Author: Michael Brune

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Birding while black – From outrage to justice

By now, you’ve likely seen the video of Christian Cooper, a Black birder, being unjustly harassed by a white woman who was illegally walking her dog off leash in Central Park. Amy Cooper’s call to the police could have resulted in yet another death of an unarmed Black person at the hands of an officer […]

May 31st

We went to court to defend clean water. And we won.

These are extraordinarily challenging times. Many of us are grieving losses large and small, and are filled with anxiety about the future. But the Sierra Club continues to work for a future that includes everything we need to flourish — a stable climate, clean air and water, clean energy, and thriving wildlife and public lands […]

May 2nd

Wisconsin Primary: Sierra Club’s Michael Brune says you shouldn’t have to risk your life to vote

Across this nation, courageous people — from health-care workers to grocery-store employees — are facing danger every day to meet the challenges of this horrible pandemic. Nevertheless, Wisconsin’s Republicans — with the backing of President Donald Trump — placed the state’s citizens at risk by refusing to permit a modest, one-week extension for mail-in ballots […]

April 13th

Climate change justice is gender justice

As we navigate these turbulent times, let’s not forget this is also Women’s History Month. In my mind, the best way to commemorate this month is to pave the way for more women to make history. In that spirit, I invite you to take a look at a first-of-its-kind report from the Sierra Club’s Gender, Equity, and […]

March 27th

Use the Coronavirus stimulus bill to seed a better, GREENER future

Our economy is in free fall. Already, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused nearly one in five workers to lose jobs or hours. We are seeing the largest spike in unemployment claims since the 2008 financial crisis. According to Goldman Sachs, the number of initial joblessness claims could rise to 2.25 million by the end of this week. By Michael Brune Sierra […]

March 25th

Action: Frontline organizations battling coronavirus need our help!

This global coronavirus pandemic is affecting everyone in our Sierra Club community in different ways. We know for sure that vulnerable communities—those without access to healthcare, seniors, children, working families and more—are feeling the brunt of the pandemic. By Michael Brune  Sierra Club As schools are closed, eldercare facilities are on lockdown, local government workforces […]

March 23rd

How the Sierra Club Is Responding to the Corinavirus Pandemic

As we all begin to deal with a global coronavirus pandemic, I want to let you know how the Sierra Club is adapting and responding, so we can keep doing the important work of protecting our natural environment and fighting for a just, clean energy future. By Michael Brune First, we’re prioritizing the health of […]

March 16th

Building a new clean energy bridge to the future (solar and wind, not dirty gas)

According to Gizmodo reporter Brian Kahn, “The notion that natural gas is a bridge to a renewable future was first put in writing in 1979 by environmentalist Barry Commoner in his book The Politics of Energy. He called it a ‘bridge between the present, unsatisfactory reality and the still abstract, hoped-for future.’” By Michael Brune The Sierra Club […]

March 3rd

Trump’s border wall is the exact opposite of where our priorities should be (It’s the climate change, stupid!)

The Trump administration has undertaken a massive, unprecedented response to the climate crisis. In fact, they clearly see this enormous undertaking as their signature project  – the legacy this administration will leave the nation. I’m not talking about some tree-planting pledge or a sudden change of heart about windmills. Folks, I’m talking about Trump’s border […]

February 24th