Dear Rhode Island Sierran,
First of all, I want you to know that the Rhode Island Sierra Club staff and leadership have heard you ask for a broader focus - and you are right! While we’ve been fighting hard on transportation issues, we’ve heard from many members that they also want to make a difference on more “bread-and-butter” environmental concerns – protecting the ocean, creating green jobs, preserving parks and conservation areas. You asked for your club to be the voice for our local wilderness.
At our January Annual Retreat, with the input of many of you, the Chapter decided to make that wider range of issues a bigger part of our focus. So, a growing group of members just like you have been working hard over the past several months to make it easier for you to get involved on issues that we all care about.
We’ve chosen the Green Economy as an organizing principle of our advocacy efforts for the next year. In order to help move this forward, we need your help! We invite you to take part in our advocacy efforts for policy change AND for political accountability. In a state as small as Rhode Island, it takes just a handful of citizens that are actively and regularly engaged in connecting with elected officials to make a huge impact!
We believe the concept of “Green Economy/Green Jobs” gives Rhode Islanders something they can embrace. Some of the key legislation we’re advancing this year includes provisions that create and sustain local green jobs, from repairing and replacing infrastructure to changing the very way municipalities do business.
The concept of Green Economy recognizes the positive feedback loop between conservation and jobs. For instance, developing electric vehicles and the infrastructure to support them creates jobs and lowers greenhouse gas emissions. Climate recovery and economic recovery go hand in hand. Rhode Island is uniquely positioned to be a leader in this time-critical effort, and the Rhode Island Sierra Club is uniquely positioned to be the leading grassroots environmental organization that makes this happen.
Secondly, we want to help create the grassroots groundswell that will be essential to establishing the Blackstone River National Heritage Corridor as a first-of-its-kind National Park. Some of the outings for 2011 were planned in this historic area. With all the opportunities to get out and enjoy the outdoors, this is bound to be a fun campaign!
Thirdly, we on the Ex Com want to hear more from you – our members! You may already have received a survey asking for your input on your motivations for being part of the Club. This will be a core part of how we work together from this point forward.
There are a lot of ways that you can get more involved with the work of the Chapter. Please visit our volunteer action center and fill out the response form to indicate what your specific interests are.
Join any of our monthly outings to enjoy and share the environment. If you have a favorite hike or beach or piece of natural history to share with other members, let us know. Please consider hosting a house party – a great way to connect with friends and neighbors and share your concerns and aspirations relating to our environment - and an opportunity to enjoy great local food. We have the tools to help you make it happen. We also have active Conservation, Communications, Fundraising and Political committees in which you can become involved. You can find out more, or share your favorite outings, advice or criticisms by emailing me, Ben Jones, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, we need your direct donations to our local chapter to assist us in our mission of advocating for “Green Economy/Green Jobs” projects and legislation. Our local mission relies on your donations. Please consider giving right now and even better by committing to an ongoing monthly contribution. When you generously donate a Sustainer Gift, you enable your Chapter to plan for the future of our local Green Economy/Green Jobs - it’s an investment in RI’s future.
On behalf of the Rhode Island Sierra Club, I appreciate your ongoing support, involvement, and commitment to the Club and to our state’s fragile environment. In turn, your Executive Committee will remain committed to making the Club more of what you want it to be. With your involvement, you complete the picture.
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