Chapter Chair Update
“I have found that it is the small everyday deed of ordinary folks that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” -J.R.R. Tolkein (The Hobbit)
Greetings to all! I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. Although times have been tough, I am inspired by the heroes and heroic acts I’ve witnessed in the last few months. All the essential workers and frontline healthcare workers - you inspire us everyday. All the elected officials and activists that have been fighting for people and the planet, ensuring funds and help go to our communities and not corporations - we thank you. And I would like to highlight the unsung heroes of this pandemic, the everyday American citizen. The person that has taken necessary precautions to protect the most vulnerable among us, that has donated time and money to help the community and local businesses, the person that has helped out their neighbors, keep people’s spirits up, and the person that has been a friend to someone who needs it. All of you give me hope and show us the vision of the world that is possible when we care for and protect each other.
So in what ways is Sierra Club Connecticut trying to achieve our vision for the future during this time? Well, we continue to partner with Connecticut Citizens Action Group, among others, for the Insure our Future campaign. This campaign will hold Connecticut based insurance companies accountable for insuring and investing in fossil fuels projects and companies. Together we have produced a report full of information regarding these investments, held two well-attended webinars, made over 100 phone calls to CEOs, and sent over 400 emails demanding they divest from fossil fuel companies, stop insuring fossil fuel projects, and align their business practices with the Paris Climate Agreement. Thank you to everyone who attended, and please reach out to Angel Serrano if you would like to get involved.
Keep a lookout on social media for a new series of posts from the Connecticut Chapter that highlight the benefits of Electric Vehicles (EV). In light of the many Earth Day EV gatherings that had to be cancelled due to social distancing, the Clean Transportation for All campaign has pivoted to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Please search for #GoCtEV, and #GreenerCleanerFun. You can also check the Connecticut Chapter website for links. And make sure to forward and respond on your favorite social media platform when one of the postings strikes your fancy!
We have also been fortunate to have two very dedicated and brilliant interns working for Sierra Club in the last few months. Matthew McCarthy and Heba Naqvi were both instrumental in helping to continue Sierra Club Connecticut’s mission, even as the world turned upside down. Their hard work and commitment gives me hope and tells me that the environmental movement and the planet will be in very good hands in the future. Thank you Matt and Heba!
Finally, we are thrilled to announce that we have hired a Community Outreach Coordinator. Please help me welcome Ofonime Udo-Okon to the Connecticut Chapter. Ofonime will be working on the Save Remington Woods project in Bridgeport, along with other outreach and projects within the city and Fairfield County. We know she will be an invaluable asset to the Chapter and to the environmental movement!
Ann Gadwah is Chapter Chair and Political Chair of Sierra Club Connecticut.