Category: Our Chapter

Tales from the field: Lobby Day first-timers dive into advocacy

First-timers dive into advocacy Edited by Jane Goldenberg One of the best things about Zoom meetings is that they make attending meetings that otherwise would require travel far easier. As a result, we got lots of first-timers advocating for the Clean Energy Jobs Act during our Nov. 12 Lobby Day. Here are their stories. Regina…
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Tales from the field: Our first virtual Lobby Day

Tales from the Field Edited by Jane Goldenberg One of the most important things we do as advocates for climate action is to talk to our elected officials — which should be one of the most natural of activities in a democracy because our legislators work for us! For many of us, the first time…
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Ready to fight for our climate

Ready to fight for our climate A longer version of this article previously appeared in The Trapeze, the newspaper of Oak Park and River Forest High School (Oct 30, 2020) By Elizabeth Short At the end of July, I had the opportunity to join people from all over the world at Vice President Al Gore’s…
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Team up for action!

Team up for action! While we’ve all been hunkered down, many of us are also gearing up for action. Together as teams, we have the opportunity to pool our knowledge and resources for elevated, powerful outcomes. Our two global online leadership trainings brought 95 newly trained leaders into our chapter this summer! And climate-concerned citizens…
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How to have a green Halloween: Simple tips for tricks and treats

How to have a green Halloween: Simple tips for tricks and treats Editor’s note: With this post, we begin a new continuing series on living sustainably. By Alex Parker One of the scariest things about Halloween is how much waste it creates. From cheap one-off costumes, an endless supply of candy wrappers and multitudes of…
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How I overcame my fears and presented for “24 Hours of Reality”

How I overcame my fears and presented for “24 Hours of Reality” By Emily Murphy When I attended The Climate Reality Project training in July, I didn’t know much about the program. And when we went into breakout rooms to discuss how we would present “Truth in 10” to various audiences, I thought to myself,…
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24 Hours of Reality: Presentations by our Climate Reality Leaders

24 Hours of Reality: Countdown to the Future Public Presentations by our Climate Reality Leaders Sign up for one of the presentations by our Climate Reality Leaders and learn more about our climate crisis and how to transform our energy economy for the good of all the ecosystems and animal life on our planet, as…
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You don’t need a big yard to start composting

You don’t need a big yard to start composting By Alex Parker Like many American families, my family struggles with food waste. From neglected produce to avocados that roll to the back of the fridge, it seems a lot of what we buy at the grocery store doesn’t end up on our plates at all.…
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GOTV: Our Climate Reality Leaders at Work

Our Climate Reality Leaders at Work to Get out the Vote By Jane Goldenberg Three of our chapter members — Don Viecelli, of Arlington Heights, Lynnea Wolfe and Audrey Young, both of Chicago — who trained online this summer, share their experiences with the Sierra Club Battleground States Campaign, which is targeting more than a…
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Newly Trained Leaders: Four in Focus

Newly Trained Leaders: Four in Focus By Jane Goldenberg While more than 60 people from our area completed their online training in July 2020, four agreed to be profiled: Oluwaseun Alawode, 32, an account payable specialist and entrepreneur from Chicago, Linda Kurtz, 54, an environmental engineer from Wilmette, Natalie Grimaldi, 38, from Logan Square and…
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