Great Outdoors America Week Brings Sierra Club Outdoor Enthusiasts to Washington, DC
Activists from all over the country join forces to share their love of connecting people with the outdoors and the protection of our wild and green spaces
WASHINGTON, DC (June 24, 2013) – Sierra Club activists, including outings leaders, veterans, teachers and youth, from around the country are meeting in Washington, DC this week to participate in Great Outdoors America Week and remind their elected leaders how important it is to not only enjoy our public lands, but to protect them, too.
“The Sierra Club's foundation rests on protecting and exploring the great outdoors, and ensuring access to the outdoors experiences for everyone,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. “It’s our responsibility to our children and future generations to protect our wild places and open spaces to be enjoyed and explored for future generations.”
The growing divide between America and our treasured landscapes threatens the health of future generations and conservation in this country. Studies show that Americans are not spending much time outdoors and 80% of Americans live in urban areas with little access to green spaces. The numbers are even bleaker for our nation’s children, with young people spending an average of 7.5 hours a day connecting to electronic media, and less time getting outside in nature.
"We all care deeply about the great outdoors and recognize the importance of our national legacy,” says Stacy Bare, Sierra Club Mission Outdoors Director. “Great Outdoors America Week is a chance for our volunteers and activists to raise their voices and remind our leaders how critically important it is to provide more opportunities for Americans to connect with our natural heritage.”
Great Outdoors America Week serves as another example of the long-standing, bipartisan tradition of conservation in this country. Over the years, lawmakers from all sides of the political spectrum have acted to protect the great outdoors and ensure that children and diverse communities have every opportunity to experience and enjoy them for generations to come.
“People from around the country will convene in our nation’s capital to encourage lawmakers to champion efforts to protect public lands and parks so that all Americans, especially youth, have access and opportunities to reconnect with the outdoors,” said Dan Chu, Our Wild America Campaign Director.
About Sierra Club
Sierra Club is America's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Inspired by nature, we are 2.1 million of your friends and neighbors, working together to protect our communities and the planet. Sierra Club’s Mission Outdoors program is working to reconnect America with the outdoors. Read more at http://www.sierraclub.org/missionoutdoors. Sierra Club’s Our Wild America Campaign actively works to protect the lands, water and wildlife that Americans know and love. Read more at http://www.sierraclub.org/ourwildamerica.com
About Great Outdoors America Week
Great Outdoors America Week offers opportunity for advocates to take direct action on a number of conservation issues, ranging from wilderness and national monument protection to reconnecting inner-city kids to the great outdoors. Great Outdoors America Week serves as another example of the long-standing, bipartisan tradition of conservation in the United States.