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PDF January/February 2006
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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2006
The Power of Many
 
How We Saved the Arctic Refuge (For Now)
Getting Somewhere on the Bridges to Nowhere
Cities Get Cool
Measuring Mercury
Fighting for the Valle Vidal
Building Trust
There's No Limit to Colorado's Power
Finding Common Ground
Trickle-Down Activism
‘Hey, I Can Do This’
I Can Smell for Miles and Miles
Building Environmental Community One Canyon at a Time
Paper to Pixels
Sierra Summit Soars
‘Why Live If You Don't Have Something to Struggle For?’
Expanding Excom
   
Club Charts Direction for Next Five Years
Big Easy to Beltway: ‘Where's the Beef?’
2005 Timeline
Faces of the Sierra Club
 

 

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2005
Hope Surfaces in Katrina's Wake
Snapshots from the Summit
Democracy Breaks Out
Rally for the Arctic
A Better Legacy
Thoroughbred Power Plant Blocked
   
  WHO WE ARE
John Swingle
Betsy Bennett
Larry Fahn
   
  INSIDER
Is Your City a Cool City?
Endangered Species Act Endangered
Smithfield Shareholder Resolution
Owens Valley Victory
New Energy Bill Exploits Katrina
   
From the Editor: Wake of the Flood
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The Planet
WHAT WE DO BEST
The Power of Many

A Sampler of the Sierra Club’s Most Effective Campaigns, Strategies, and Leaders in 2005

by John Byrne Barry

A letter to the editor in my local paper this past fall took issue with someone asserting that Rosa Parks was an example of the power of one person making a difference.
That misses the point, the writer said. Sure, Rosa Parks made a difference, but she was part of a movement. She was an organizer. She and her husband had worked to register African American voters in Alabama. Her legacy, the writer said, was “unity, solidarity, and the power of many.”

I mention this because we’re organizing this year-in-review issue of the Planet around a theme of “what we do best,” and though we’re happy to celebrate individual accomplishments, we want to focus especially on those activists who have inspired others and strengthened our movement.

So when we highlight Lisa Hellman of Orange County’s Inner City Outings group, it’s not because she’s led more than half of the group’s outings for more than two years, but because she’s been working hard recruiting and training new leaders so the program’s success doesn’t depend on her. When we tell the story of high school activist Emily Duncanson’s role in protecting the Arctic, it’s not just her poster-making ability, but how she reinvigorated the environmental club at her high school.

No need to save your applause till the end.

WHAT WE DO BEST

How the Arctic Was Saved (For Now)
Getting Somewhere on the Bridges to Nowhere
Cities Get Cool
Measuring Mercury
Fighting for the Valle Vidal
Building Trust
There's No Limit to Colorado's Power
Finding Common Ground
Trickle-Down Activism
‘Hey, I Can Do That’
I Can Smell for Miles and Miles
Building Environmental Community One Canyon at a Time
Paper to Pixels
Sierra Summit Soars
‘Why Live If You Don't Have Something to Struggle For?’
Expanding Excom


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