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Video camera wanted

Do you have a video camera or digital camera you could lend or donate to high school students to publicize their coastal conservation community education project? These youth have volunteered to complete a series of six Orange County Inner City Outings field trips in 2005 and teach elementary school students and other community members how inland activities affect our coast. Please call Lisa Hellman 714-964-4488 for more information on how you can support this program.

Leaders wanted!

Chair, Leadership Training Committee

It's not too late for New Year's resolutions. Why not consider becoming an Angeles Chapter outings leader?

Sierra Club members become outings leaders for a variety of reasons. For example, some want to lead outings to areas to motivate participants to urge protection of those areas. Others want to share their enjoyment of the natural world. Still other become leaders out of a desire to give back to the groups, sections, and committees that sponsor the outings they have enjoyed over the years.

Northern California mixed on GMO bans

The issue of genetically engineered (GE) agriculture has finally caught up with California. California is not a major producer of the primary U.S. GE crops-corn, cotton, soybeans and canola, but GE rice, alfalfa, grapes, and trees are in the commercial pipeline. If grown in California, all would impact major California crops and natural resources.

On Nov. 2, 2004, voters in Marin County chose to ban the production of genetically modified crops and animals. Similar initiatives in Butte, San Luis Obispo, and Humboldt counties, however, were defeated.

California Clean Money Campaign aims to take stain out of politics

Environmentalists constantly fight losing battles against developers and corporations that contribute millions of dollars to political campaigns. Environmentally friendly candidates rarely have enough money to compete against corporate-backed candidates. But there's a way to change all that. Clean Money public financing of elections, which has been proven in other states to end the domination of campaigns by private money, could finally put the environment on an equal footing. A broad coalition including the Sierra Club is working to bring it to California.

California Desert Protection Act turns 10

Ten years ago on Oct. 31, 1994, a small group of Californians gathered in the Oval Office as President Bill Clinton signed into law the California Desert Protection Act, the largest land bill passed in that decade. Like most such events, this represented the culmination of years of effort by hundreds of people. On this anniversary, it is worthwhile to look briefly on how it all came together.

What have you done for Planet Earth lately?

Less butts in the ocean thanks to Steve.

Act locally--now more than ever

Senior Chapter Director

2004 is over. We have come through a very difficult and hard-fought presidential election. Most of us are dismayed at the prospect of another four years of an administration dedicated to favoring corporate profits over national parks. Environmental laws have been dismantled and ignored under the Bush administration, and there is no reason to think his second term will be any different.

A year well spent

In presidential election years, political action always takes a front-row seat in Angeles Chapter activities. And although the Democrats, and the Sierra Club, lost the Big One in 2004, the Chapter was outstanding at supporting winning candidates at the local level. Politics didn't eclipse conservation, however. The Chapter remained at the forefront of important battles in Los Angeles and Orange counties to:

Ó defend open space and wildlife where suburban sprawl directly threatens wild land,

Chapter to cruise Alaska's Inside Passage this May

and Donna Specht

'Go,' said John Muir after two cruises to Alaska, to readers of the San Francisco Chronicle, 'Go and see! Alaska is marvelous.'

Muir's century-old accounts can be used as a guide for modern ship-borne tourists. He was no ordinary tourist, and if some fellow travelers thought his wild enthusiasm for Alaska crazy, others grasped his sense of gratified amazement. For it was here that Muir found confirmation of his theories regarding glaciation and plant progression in the Sierra Nevada.

Meet Your Chapter

Palos Verdes-South Bay Group

The facts

Founded in 1965

Serves the 4,000 Sierra Club members residing in San Pedro, Torrance, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Lawndale, Wilmington, Gardena, Carson, Lomita, and Harbor City

Number of currently active leaders: 54

The fun stuff


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