September 17, 2009
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Sierra Club Hosts 700 Parties to Celebrate National Parks
San Francisco - This weekend, Sierra Club activists from around the country are hosting more than 700 parties to watch the new Ken Burns documentary series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea. After watching a one-hour preview of the new series, party attendees will write letters to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar asking him to make it a priority to protect America's national parks from global warming.
This week, Secretary Salazar announced that the Interior Department will be taking important steps to protect parks and other public lands from global warming. The Sierra Club celebrated this announcement, and called on the agency to move swiftly to limit stressors that will make it more challenging for plants and wildlife to survive climate change.
"In order to help wildlife move and adapt to global warming, we need to protect migration routes," said Pope. "We need to limit stressors like drilling, mining, and unchecked development, which will make it more difficult for wildlife to survive a changing climate. We need to enhance the capacity of forests, wetlands, and soils to store carbon and help fight global warming."
Party for Parks is part of the Sierra Club’s partnership with PBS to promote The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, which premiers on Sept. 27, 2009 on PBS. The film is a six-part series of stunning cinematography that documents the history of the National Parks. Founded in 1892 and with a long history of protecting public lands, Sierra Club is featured prominently in the Ken Burns series. For more about the documentary and National Parks, visit http://www.sierraclub.org/parks/.
For more about the Sierra Club Resilient Habitats campaign, go to: www.sierraclub.org/resilienthabitat