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Sierra Club announces it will engage in civil disobedience……finally

January 23, 2013

Yesterday, the Sierra Club announced that its board of directors has for the first time in the organization’s 120-year history endorsed the use of civil disobedience.

The announcement read in part:TSB_Banner_RC_Sam_Doug_9.19.121-1024x576

As citizens, for us to give up on stopping runaway global temperatures would be all the more tragic if it happened at the very moment when we are seeing both tremendous growth in clean energy and firsthand evidence of what extreme weather can do. Last year, record heat and drought across the nation wiped out half of our corn crop and 60 percent of our pasturelands. Wildfires in Colorado, Texas, and elsewhere burned nearly nine million acres. And superstorm Sandy brought devastation beyond anyone’s imagining to the Eastern Seaboard.

It is encouraging to see the Sierra Club come to this conclusion and endorse direct action as a necessary tactic to stop the madness of global climate disaster. The announcement also stated:

The Sierra Club has refused to stand by. We’ve worked hard and brought all of our traditional tactics of lobbying, electoral work, litigation, grassroots organizing and public education to bear on this crisis. And we have had great success—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 there is so much more to do. The stakes are enormous. At this point, we can’t afford to lose a single major battle. That’s why the Sierra Club’s board of directors has for the first time endorsed an act of peaceful civil disobedience.

Let us hope that this announcement leads to large numbers of Sierra Club members willing to put their bodies between the machinery of the oil & gas industry and the ecosystems that cannot afford to be pillaged any longer.

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