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Coal Free Seattle Volunteer Meeting: 3rd Thursday of Every Month

Thursday, April 19th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Apr 19th 2012
Washington State is currently under threat from multiple proposals for dirty and dangerous coal export facilities. Shipping up to a hundred million tons of coal a year through West Coast communities would spread toxic coal dust along the rail lines, clog our railroads, ports, and highways, risk our families’ health, pollute our air and water, and worsen the climate crisis. Sierra Club is organizing in communities across the state to help defeat this ill-conceived project, please join us! Every month the Sierra Club, along with the Power Past Coal Coalition, hosts Beyond Coal volunteer meetings in numerous communities to plan events, update one another on outreach activities and have a good time kicking coal out of Washington.

Coal Free North Snohomish Volunteer Meeting: 4th Thursday of Every Month

Thursday, April 26th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Apr 26th 2012

Washington State is currently under threat from multiple proposals for dirty and dangerous coal export facilities. Shipping up to a hundred million tons of coal a year through West Coast communities would spread toxic coal dust along the rail lines, clog our railroads, ports, and highways, risk our families’ health, pollute our air and water, and worsen the climate crisis. The Sierra Club is organizing in communities across the state to help defeat this ill-conceived project, please join us! Every month the Sierra Club, along with the Power Past Coal Coalition, hosts Beyond Coal volunteer meetings in numerous communities to plan events, update one another on outreach activities and have a good time kicking coal out of Washington. You will meet other like-minded people and find out what you can do to protect our community from dirty and dangerous coal trains.

Diobsud Creek Rainforest Trail Maintenance, North Cascades

Saturday, April 26th, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Apr 26th 2014
Help with the annual upkeep of the delightful Diobsud Creek Trail in Skagit County, above a wild river gorge in one of the state's largest unprotected roadless areas. This trail is a well-kept secret for its mossy beauty, wildflowers, and ready access. Easy work and hike, no experience required, hand tools supplied. Please wear work clothes, gloves, and boots suitable for wet conditions. 3-4 mi rt. Meeting locations in Seattle and Sedro Woolley to carpool to trailhead. For directions and more information, contact Mark Lawler at 206-632-1550. (CH)

Join Us for Some Earth Day Urban Wild Lands Restoration at Duwamish Alive!

Saturday, April 21st, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Apr 21st 2012

Join us on the Duwamish River, an EPA Superfund cleanup site, for our Earth Day project. Earth Day is the day we give back to the environment and participate in a hands-on project to restore our damaged areas to a healthy status for future generations.

We will be participating in the Duwamish Alive Earth Day Restoration event on April 21! We will be doing restoration work at the West Duwamish Greenbelt site in West Seattle; this site will be hosted and managed by the Nature Consortium and Earth Corps .

Outings Committee Yearly Meeting/Training: Saturday May 5

Saturday, May 5th, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm, May 5th 2012

All interested Sierra Club members, committee leaders, outings leaders - trainees and certified. All are welcome.

If you would like to know what the Outings Committee of the Washington State Chapter is all about, please come as our guest.

Once a year all of our leaders meet to practice our emergency aid skills, get an update on information about Sierra Club, more practice on compass and mapping skills, and trade information about trip planning.

We have a great venue at Millersylvania State Park, where we will be out of the weather with all of the amenities - water, electricity, fireplace, grill. Not camping this year, so we will have a full day from 9:30am to 6pm. If you are a guest, come for the whole day or stay as long as you like. Lunch will be provided.

Water & Salmon Committee Movie Night, "Red Gold", Chapter Office

Thursday, March 29th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Mar 29th 2012

Red Gold is a documentary about the proposed open-pit and underground mine at the headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushagak rivers in Bristol Bay, Alaksa. This region of southwest Alaska is home to the two most prolific sockeye salmon runs left in the world. Two mining companies, Northern Dynasty Minerals and Anglo American have partnered to propose this mine. The exploration site is the second largest combined deposit of copper, gold and molybdenum every discovered. Despite promises of a clean project by officials, the accident-plagued history of hard rock mining has wrought one of the biggest land use battles Alaska has ever faced. Documenting the growing unrest among native, commercial and sport fishermen, Red Gold is a portrait of a unique way of life that won't survive if the salmon don't return with Bristol Bay's tide.

Volunteer Celebration - Washington State Chapter

Friday, December 9th, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Dec 9th 2011

Please join us for our Annual End of Year Volunteer Celebration

It’s time again for us to celebrate each other, our friendships, and our work together.

We’ll have food, beverage, and entertainment, and, most of all, we’ll have great company and good times. As always, there will be no fundraising at the event, just fun.

When: Friday, December 9th; 6:30 to 10:pm

Where: Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle 98103 (map)

Earth Day Presentation: Resilient Habitats Climate Recovery Campaign

Friday, April 22nd, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Apr 22nd 2011

Featured Speaker: Graham Taylor, Volunteer Coordinator, Greater Puget Sound Eco-Region

Hosted at REI, Lynnwood in Alderwood Mall.

Anchored by three National Parks -- Olympic, Mt. Rainier and the North Cascades, along with adjacent National Forest wilderness areas -- the Greater Puget Sound Region is home to a stunning array of wildlife, and provides us with clean water, recreation opportunities and healthy local economies.

From snowcaps to whitecaps, the region is feeling the pressure from climate change and other activities as evidenced by receding glaciers, dangerous warming of important salmon streams, increased flooding, massive private forest land conversions to non-forest uses, and increased fire threats on the east side of the Cascades. The Resilient Habitats campaign seeks to bring attention and protection to the region's wildlife, such as orca whales and Pacific salmon, wild lands, and human communities that coexist in these unique and fragile ecosystems.

Environmental Groups Take Action to Reduce Oil Companies’ Climate Pollution






August 24, 2010

Washington refineries are responsible for almost 8% of state’s global warming pollution output

SEATTLE, Wash – Today, Washington Environmental Council and the Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club sent a 60-day notice of their intent to file a lawsuit in federal court seeking regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from BP’s Cherry Point oil refinery and four other oil refineries in Washington State. Together Washington refineries account for an estimated 8% of the state’s global warming pollution output, making the sector one of the largest single contributors of greenhouse gas emissions in Washington.

Wild Olympics Campaign Website Launched!

The Sierra Club is a founding member of the Wild Olympics Campaign,  a coalition working to protect watersheds on the Olympic Peninsula. 

Just a few of days ago, the Wild Olympics Campaign launched its official campaign website:  www.wildolympics.org    

Over the past year, the Campaign has been reaching out to other local stakeholders to build support listen to concerns and get feedback on our draft proposal. We have met with
timber interests, local elected officials, Tribes, conservation groups, backcountry horsemen, mountain bikers, businesses, community leaders, sport and commercial fishermen and other local residents.  Along the way we have found plenty of support, but our work is no where near over.