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Excerpt: "The Sierra Club Board of Directors has approved the one-time use of civil disobedience for the first time in the organization's 120-year history."

Demonstrators protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline, 11/6/11. (photo: Evan Vucci/AP)
Demonstrators protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline, 11/6/11. (photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Sierra Club to Engage in Civil Disobedience For First Time in Organization's History

By Sierra Club

13 February 13


he Sierra Club Board of Directors has approved the one-time use of civil disobedience for the first time in the organization's 120-year history.

Recognizing the imminent danger posed by climate disruption, including record heat waves, drought, wildfires and the devastation of superstorm Sandy, the Sierra Club board of directors has suspended a long-standing Club policy to allow, for one time, the organization to lead a group of environmental activists, civil rights leaders, visionaries, scientists, and other high-profile individuals in a peaceful protest to dirty and dangerous tar sands.  The action will be by invitation only and is being co-sponsored by

"For civil disobedience to be justified, something must be so wrong that it compels the strongest defensible protest," said Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director.

"We are watching a global crisis unfold before our eyes, and to stand aside and let it happen - even though we know how to stop it - would be unconscionable.  As the president said in his inaugural address, 'to do so would betray our children and future generations.'"

"The Sierra Club has refused to stand by. We've worked hard and we have had great success - helping establish historic fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, stopping more than 170 coal plants from being built, securing the retirement of another 129 existing plants, and helping grow a clean energy economy. But time is running out, and the stakes are enormous.  We can't afford to lose a single major battle. The burning of dirty tar sands crude is one of those major battles.  That's why the Sierra Club's Board of Directors has for the first time endorsed an act of peaceful civil disobedience," said Brune.

"The recent decision made by the Board of Directors is not one we take lightly," said Allison Chin, Sierra Club President. "As a nation, we are beginning to achieve significant success in the fight against climate disruption.  But allowing the production, transport, export and burning of the dirtiest oil on Earth now would be a giant leap backwards in that progress.  The Board is answering the urgency of this threat with our decision to engage, for one time, in civil disobedience."

The Sierra Club will continue to use all other legitimate tools and channels to protect the nation's water, air, land and people from polluters, and will focus intensely on moving the nation to safe, clean energy alternatives and away from the fossil fuels that have caused the climate crisis. your social media marketing partner


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+12 # xflowers 2013-02-14 06:14
Very good.
+9 # V Appalachia 2013-02-14 09:58
Thank you Michael Brune and Allison Chin!

Let's show those who made this effort that we have their backs! Forward on Climate march: Sunday, 2/17/13, Washington, DC!
+5 # HowardMH 2013-02-14 10:53
It is about damn time. Go Sierra Club Go!!! Seeing is believing.

I still say, Until there are two hundred thousand really, really pissed off people on Capital Hill (all at the same time – with base ball bats, or 2 x 2s) raising some serious hell against the Lunatics, absolutely nothing is ever, ever going to happen to these totally bought and paid for by the richest 50 people in the world that are becoming more and more powerful with each passing rigged election thanks to the stupid people.

I’m no fan of Sarah’s but this comment is just so appropriate. So how is that Hopei, Changie working out for you now?
+7 # Helen 2013-02-14 10:20
Bravo! Courage still exists among those who really care about our future generations.
+12 # patmonk 2013-02-14 10:36
About damn time - but better late than never. In case you missed it, one of the top three priorities in Obama's 'Fix-It-First' progam is ".. modern pipelines that can withstand a storm..".
Two of our top priorities should be:-

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