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.
Want to learn more? The Sierra Club is most effective when our members show up at community meetings or hearings or contact their elected officials to voice their opinions and advocate for the environment. We can use email to contact you more than the four times a year the newsletter affords us, in order to let you know about upcoming meetings, important legislation, etc. If you want to join this environmental hot-mail, give your email address to Seth Bush at seth.bush[@]sierraclub.org.
Get involved in our campaign to clean up Baltimore's air and retire Maryland's dirtiest coal-fired power plants with the very active MD Beyond Coal Campaign at content.sierraclub.org/coal/maryland.
Baltimore Inspiring Connections Outdoors (formerly Baltimore Inner City Outings) was founded in 1999 with the goal of providing under-served Baltimore City youth with educational, enjoyable, and safe outdoor experiences at no cost to them. Visit their website at: www.sierraclub.org/maryland/baltimore-ico.
The Baltimore Outdoor Sierrans (formerly the Young Sierrans of Baltimore) is a group dedicated to bring people outdoors in a way that engages them in Sierra Club's mission of "Explore, Enjoy, and Protect". The group holds Outdoor Sierrans Socials every 2nd Thursday of the monthat rotating locations around the city. Their monthly outings generally occur on the Saturday that follows the Social. Contact baltimoresierrans[@]gmail.com to get details on the next event! Please visit the group's website:
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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.