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Southern Sierran

Newsletter of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter
October 2020

The Passing of Emil Lawton

On September 25, 2020, the Sierra Club lost one of its legendary leaders. Emil Lawton passed away at the age of 97 after a long and fruitful life, much of it centered around the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club.

On September 25, 2020, the Sierra Club lost one of its legendary leaders.

New Series : Native Species

By Everette Phillips Chair, Communications Committee
Photo by Paul Reinstein

Announcing a new series for our Website and Southern Sierran - Understanding Native Species, How to enjoy them, and How to protect them. Let us know your thoughts about what we should feature in this new section.

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Demitri FierroMotivations to Contribute - Demitri Fierro

By Demitri Fierro, Communications Committee Volunteer

Short personal essays highlighting the Angeles Chapter's Green New Voices. Learn what motivates those under 25 or under 30 to get involved with issues that the Sierra Club sees as a priority.

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Emergent Strategy

From the Director's Desk - 'Anthropocene'

By Morgan Goodwin Senior Director, Angeles Chapter

The Anthropocene is generally considered to be the geologic age where humankind is the dominant force upon the surface of the planet. Let’s talk about how the Angeles Chapter is bringing leadership and sanity to this moment.

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Team Sierra Virtual Scavenger HuntTeam Sierra Virtual Scavenger Hunt

By Jonathan Howard, Communications Coordinator

With people unable to get outdoors due to wildfire smoke and a global pandemic, we still wanted to come together, have a little fun, and learn more about our community and our planet. So, we introduced our Virtual Scavenger Hunt.

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Photo of the Month

Szela Wojiech's carefully planned shot of comet NEOWISE over Mono Lake in the October issue of Focal Points Magazine, courtesy of the Angeles Chapter Camera Committee. To subscribe, contact the editor.

How are we doing?


Happening now: The Newport Beach Film Festival is going virtual for 2020, October 1st - 11th. Click here for tickets and info.

Upcoming events:

  • Webinar: Join California Senator Holly Mitchell and Culver City council member Meghan Sahli-Wells, along with The Climate Center and The Sierra Club, to learn about Culver City’s recent success securing a plan to phase out oil drilling — while calling for a just transition for oil workers. Register now.
  • Nuture in Nature: A mental health and Public Lands Zoom webinar on the connections between Public Lands and mental health. Register here.

Noteworthy News: The state is investigating how SoCal Gas may have acted improperly in using rate-payer money to conduct advocacy campaigns to promote fossil fuels at ports.  Politico's article is here.

Victory: Los Angeles County Forms Just Transition Taskforce to Clean Up Old Oil Wells. Read more.

Stay tuned! Next month we'll be introducing our new Conservation Program Manager, Kim Orbe.

Bob Cates Autumn colors of buckwheat and bunchgrass on Pinyon Ridge

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