Environmental Justice

Our Mission: To discuss and explore the linkages between environmental quality and social justice, and to promote dialogue, increased understanding, and appropriate action.

At the Sierra Club, we are diligently working to explore the integration of social justice and environmental concerns. Our program seeks to provide an effective framework for addressing the damage, risk, and discrimination facing so many communities today. By encouraging, connecting, and advising grassroots and community organizations, we hope to foster the growth of the environmental justice movement so that oppressed communities will find justice and everyone can experience the benefits of a healthy and sustainable future.

 

Across the country, we have a growing number of regional environmental justice programs. From helping with rebuilding post-Katrina New Orleans to protecting sacred Navajo sites in Arizona and serving as a voice for Appalachian communities suffering from the abuses of Big Coal, our regional programs are working to make a difference in their communities and beyond.

Through our work in environmental justice, the Sierra Club is committed to leading the way towards just sustainability and a better tomorrow. For more information on our regional programs, please visit our Regional Programs page and get involved!

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TN Clean Power Plan Healthy Communities Campaign

In our effort to promote a just future for all communities, our Healthy Communities Campaign has been working to educate and engage communities nation-wide. Our Memphis Environmental Justice program stands as a model for the exact type of coalition building and community engagement necessary to promote a healthy and sustainable future for all people.
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Turtle Festival this Saturday!

This Saturday, April 9, our Puerto Rico Chapter is hosting the annual Turtle Festival to educate people and celebrate the endangered leatherback sea turtle.
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Michigan's Toxic Cloud

A deadly combination of industrial air pollutants surrounds the greater Detroit region, causing serious health problems for many communities in the area. The Sierra Club and local organizations and residents need your help in order to educate the public and end this in the region and across the country.
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Join us in New Orleans Saturday, April 2 for Connect The 9

We will be sponsoring a community ride Saturday, April 2 to advocate for improvements on the St. Claude Ave Bridge in order to increase safety and access for bikes and pedestrians. Join us for an afternoon of biking and fun to support a good cause!

Sustaining The Future

On Wednesday, February 24 we partnered in hosting Sustaining the Future: A National Symposium on the Impact of Climate Change on the African American Community at the Sierra Club's Washington, DC office.

​​Sierra Club signals lawsuit over New Orleans school rebuilding

The Sierra Club and an alumni group put New Orleans' two public school systems on notice Monday (Aug. 3) that they may sue over rebuilding Booker T. Washington High School on a toxic waste site. The notice is a necessary procedural step in filing a citizens' lawsuit in federal court, attorney Monique Harden said.

Yuhuang buys St. James site for $1.85 billion methanol complex

The Sierra Club and the Louisiana Environmental Action Network claim DEQ erred in concluding the plant’s emissions would be so low that Yuhuang didn’t need a separate permitting process requiring more intensive emissions modeling.

Resources

Resources for allies, activists and researchers on the links between social justice and environmental issues, including water, air, and toxins.
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Katrina 10-Year Commemoration

10 years after Katrina, the Gulf Coast still fights for the most basic of rights: to return home, breathe clean air, and drink clean water. Together we can start to right the wrongs and demand a world run on clean energy, instead of a culture of dirty fuel extraction.
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Green Army Water Festival

Rally on the Capitol steps! Green Army Water Festival