Shawn Bates has been a Sierra Club member since 1998. Her interests and hobbies include recycling, renewable energies, organic gardening, camping, nutrition and wellness, stretching, swimming, bicycling, sailing catamarans, helping others, learning new things, and experiencing life outdoors! She believes that humanity needs to recognize the value to live in balance with all forms of life on Earth for all to have optimal well-being. The Earth needs to be nurtured and respected instead of neglectfully exploited. Through experiential education of humankind, Shawn believes this is possible. She was born and raised in Iowa and has lived in several mountain towns of Colorado. She currently resides in Tucson, AZ, which has been her home since 1991.