficit and the latter proposed negative changes but did not offer one cent more in funding from local jurisdictions.
Through Sustainable Metro D.C., we engaged seven government jurisdictions to ensure sufficient funding for the Metro and launched FairShareForMetro.com to enable our members and the public to express their feelings towards Metro service decision-makers. Additionally, the Sustainable Metro D.C. program distributed nearly 10,000 flyers, secured campaign support from local organizations and citizens, sent 1,500 email messages, and generated more than 1,800 public comments on the budget hearing process. As a result of our incredible efforts, no bus or rail services were cut.
In late July, the Obama Administration agreed to protect 170,000 acres of critical habitat in buffer zones south of Teshekpuk Lake (located in northern Alaska) from oil and gas leasing. The precious ecosystem is the biological center of the western Arctic, inhabited by species like the caribou, Canada Geese, and Black Brant. This has been a major goal of Sierra Club’s Arctic campaign for over 10 years!
To read more, visit National Geographic's article on the topic here.
St. Louis County voters passed Proposition A, a half-cent sales tax (equaling approximately $80 million per year) to fund the operation and expansion of mass transit (bus, light rail, para transit) in the county. Sierra Club ran a vigorous campaign to educate and mobilize our 2,600 St. Louis County members. The campaign included phone calls and mail distribution to members persuading them to vote for Proposition A, web advertising, press releases, group meetings, and participation in regular Transit Alliance meetings.
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