Welcome to the Northeast Florida Sierra Club!
The Sierra Club is a national organization dedicated to Enjoying, Exploring and Protecting the Planet. We are the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.
Our local Northeast Florida Group organizes and participates in outdoor adventures, environmental education, and local environmental activities. We also lobby our local and state government for pro-environmental policy and legislation. We have over 1,200 members in Duval, St. Johns, and northeast Clay Counties in Florida.
In Jacksonville, we meet on the second Monday of each month, 7 pm (6:30 for social time).
In Ponte Vedra Beach, we meet on the first Monday of each month, 6:00 pm.
We conduct hikes, kayak trips, and other outdoor activities several times each month.
Check the calendar below or check our Meetup site for program and outing details.
Sierra Club Florida Unveils 2016 Legislative Platform
Sierra Club Florida is working hard to stop polluting legislation from taking hold before the start of the new session in January. Learn more about the bills we're carefully monitoring, and what green legislation to support. From cleaner beaches to electric cars, together we can chart a new vision for Florida in 2016. Click here to see our 2016 platform.
We are planning to go forward with relationship building with state legislators. This is a non confrontational process where we get volunteers to meet periodically with their respective state legislators to communicate Sierra priorities, find out what enviro issues they care about, and during session, ask them to vote our way on proposed legislation. We will pair folks up to work in pairs with each legislator. This is a long term process to build a relationship with them, credibility and hopefully influence. There will be a webinar in a couple of weeks as training and will provide information on priorities and talking points.
Please contact Janet Stanko 904 208 1341 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Here’s some good news via Progress Florida:
Sen. Tom Lee says he's putting brakes on fracking bill until he gets 'honest answers' from regulators
By Mary Ellen Klas, Miami Herald
The Senate's budget chief, Sen. Tom Lee, said Wednesday he is putting the bill to prevent local governments from imposing regulations on fracking for oil and gas on hold until the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, which he believes has been absent from the contentious discussion, is prepared to provide some "honest answers."
SB 318 - Fracking
Fracking bills are speeding through the legislature and are harmful to your water and your health. The bills, backed by the oil and gas industry, not only enable the dangerous drilling practice in places like the Everglades, but they would force local communities to accept it. Research in other states shows that fracking has caused water contamination and air pollution, massive amounts of fresh water usage, and led to declining property values.
Ignoring overwhelming public opposition, HB191 by Rep. Rodrigues passed the full House of Representatives last week 73-45. There is still time to stop the bill in the Senate.
We urgently need you to call your State Senator early this week. See Take Action for details.
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