The Sierra Club is a grassroots, volunteer-driven organization, with most of our key work accomplished by member-volunteers. Sierra Club Canada has active chapters in every region of Canada, with offices in Ottawa, Victoria, Sydney, Corner Brook, Halifax, Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto.
Our Mission is to protect and restore the health of the natural environment, including human communities by empowering Sierra Club members and the citizenry through education, advocacy, action and outdoor adventures.
We have an excellent reputation within our constituency and externally for refusing to compromise our ideals for convenience or for comfort, and for taking risks when necessary. We have an excellent, developed media presence, and we are equally comfortable in a Minister's office as at a kitchen table with a group of activist fishermen. We can do more with a little than most ever do with much.
Sierra Club Canada is the national body that works on national and international environmental issues. Each chapter focuses on regional issues that are of high priority. For example, here at Sierra Club Ontario, our work mainly focuses on the Great Lakes ecosystem, the Greenbelt, and Green Energy. Read more about these campaigns on the navigation toolbar.
Sierra Club Ontario also works on very local issues, in coordination with smaller communities in Ontario. Our Sierra Club Peel Group is currently working on removing all heavy industrial facilities out of the Credit River Valley (sign the petition here). As well, on September 22nd every year, we celebrate Car Free Day. This past year, several community events were held around the GTA celebrating alternative forms of transport.
As you can see, Sierra Club Canada works from the international to the local level, engaging with people who share a concern for protecting the environment. To join a campaign, contact Sierra Club Ontario or Sierra Club Canada to learn what you can do to show that you care about keeping the planet, and people, healthy for a long time to come.
A brief history of Sierra Club
Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature's darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature's sources never fail.
- Our National Parks by John Muir
John Muir (1838-1914), a famous naturalist and conservationist, was the founder of Sierra Club. Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet and is considered as a one of the oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization across the United States and Canada.
With its multifaceted movement across the United States and Canada, Sierra Club has been active in Canada since 1963. Although Sierra Club National Office in Canada was established in 1989 in Ottawa it was in 1992, that Sierra Club Canada was incorporated to create a truly national presence for what had previously been Canadian chapters within the U.S. based Sierra Club.
Today, Sierra Club Canada has approximately 10,000 members, supporters, and youth affiliate members across Canada. Being a grassroots volunteer driven organization these members are an active part of club campaign activities, outings and club development.