Our hearts are heavy

Our hearts are heavy with the deep grief and pain that our Black and Brown families, friends, partners, and communities continue to experience in this country as a result of systemic racism and police brutality.

The COVID-19 pandemic has only further shed light on this deep-rooted inequity as Black Americans are dying from the disease at a much higher rate than white Americans.

Sierra Club is on an ongoing journey to become better allies and accomplices in the movement toward anti-racism. We are committed to centering and uplifting the voices and experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) on our staff and in our communities.

A key element of our mission at Sierra Club is to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.

Environmental issues cannot be separated from racial and social justice — we can’t fulfill our mission to “enlist humanity” to protect the planet while racism continues to divide us and inflict pain and suffering in our communities.

While the world is focused on the widespread calls to transform our institutions for the better, the Trump administration continues to advance anti-environment policies and projects that endanger our natural world and our resources.

To learn more about the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter’s commitment to the Movement for Black Lives and to take action, please see our post here.

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Our hearts are heavy