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Sierra Club celebrates monumental journey with three anniversaries

Anniversaries give club plenty of reason to celebrate and push forward; screening of movie on controversial "fracking" practice set for Thursday.
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The Sierra Club has a West Michigan group that meets for film screenings, outings and more. Upcoming events can be found on the group's website. The group is currently seeking people willing to get involved. For more information, contact Craig Brainard at (616) 451-4603 or [email protected]

The Sierra Club works hard to preserve beautiful sites like this one for future generations to enjoy.

The Sierra Club works hard to preserve beautiful sites like this one for future generations to enjoy. /anoldent

This year, the the local chapter of the Sierra Club will celebrate three monumental anniversaries: the national club’s 120th anniversary, the Michigan chapter’s 45th anniversary, and the 25th anniversary of the Michigan Wilderness Act.

Nationwide, the Sierra Club has helped its 1.4 million members hone in on their enthusiasm for healthy communities, environmental solutions and wildlife preservation. As the nation’s oldest environmental organization, the Sierra Club has facilitated several ways for members to give back and learn to appreciate the ever-giving earth we all call home.

The Sierra Club’s local Grand Rapids chapter will be hosting a free public screening of “Gasland” on Thursday, February 16, from 7-9 pm at GVSU’s Loosemoore Auditorium located at 401 Fulton. St. The film takes a deeper look into the controversial hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” a ruthless mean to natural gas with no reverence for environmental consequences. A post-screening Q&A will take place as well. 

The Michigan chapter has been very influential in many ways. For starters, it spearheaded the 1987 Michigan Wilderness Act, which protected 90,000 acres of old growth forests, lakes and dunes. The act also enabled permanent protection for national parks and recreational areas such as Pictured Rocks, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Grand Island. There are nine networks of volunteer groups in Michigan working together to protect the well-being of Michigan’s environmental quality.

The Sierra Club offers many activities for environmentally-conscious people, including domestic and international outings, over 12 blogs with topics like green lifestyles, activism opportunities and encouragement to explore the natural world. WMEAC congratulates the Sierra Club on their anniversaries and collaborative efforts to safeguard our home.

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