By Stacy Bare, Sierra Club Outdoors Director
On Veterans Day -- and for several days leading up to and after Veterans Day -- we celebrate those women and men who have served their country in uniform. We're lucky at the Sierra Club to have a high percentage among our members and activists. Based on available demographic data, we estimate that 10 percent of the Club's overall 2.4 million members and supporters are veterans. By contrast, only 5 percent of all Americans have served in the Armed Forces. For me as a veteran, it's pretty special to be in a place where more than double the percentage of the general population chooses to continue serving their country.
Annapolis City Dock at King Tide - see below for photo source. (i)
As the environmental community prepares for this weekend’s release of the final piece of the 5th Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), many people will be focusing on the big international agreements needed to address our climate crisis. And while I could spend hours and hours digging into the importance of international agreements on climate change, I often find myself asking the questions of “What is happening in my own backyard? What can I do right here, right now to show my community is ready and willing to tackle this challenge?”
September 21st marked a true milestone in the history of the climate movement. Over 400,000 people gathered in New York City under different banners but with the same singular ask of our local, national, and global leaders: Act On Climate.