Your Sierra Club San Diego eNewsletter

By Newsroom America Feeds at 2 Oct 2017


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Chapter's Wilderness Basic Course Receives National Award

The Chapter's Wilderness Basics Course received a Special Achievement Award at the Club's Annual Meeting and Awards program on September 16 in Washington DC. For over sixty years, the San Diego Sierra Club has sponsored the Wilderness Basics Course (WBC), training over 20,000 individuals in San Diego how to enjoy the wilderness outdoors comfortably and safely. The WBC exemplifies the motto of the Sierra Club to "Explore, Enjoy and Protect" the wilderness and our environment.

Learn more about the Wilderness Basics Course here

(Photo: Stephanie Maio (center), Chair 2016 WBC accepts award from Executive Director Michael Brune (left) and President Loren Blackford.)

Chula Vista Commits to 100% Clean Energy

On September 27, the City of Chula Vista became the 4th city in San Diego county to commit to achieving 100% clean energy with the adoption of their Climate Action Plan. As a long-time leader for environmental actions in the region, Chula Vista now joins the cities of San Diego, Solana Beach and Del Mar working to fight climate change with a 100% renewable energy commitment. A coalition, including Sierra Club San Diego, Climate Action Campaign, Bike Walk Chula Vista, IBEW 569, Sullivan Solar Power, SanDiego350, and Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation provided strong support to help make this happen.

Congratulations to Mayor Salas and Councilmembers Steve Padilla, Pat Aguilar and John McCann for voting to support this plan, which passed 4-1.

Sierra Talks: Rigs to Reefs: Exploring the Future of Offshore Oil and Gas Development

Friday, October 6th 6:30pm Joyce Beers Center, 3900 Vermont Street, San Diego, CA 92103

In California, there are 27 oil and gas platforms found off the coast, each home to a thriving, unique ecosystem. A recent study published by the National Academy of Sciences concluded that "....the oil and gas platforms off California are among the most productive habitats globally."

As the world's natural reefs continue to disappear due to overfishing, runoff and pollution, repurposing offshore energy structures as artificial reefs may be the best decision for the future of our oceans. Learn more here

We Want to Hear What You Think! Give the San Diego Sierra Club feedback by taking our Membership Survey HERE.

North County Coastal Group Quarterly Meeting

Everyone Welcome - Open to Public Tuesday, October 10th 7:00pm PowerHouse Community Center, 1658 Coast Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014

Presentation and panel discussion: Sea Level Rise

Please join us for an opportunity to learn about the science of sea level rise and the major issues surrounding this topic. Julie Kalansky, Ph.D. - Program Manager and Post-Doctoral Researcher at Scripps Institution of OceanographyLaura Engeman - Director of San Diego Regional Climate CollaborativeJulia Chunn-Heer - SD County Policy Manager, Surfrider Foundation

New Member and Activist Orientation

Thursday, October 12th, 6:30pm Chapter Office, 8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Ste 101, San Diego, CA 92111

Looking to get active? Want to find out more about the Sierra Club in San Diego?

Attend our New Member and Activist's Orientation and learn how to get the most out of your membership while supporting the legacy of John Muir and the organization he founded to protect natural places everywhere. Find your spot in nature, politics or outdoor activities. Learn more or RSVP here.

Sierra Club Joins With Conservation Groups to Challenge the Border Wall Construction

On September 14, a coalition of national conservation groups including Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club and Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) challenging border wall construction activities that threaten wildlife and public lands in San Diego and Imperial Valley, California. Learn more here.

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply.

Being willing is not enough; we must do."

- Leonardo da Vinci

Almost daily we experience attacks against basic science and efforts to protect our environments are currently under siege. Environmental disinformation from the Trump administration is rampant, filling the air waves and clogging the media daily with tweets and insults. We do not have to live in their world, butwe must all take responsibility to act and not depend on others to respond. Make a DONATIONto Sierra Club San Diego! 100% of your support stays local, where real progress will be made. Make your donation sustaining with a MONTHLY GIFT OF $5, $10, OR MORE, just check the box "Make my gift monthly". The Environment will Thank You! FREE Movie Night - Seed, The Untold Story Friday, October 13th 6:30pm Chapter office, 8304 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard #101, San Diego, CA 92111

In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. These heroes rekindle a lost connection to this critical resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. Called "A symphony of hope" by Anchorage Press, "Seed" features speakers Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall and Winona Laduke.

First Annual San Diego Environmental Leadership Summit Saturday, October 14, 2017

This summit will be an all-day conference for the public and leaders of environmental organizations in the San Diego Region and will focus on how we can work together on the major environmental issues facing our region. It will include a series of panel discussions where organizations can share what they are working on and their plans for the future. Topics will include Climate Action, Water Quality, Wildlife and Habitat Conservation, Land Use, Transportation, and Housing. Learn more and to register


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