The Sierra Club began in 1892 with the goal of preserving natural lands in California, and it is now one of the most prominent grassroots environmental organizations in the country. With over 60 chapters across the nation and over 3.5 million members, the Sierra Club is constantly engaging with communities to educate and inspire on climate issues and advocacy efforts.
The NC chapter of the Sierra Club currently stands as one of the most influential environmental advocacy groups in the state. They are constantly engaged in politics at the local, state, and federal levels, lobbying for environmental protections and protesting any plans that negatively affect the environment.
North Carolina Chapter
The North Carolina chapter specifically focuses on four principal areas of interest. These areas are climate change, pollution, public lands, and equity, inclusion, and justice, with the overarching goal of protecting natural areas and ensuring access to clean air and water for the entirety of the state. Specifically, the chapter looks at ways for the state to use cleaner energy sources, and how to adapt the Carolina coast to a rising sea level and increasingly intense weather events such as droughts and hurricanes. The chapter also fights for equal access for all North Carolinians, not only public recreation areas, but clean natural ecosystem services as well. To learn more, check out their website.