Your Voice for the Environment
"Climb the mountains and nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine into trees, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
John Muir, Sierra Club founder, had a profound love for the natural world. He experienced peace in nature, but also witnessed injustices against it. Recognizing that the environment lacked its own voice, Muir spoke on its behalf. "The battle for conservation will go on endlessly," said Muir, "It is part of the universal warfare between right and wrong."
It is with Muir's spirit that Rhode Island Sierra Club volunteers lend their voices to the environment. By lending your own voice you can help combat climate change, advance the green economy, imporve our transportation system, and encourage families to get outdoors.
Muir recognized that some would always seek profit at the expense of the environment. Still, nature can be protected when our voices are raised together. "Wrong cannot last," said Muir, "Soon or late it must fall, while some compensating good must surely follow."
RI Sierra Club Endorses the following candidates as of Oct. 17,2014
Gina Raimondo- Democrat for Governor
Catherine Taylor- Republican for Lieutenant Governor
Seth Magaziner- Democrat for General Treasurer
Jorge Elorza- Democrate for Mayor of Providence
Senator Jack Reed
Congressman David Cicilline for the 1st District
Congressman Jim Langevin for the 2nd District
Learn about volunteer opportunities.
Pedestrians, bikers, and transit riders need to be considered every time state and town planners consider new projects. Multimodal communities provide transportation, health, safety, and qualitiy of life benefits that automobile-centric communities do not. The Rhode Island Sierra Club is dedicated to ensuring Rhode Island's streets are accessible to more than just cars.
A rapid transition to renewable energy is key to avoiding going over the 2° C temperature rise that even conservative estimates agree is the acceptable limit. The Rhode Island Sierra Club is working to get legislation passed that would provide a variety of smart tax credits to people who pursue renewable energy projects. On a larger scale, the Club is supporting the responsible development of offshore wind farms to help reduce our state's dependence of fossil fuels.
Rhode Island is the Ocean State, so we have a lot at stake when it comes to the sea level rise associated with global warming. We've witnessed 10 inches of rise since the 1940s, and we can expect 4-6 feet more by the end of the century whether or not we reduce global carbon emissions. The Club is helping Rhode Islanders adapt and prepare for what is in store, while also working to combat greenhouse gasses at their sources. Read the Chapter's "Primer on Climate Change in Rhode Island" here.
Up Next! -- Outings and Events
Documentary Screening and Discussion on People's Climate March 2014
Date: Tuesday, October 21st
Location: Lipitt Auditorium, URI Kingston Campus, Room 402
Activist filmmaker Robert Malin presents exclusive footage from the People's Climate March, the pre-rally press conference, and interviews with marchers, thinkers, and Indigenous Peoples and impressions of the build-up events. The screening will followed by group discussion lead by Fossil Free RI, RI Student Climate Coalition, Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, Occupy Providence, Green Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Church of South County, with Raging Grannies. Free admission but donations welcome.
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Round Top Management Area Hike and Season's End Fishing
Date: November 16, 10am.
Contact: Dana Goodman, RI Chapter Chair at 401.651.4595
Directions: Rt. 96, Harrisville, RI - Directions from Google might be tricky. Plan on your destination as the Burrillville Rod and Gun Club. The Management area is less than 1 mile further down the road, entrance is obvious across from a small bridge. If Rod and Gun Club is on your Right, Management area will also be on the Right. If you bypass it, you will see the pond through the trees and there you are!
In light of Sierra Club's recent participation in the fight against the Spectra Energy Compressor Station in Burrillville, this hike will explore one of Burrillville's many beautiful hiking and fishing recreation spots. Round Top and Little Round Top are connected by Round Top Brook and seasonally stocked with Trout. There is plenty of parking on site.
This is a short hike to explore the forest around the brook, easy enough for most people. Following the hike, people can picnic and fish at the small pond or go back along the trail to fish the brook. Bring a camera for scenic pictures and: Please bring your fishing license!