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November 29, 2021 By Juliet Fang, Communications Volunteer

Sierra Club Angeles Chapter is calling on the Mayor and City Council to Stop L.A. Zoo's planned destruction of native woodlands and we need your help!

November 22, 2021 By Angeles Chapter Updates

Thank you to the City of Costa Mesa and everyone who attended the chapter’s Orange County Oil Spill Town Hall event Saturday evening, November 20. We had a great event with over 50 people attending in person and many more online.

November 1, 2021 By Everette Phillips

We are looking for environmentally inclined individuals who have an interest in digital marketing and digital strategies with an ambition to participate in the creation of video interview and podcasts then reorganize the content into snack size video and memes for broader social media

November 1, 2021 By Seth Weisbord

Often Sierra Club members become concerned about conservation issues along the coastline of LA and Orange Counties. Usually, this means having some knowledge about the California Coastal Act and California Coastal Commission is useful. This article is part of a planned series of articles and videos/podcasts to help those new to coastal activism quickly come up to speed on how to be effective in protecting our coastal environment.

November 1, 2021 By Everette Phillips

Community Membership starts with local participation. As a member of the Sierra Club, your participation makes a huge difference. Please review your emails, find your ballot, click on the link, check out candidates and follow the instructions to vote. If you cannot find your ballot just call our Chapter office in LA at (213) 387-4287 and ask for one between 9am and 5pm or leave a message after hours. Your participation is important and the survival of the Sierra Club depends on this simple action.

November 1, 2021 By Juliet Fang, Communications Volunteer

The United States already produces more plastic waste than any other country, much of which ends up choking marine animals or releasing noxious, cancer-causing fumes to underserved communities because of disposal processes. The production itself releases millions of tons of greenhouse gases released into the air. How much more environmental damage needs to occur before we’re willing to sacrifice some of our convenience? 

October 29, 2021 By Ray Hiemstra

The Sierra Club Orange County Conservation Committee is hosting an Orange County Oil Spill Town Hall on Saturday, November 20th at 4 pm.

October 29, 2021 By Carol Henning

On Saturday, November 13, Griffith Park celebrates its 125th birthday. There will be a party, and all of us are invited.

The Cities of Los Angeles and Irvine have been chosen as two of three CA cities to participate in the Cool City Challenge to create a climate moonshot strategy — an ambitious, exploratory, and ground-breaking approach to reach communitywide, inclusive sustainability. Both Cities partnered with over 25 community organizations and registered more than 200 volunteers each, including many Sierra Club folks, who are interested and committed to local climate action. Cool Block teams will meet, discuss, and implement sustainability concepts on topics related to energy efficiency, water conservation, emergency preparedness, social justice, and more.

October 18, 2021 By Angeles Chapter Updates

The Angeles Chapter is excited to announce our partnership with the Newport Beach Festival Environmental Film Festival Series, October 21 - 28, 2021.

October 4, 2021 By Angeles Chapter Updates

A major oil spill off the Orange County coast has reportedly spilled at least 126,000 gallons of oil into coastal waters and local wetlands.

October 1, 2021 By Morgan Goodwin

Thank you to all the volunteers who showed up for this year's National Public Lands Day! I joined our volunteers this Saturday at Peter Strauss Ranch. This is a National Park Service site, which we partner with to help maintain the trails. 

October 1, 2021 By John Monsen

Here's the latest in the fight to protect an ancient aquifer under the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree National Park.

September 28, 2021 By Angeles Chapter Updates

Dennis Loya Stepping down as Chapter Chair, Welcome Dyana Peña as new Chair

September 23, 2021 By Angeles Chapter Updates
Tune in to our upcoming webinar series to learn why you should ditch gas in favor of a cleaner alternative -- electricity! Follow along as we discuss the ins and outs of electrification and learn how and why you should electrify your home or business. Wed. Sep. 29th, 7-8 PM PST

September 21, 2021 By Jonathan Howard

Sierra Club Angeles Chapter activists react to historic vote to phase out oil drilling in unincorporated Los Angeles.

September 17, 2021 By Angeles Chapter Updates
The annual Angeles Chapter elections begin October 4th, 2021, and end November 15th, 2021. Active members will be voting for: At-large positions on the Angeles Chapter Executive Committee; Members of the Executive / Management Committee for their Regional Group in the Chapter.

September 15, 2021 By Angeles Chapter
Meet the Candidates for the Angeles Chapter Executive Committee. During this recording, you will have an opportunity to hear from the candidates for the ExCom open At Large positions from Monday's Candidate Forum organized by the Verdugo Hills regional group.

September 13, 2021 By Kimberly Orbe- Conservation Program Manager

You can green your neighborhood, make it safer to walk in, and more. Irvine and the City of LA are seeking volunteers to participate in the Cool City Challenge—an ambition, exploratory, and groundbreaking approach to reach communitywide and inclusive sustainability.

September 11, 2021 By Everette Phillips

We need volunteers with an interest in coastal issues and coastal law to commit time to rebuild our coastal conservation committee in LA and Orange Counties as part of the larger CCC Coastal Committee.

September 11, 2021 By Everette Phillips

Worried about a coastal issue?  Confused about who has authority? The various Conservation Committee entities are a great resource. For coastal issues in LA and Orange Counties, it is important to start learning about the Coastal Act, Coastal Commission, and Coastal Conservancy. Where to start? Here is a quick primer:

September 11, 2021 By Everette Phillips

September marks the end of summer, then the beginning of school, and a special weekend when all of coastal California shows our gratitude for the beauty and wonder of great coastal places by rolling up our sleeves and cleaning litter, debris, and a remarkable amount of garbage. 

September 10, 2021 By Kimberly Orbe- Conservation Program Manager

September 10, 2021 By Jane Simpson

Since 1989, the Angeles Chapter’s Wilderness Travel Course (WTC) has helped thousands of hikers build outdoor skills and gain new friendships and personal growth on inspiring adventures. With a core curriculum that includes navigation, rock scrambling, snow travel, mountain safety, and more, the 10-week course lays a foundation for responsible and safer traveling in local and distant wilderness areas in places beyond roads and trails. 

August 25, 2021 By Angeles Chapter Updates

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the Angeles Chapter held an in-person awards reception for local leaders who have received national awards this year and last year Saturday evening at the One Park Plaza Garden on Wilshire Boulevard.

August 18, 2021 By Mercedes Macias

Join us on September 2nd for our CA: ACT for Infrastructure Action Party as we focus our efforts on lobbying Congressional and State Representatives to pass a bold infrastructure package in which climate change is the priority.

August 2, 2021 By Everette Phillips

Making a passionate public comment before a government agency to protect a public good is not enough to sway a decision, the comment must cite law and why the law supports a vote for or against an issue being decided.

July 29, 2021 By Sharon Koch & John Monsen

Why should you  participate in redistricting, the process of setting new congressional and state legislative boundaries? Because it is easy, it matters, and you only have this opportunity every ten years. 

July 6, 2021 By Angeles Chapter

The California Sierra Club Political Action Committee (PAC) is holding its annual fundraiser online Sunday, August 8th from 4 pm to 6 pm.   The PAC contributes to state and local candidates statewide.

July 1, 2021 By Sierra Club

Sierra Club is currently recruiting new members to the Young Adult Advisory Board to lead statewide change to hold big tobacco companies accountable for the environmental destruction that they are causing. Tobacco Product Waste is the most littered single use plastic product, and releases toxic forever chemicals into our living environments. We need your help! Join our movement. 

July 1, 2021 By Ron Schrantz

For variety, for a challenge, or just a walk in the woods, the Lower Peaks Committee list of peaks under 5,000 is a great way to explore and enjoy the mountains around us and to encourage protection and preservation of Lower Elevation Ranges in Southern California.

June 30, 2021 By Nicole Levin, Campaign Representative, Beyond Dirty Fuels Campaign

Earlier this month, Culver City voted to phase out and clean up oil wells within the city’s borders by July 28, 2026. This vote is historic on multiple levels -- for starters, Culver City is one of the first cities in recent history to phase out existing oil production. The process, which included a study to inform the timeline to phase-out oil drilling, creates a pathway for the city and county of Los Angeles to follow. 

June 7, 2021 By Kim Orbe - Conservation Program Manager

The Angeles Chapter staff hosted our second environmental social justice (ESJ) book club last week Wednesday, June 2nd. For this meeting, we chose Dorceta Taylor's Toxic Communities. The book draws on an array of historical and contemporary case studies to explore the controversies over racist disparities, inequities, and discrimination that affect our communities of color. 

June 7, 2021 By Tina Bowman

The SPS has been the premier mountaineering entity in the entire Sierra Club for decades, offering more restricted mountaineering trips than any other section, group, chapter, or National. Read about their history and how to participate here.

June 7, 2021 By Simone Kuhfal

Recycling has become more of a priority over the past few years. But why is there so much still going into landfills and polluting our ocean? 

June 7, 2021 By Hoiyin Ip
“Sweat or pay” was my fair ask of fellow volunteers. But for the severe financial impacts that COVID has brought to nonprofits, I’m asking proud Sierra Club members to pay a little extra. Here’s why.   

June 3, 2021 By Mathieu Bonin

Along Avalon and San Pedro Blvd, between 54th and 55th street, lies a little jewel called South Los Angeles Wetland Park. The park serves the common good and social justice in reducing green space inequities by making parks a useful part of cities conceived as a whole, a perfect example of not only beautification but also smart public investment. 

May 25, 2021 By Andrew Clare

For hunters in California, harvesting game now comes with one major caveat. Emblazoned across each license is a message that only non-lead ammunition can be used.

Listen to Angeles Chapter Senoir Director Morgan Goodwin talk with Nancy Pearlman on Environmental Directions. This international, award-winning interview radio series is the longest-running environmental program in the country.

May 18, 2021 By Angeles Nominating Committee

The Sierra Club Angeles Chapter nominating committee is looking for members from sections and groups across the Chapter to run for the chapter Executive Committee (ExCom).

May 3, 2021 By Randy Kokal

You need a hunting license before you go hunting, a marriage license before you get married and the Poseidon desalination project needs to get their permits before they are allowed to operate.

April 30, 2021 By John Kaiser
The Mule Pack Section conducts base camp trips into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We hire packers to carry our camping gear to a selected base camp while we hike separately with only a day pack.

April 30, 2021 By Rima Zobayan

The 20s and 30s Section is a group of 20 and 30 somethings interested in meeting new friends in the greater Los Angeles area while enjoying the outdoors through hiking, camping, backpacking, beach-combing, playing volleyball and other fun experiences.

April 30, 2021 By Scott Houston

While water governance is complicated, it should not be feared.  I believe it’s essential to understand not only where your water comes from, but who makes decisions on your behalf and how you can participate to affect change.

April 27, 2021 By Morgan Goodwin

How do we think about how we work in an organization that's already so big? The metaphor that came to me is a marketplace of passion and opportunities for impact.

April 27, 2021 By Simone Kuhfal

A group of pesticides called neonicotinoids have been causing destruction and killing bees for years, and we need to act now before it’s too late.

April 26, 2021 By Joan Taylor - Chair, California/Nevada Desert Energy Committee

What does turning off the lights when you leave the room, have to do with preserving wild spaces?  Everything.  Here’s why.

April 23, 2021 By Eva Cicoria

Imagine paddling out on a beautiful blue-sky day amidst dolphins foraging and seabirds soaring only to be interrupted by a stream of styrofoam and other plastic litter. What would you do?

April 22, 2021 By Ed Piersa

Embed from Getty Images According to legend, King Arthur shall return one day. Can Earth do the same?