This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we at the Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter are taking a moment to pronounce our resolve to become a “deeper shade of green” in our work for the environment and for justice. We believe that every Illinois resident, regardless of gender, race, age, income, citizenship or where you live, should feel empowered to protect our shared environment—if you do too, we invite you to join us!
In 2015, the Sierra Club made huge strides by finalizing our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) plan. Our DEI plan is a strong commitment to broaden our Club and involve new voices in our membership and leadership. Here in Illinois, Sierra Club President Aaron Mair and the NAACP’s Cornell Brooks made history in Peoria with a joint keynote address about the intersectionality of our environmental and civil rights movements.
But this is just the first step in our journey together. Here in Illinois we can be a leader in building a more equitable movement and just society. That means we need your voice in the mix—are you in?
This is going to be a big, hard, fight. It’s one few have been willing to take on. We’re going to make mistakes along the way but I just know we’re building something unlike anything that’s ever been built before.
No matter what your life circumstances—your gender, race, age, income, or where you live—we depend on the same air, water, and land. Whether we’re talking about local issues like coal ash pollution or the preservation of wild lands, or big picture issues like climate change, we know that we need everyone fighting for the environment.
“As Dr. King said, ‘we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”
If you want to be a part of a diverse and strong environmental movement, sign up here to pledge your support to a deeper shade of green. We’ll get in touch with you to help find ways to get involved to expand the environmental movement in your community.
It’s never been more important that we engage everyone in our work to protect our planet and our communities. We hope you’ll join us!