Welcome to the Greater Baltimore Group of the national Sierra Club. The Greater Baltimore Group includes Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Harford County. This page contains local events, outings, and any information dealing with local Sierra Club causes. We focus on local issues, however we do get involved in national campaigns using the information supplied to us by our national organization in San Francisco.
The Greater Baltimore Group needs a Secretary. There are two positions to fill on the Group’s Ex Com. Contact Chris Yoder if you are interested at chris.yoder[@]mdsierra.org.
We need contributions for the Greater Baltimore Sierran newsletter. Please contact XxDiTz4LyFxX[@]aol.com if you have articles, pictures, trip suggestions, or poetry to share.
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Facebook: The Greater Baltimore Group and Young Sierrans now have Facebook pages. You can find the GB group here, and the Young Sierrans here.
Take Action -- Take Note
Please read this important article (also published in Chesapeake, the newsletter of the Sierra Club's Maryland Chapter) about trail use and the closure (by Baltimore City) of trails in the watershed areas: Trails Summit
NASA satellite documents mountain top removal damage: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/WorldOfChange/hobet.php?src=features-recent. Note that the same site has dramatic and sobering documentation of what's happening to Arctic sea ice and the Amazon rain forest as well.
Check out this report on climate change.
And this editorial.
An important paper by Tom Horton, The Baltimore Sun’s long-time environmental reporter and author of several books about the Chesapeake Bay, questions whether Smart Growth, whatever its potential, can restore the Bay to health while the Bay area population continues to grow. Mr. Horton says the investment of 25 years and billions of dollars in Bay cleanup has been “a failure,” neither reducing the most important pollutant nor increasing the numbers of the most valued marine life. He provides evidence linking that failure to continued massive growth of the Bay area population.
Mr. Horton's paper, entitled "Growing! Growing! Gone! The Chesapeake Bay and the Myth of Endless Growth" and dated August 2008, is on the website of Baltimore’s Abell Foundation in two versions. The full version is at http://www.abell.org/publications/detail.asp?ID=139. A condensed version of only 7 pages is at http://www.abell.org/publications/detail.asp?ID=140.