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Washington, D.C. In commemoration of President Barack Obama's designation of September 11th as a national day of service under "United We Serve," Sierra Club members and supporters have been mobilizing to organize service events around the country.
Events range from garden restorations, tree planting, children’s education, and trail maintenance.
"America is a nation built on community service, and the Sierra Club has been a strong part of that legacy," said Carl Pope, Sierra Club Executive Director. "This September 11th, Sierra Club is proud to help renew America’s promise to its land and to its people."
Sierra Club activists are using the opportunity to promote not only community service, but projects that illustrate how service can help improve the environment and help communities at the same time. Since the launch of United We Serve in June, Sierra Club volunteer efforts have already generated dozens of events across the country. A small sampling of events happening this week include.
- In Northern Arizona, the Sierra Club's Grand Canyon Chapter will be participating with the Hopi Tribe in their annual "Water is Life" Run, promoting clean water.
- In Los Angeles, volunteers with Sierra Club's Building Bridges to the Outdoors program, which aims to connect children and youth with the outdoors, will help restore a community garden at Crenshaw High School in South Los Angeles.
- In Colorado, volunteers will plant trees with the Natural Leaders Network as a memorial to 9/11 victims.