For Immediate Release: October 6th, 2009
Contact: Orli Cote - (415) 977-5627
Over 100,000 Champions Stand up for National Parks
Sierra Club Activists Call for Protection of Parks from Global Warming
"The attention this series brought to our national parks is unprecedented,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope. "It’s clear that 100,000 Americans have spoken up to be champions of our parks because they want these beautiful areas protected for future generations."
Prior to the series airing, Sierra Club activists organized over 700 parties around the country, where people gathered with family and friends to watch sneak previews of the documentary and wrote letters to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar asking him to protect
"The biggest threat facing our parks today is global warming," Pope said. "In
“Americans everywhere understand the beauty and majesty of our national park system,” said Pope. “These parks belong to all of us, and it's up to us to protect them for our children and grandchildren."
Through its Resilient Habitats campaign, the Sierra Club has been working to ensure that federal agencies like the National Park Service make it a priority to protect
Sierra Club also collaborated with local PBS outlets across the country in raising awareness about local parks and the need to ensure diverse communities have access to wild places.
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/.