People can change
The Sierra Club
Brought a group of citizens to Washington D.C, , June 2014, to share what it means to protect wild places , restore ecosystems and create more National Parks and Wilderness Areas.
We came from all over the United States young and old, outdoorsy types and urban dwellers but all lovers of outdoor recreation . http://outdoorindustry.org/advocacy/recreation/economy.html
To Celebrate the Wilderness Act
We were briefed on what is important to share with our Congressional Policy Makers
Complex facts on the impacts of industrial level fossil fuel extraction
and why we wanted to educate Congress
Inside the Beltway
We got on the train to share, as only a citizen can, with our leaders and went .......
Under the Capitol
To meet our Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa
The Youth Came
Believing they will make a difference with their Congressman Eric Swalwell
Heroes like Congressman David Price of North Carolina spoke of their Love for Alaska's endangered Tongass National Forest
Senator Brian Schatz
The youngest member , at 41 , of the US Senate and Member of The Senate Resource Committee reaffirmed his commitment to Wilderness protection.
Later The Wilderness Society honored Hero's of Congress who have spent their whole careers saving and protecting our Nations wilderness areas
Rep George Miller
Who is responsible for Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley
Rep Rush Holt
Who in fact is a rocket scientist
Part of the education process was to share with The Senate and Congress the economic value of recreation to the American Economy , valued at $656 Billion a year http://outdoorindustry.org/advocacy/recreation/economy.html www.outdoorindustry.org
Sierra Clubs Our Wild America Program www.Sierraclub.org/ourwildamerica
The Sierra Clubs Our Wild America Team June 23-25 , 2014
There is more to the halls of power than granite and sandstone carved pillars
Get out there!
Wade some rivers , bag some peaks before it's too late!