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
Fighting for the Valle Vidal
There's No Limit to Colorado's Power
Finding Common Ground
‘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?’
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