A Stronger Democracy For All

A Stronger Democracy For All

A Stronger Democracy For All

Confronting the climate crisis and advancing environmental justice fully depend on a functioning democracy. This means ensuring every American's fundamental right to vote is protected, fair and just judges sit on our courts, and our voices aren’t silenced by fossil fuel billionaires and corporations.

We seek to build a democracy that is truly of, by, and for the people, where the people participate, have trust in our institutions, and our values are reflected in the actions of the leaders we choose. A healthy environment is contingent upon a healthy democracy.

The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Photo by Gage Skidmore

Why Democracy?

Many of the critical issues that our nation faces -- from the climate crisis to accessible health care and so much more -- cannot be fully addressed until we fix our broken democracy.

About Our Program

Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson upon her nomination in February 2022. Photo by Cameron Smith

Fair and Just Courts

We fight for a fair judiciary because our environmental laws are only as strong as the judges who uphold them.

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Poll after poll show that the American people strongly support action to combat the climate crisis and move our nation towards clean energy.

Voting Rights

The best way to ensure we can achieve our environmental and climate priorities is to ensure that every American has equitable access to cast their ballot.

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 Solutions exist on the national and local levels.

Money in Politics

Corporate polluters and a handful of ultra-wealthy donors use money to drown out the voices of the rest of us. But we can push back.

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Volunteers needed every election day, local or national, to help protect the vote.

Election Protection

We work to ensure all voters have an equal chance to vote and have their votes counted.

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Why the Sierra Club fights for Fair and Just Judges

Our environmental laws are only as strong as the judges who uphold them. Read our factsheet.

Freedom to Vote Act

This transformational legislation, which stems from the Housepassed For the People Act, would create national standards to protect our freedom to vote. Find out more.

Brennan Center State Voting Laws Tracker

So far this year, state legislators have introduced 150 restrictive voting bills, 27 election interference bills, and 274 expansive voting bills. Find out more.

Missouri Chapter Democracy Committee

We work to build relationships with community partners about democracy issues, tell our stories by testifying or writing to local media, and take action towards decision makers. Find out more.

February 29, 2024

Washington, DC – Leading climate and environmental organizations today applauded Senator Durbin, Senator Warnock, Senator Booker, Senator Blumenthal, Senator Butler, Leader Schumer, and all cosponsors for re-introducing the John R. Lewis Voting…

October 25, 2023

Washington, DC – Today, more than three weeks after the position was vacated, Republicans in the House of Representatives elected Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) as the 56th Speaker of the House.

August 1, 2023

Washington, DC – This afternoon, Donald Trump was indicted by a federal grand jury for his efforts to overturn the free and fair 2020 election and his role in the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. In response, Sierra Club Executive Director…

June 30, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, the Supreme Court issued its final decisions of the term, ending a tumultuous few months marked by the conservative majority sharply limiting the reach of the Clean Water Act, overturning race-based Affirmative Action for…

June 25, 2023

BIRMINGHAM, AL -- Today marks 10 years since the Supreme Court invalidated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, in Shelby County v.

Top photo:  Indivisible Eastside's Deadline for Democracy in Redmond, WA. Photo by Louise Pathe