Climate Crisis Pushes Sierra Club to End Civil Disobedience Ban

Jon Queally, Common Dreams, January 23, 2013

After 120 years of advocating on behalf of nature, one of the the nation’s largest and oldest environmental organizations—The Sierra Club—has at last decided to end its refusal to participate in acts of civil disobedience.

In a letter to the group’s membership, which numbers over one million, executive director of Sierra Club, Michael Brune, announced: “For 120 years, we have remained committed to using every ‘lawful means’ to achieve our objectives. Now, for the first time in our history, we are prepared to go further.”

What spawned the decision? As Brune explained—and recognizing that many will comment “what took you so long?”—the change in direction was spurred by recognizing “the possibility that the United States might surrender any hope of stabilizing our planet’s climate.”

Specifically, Brune said, “the Sierra Club will officially participate in an act of peaceful civil resistance” at the White House next month on President’s Day weekend. Continue lendo