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New Sierra Club Prez Invites the U.S. Prez to Yosemite

May we some day look back at today as a crossroads in history when certain wise men and women guided us on a safe path through the wilderness – to a better future.

Aaron Mair Elected Sierra Club PresidenT (Interview)

Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir in Yosemite

Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir in Yosemite

PLANET: You are the first African American to be elected Sierra Club president. Can you say a few words about this and elaborate on its significance?

MAIR: Nature is the great equalizer. Nature knows no difference between black and white, or the size of one’s wallet. The disparate responses to climate change occur at the human and political level. These are things the Sierra Club can help influence change: the resource allocation, the response, the equal treatment of all humanity and nature. This can only come from a point of respecting diversity, when people see other people as fellow human beings and not as competitors sharing the planet.

More than 100 years ago, a president of the United States and the president of Sierra Club came together to save and preserve the last unprotected and unspoiled green spaces of the United States. That image (of two white males) came to define the environmental movement.

I now challenge our current president (who is a national leader on the environment) to meet me on the very spot in Yosemite where Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir stood, to witness the impacts of climate change on the receding glaciers and parched earth and come together not just to save a few green patches within the United States, but to save the planet.

— Aaron Mair, Sierra Club

 

Aaron Mair, Sierra Club President

Aaron Mair, Sierra Club President

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

8 Comments

  1. 7128788elf

    Thanks for this wonderful blog, and lets hope that lots of good can come from this meeting, The Sierre Club, has always had a major part to play in saving the environment, Even though I am not a US citizen, I have learned a lot from, some wonderful publication put out by them. Thanks for blogging this, and the interview.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thank you so much for the kind words. You are that wonderful librarian blogger! From… Canada?

      Yes, while the fossil fuel industry tries to nibble at public lands, we really need a strong Presidential alliance with the Sierra Club.

      • 7128788elf

        Yes I am the librarian, poet blogger, but from Cape Town South Africa, not from Canada. We are having the same battle out here, and have forced the Government to rethink giving Shell the right to frack over here. There is yet another environmental survey on the go, but this time the Government has allowed the Wild Life Society of Southern Africa, to appoint the survey. Best wishes and Blessings, Charles.

      • JoAnn Chateau

        Ahh… Cape Town. (So far away!) Coming into a mild winter in your local?

        Good luck in the battle with Shell and fracking. When it comes to these multinational corporations, progress in one country is progress for all the world.

        Blessings, JoAnn

      • 7128788elf

        Thanks JoAnn, yes it has to go one step at a time, but maybe the small steps will become bigger steps. Cape Town winter is mild, but many of your fellow citizens think our winter is very cold, its not really, but the houses here are build for a hot climate, and few have any heating, so the cold driving rains, with really powerful winds feels very cold. Best wishes and blessings, Charles.

      • JoAnn Chateau

        No heat? I hope you have a few wool sweaters and blankets for the cold season! There’s nothing like wool, or silk – both retain body heat, even when damp. God bless, JoAnn

      • 7128788elf

        Well e have some small heaters, and a lot of warm cloths, and rush out into the great outdoors, as soon as the sun pokes its shy self from behind the clouds. Best wishes and blessings Charles.

  2. Jerry "Peacemaker"

    These are things the Sierra Club can help influence change: the resource allocation, the response, the equal treatment of all humanity and nature. This can only come from a point of respecting diversity, when people see other people as fellow human beings and not as competitors sharing the planet.

    Sounds like the right person got elected for the position.

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