Sierra Club Mission Statement
- To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the Earth;
- To practice and promote the responsible use of the Earth's ecosystems and resources;
- To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
Sierra Club National and the North Star Chapter
Nationally, the Sierra Club has more than 3.8 million members and supporters. Founded in 1892, the Sierra Club is America’s oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Learn more about the national Sierra Club.
The Sierra Club North Star Chapter is the Minnesota branch of the national Sierra Club. We are 50,000 Minnesotans empowered to protect our communities’ well-being through environmental protection. We work through grassroots political action, pairing volunteer energy with full-time staff, to strategically address Minnesotans' most pressing environmental issues. We are a 501(c) 4 organization.
Chapter Equity Statement
As the leading grassroots voice for Minnesota’s environment, the Sierra Club North Star Chapter is committed to:
Better serving our mission and our members by becoming an intercultural, anti-racist organization that is committed to partnering with communities and organizations to eradicate all forms of oppression;
Reflecting in our issue priorities the environmental concerns of all communities that call our state home;
Transforming our staff, leadership, membership, and organizational culture to be more reflective of Minnesota’s diverse communities by actively recruiting and warmly welcoming members of all communities into the Chapter’s work;
Continually evaluating the Chapter’s issue priorities and campaign plans through the lenses of Equity and Environmental Justice.
We share the National Sierra Club’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and justice as essential to our mission because:
Diversity is a conservation necessity and a social imperative that will enable the Sierra Club to remain a leader of the environmental movement;
Inclusion fosters involvement of all persons and organizations that share our vision for a healthy planet;
Environmental equity ensures everyone has the right to experience nature and has access to clean water, clean air, clean soil, and a safe environment.
For more about the Sierra Club’s Equity, Inclusion and Justice work locally and nationally, see the following links:
- North Star Chapter Commits to Anti-Racism, July 29, 2015
- The Sierra Club and the Jemez Principles, Oct. 16, 2017
- Sierra Club’s FAQ on our Equity, Inclusion and Justice Work
- Racial & Environmental Justice at the Sierra Club
Our Core Values
We believe everyone deserves access to clean air, water, and the wonders of nature. We strive to plan campaigns centered in equity. We seek diverse partnerships, provide ongoing training to our leaders, and welcome all to join us in this work.
Some organizations “have” volunteers. The Sierra Club North Star Chapter “is” volunteers - trained leaders supported by a professional staff, backed by national expertise and know-how. Our members work with staff to select our priorities, conduct the work, and make real change for the people and nature of Minnesota.
Members lead work on a breadth of issues across Minnesota to protect the air, water, lands, and climate we all need. Our focus is on political advocacy work. However, volunteers also lead outings for adults and youth to connect members to each other and to Minnesota’s natural places inspiring future environmental activists.