The Northwest Cook County Group of the Illinois Sierra Club
The NWCCG is a local group of the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Founded in 1892 by John Muir and other supporters, the Sierra Club's goal is to explore, enjoy and protect the planet. We have approximately 2,000 members in the northwest suburbs of Cook County.
The boundaries for our group include: Arlington Heights, Barrington, Bartlett, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Mt Prospect, Palatine, Park Ridge, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, South Barrington, Streamwood and Wheeling.
No matter where you live, there's a Sierra Club chapter or group near you. There are chapters in every state. All chapters have groups, which are organized geographically around local issues.
Each chapter and group is guided by an executive committee elected by the members. Approximately 5,000 volunteers nationwide are elected or appointed to leadership positions, such as chapter chair, chapter treasurer, committee chair, and outings leader. The Club structure allows us to work on multiple levels to solve problems. Nationwide membership gives the Sierra Club clout with Congress and the White House, while local groups and chapters help us influence city council members, county commissioners, and state officials. The local groups also put pressure on their members of Congress — remember what former House Speaker Tip O'Neill said: "All politics is local." This "one-two" punch is a powerful combination.
The Illinois Chapter currently has approximately 25,000 members and 15 local groups. The office in Chicago is staffed by several paid staff members and the local groups are managed entirely by volunteers. Click here for The Illinois Sierra Club Website.
The National Sierra Club
The Sierra Club's members are over 1.3 million of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. The Sierra Club was founded in 1892 by John Muir.
Sierra Club Mission Statement:
Explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth.
Practice and promote responsible use of the earth's ecosystems & resources.
Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.
Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
Through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying and litigation, the Sierra Club works to protect the health of our environment and to preserve our remaining wild places.
Here are just a few of the accomplishments that the Sierra Club has helped bring about:
Establishment of Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks.
Enactment of the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.
National Monument status for Utah's Grand Staircase - Escalante.
Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act designating more than 100 million acres of parks, wildlife refuges, and wilderness areas.
We are always looking for volunteers, if you would like to get involved with the NWCCG, please see our volunteer page.
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Join, renew or donate to the Sierra Club, and help us work to preserve wildlands and wildlife, keep our air and water clean, and solve global warming.
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The National Sierra Club