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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



SAN FRANCISCO, CA - More than 100,000 citizens from around the country joined the Sierra Club in standing up as champions for America's National Parks last week. As Ken Burns' series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea aired on PBS, the Sierra Club called on Americans to show their commitment to our national parks by signing on as a National Park Champion, and urged the Obama administration to protect our 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 America's national parks from global warming.

"The biggest threat facing our parks today is global warming," Pope said. "In Yellowstone, grizzlies are watching their food source decline as a result of warmer temperatures. The glaciers in Glacier National Park are receding at an alarming rate, and scientists say Joshua trees could disappear from Joshua Tree National Park."

 “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 America's public lands and wildlife from global warming. For more about the Sierra Club Resilient Habitats campaign, go to: www.sierraclub.org/resilienthabitat

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/.

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