Sierra Club’s Nearby Nature program
The Sierra Club, America’s oldest and largest environmental organization, is expanding its work of protecting and exploring natural places by building a more just and inclusive environmental movement. Our local Nearby Nature campaign was funded by a seed grant that included projects in Millwaukee, Albuquerque, Detroit, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Puerto Rico.
Sierra Club’s Great Waters Group (Milwaukee Metro) led the effort to establish the program. Recognizing a great need in neighborhoods stressed by high poverty and injustice, the group is focusing its efforts in Milwaukee’s 30th Street Corridor and Lincoln Creek Greenways. In 2019, the effort took on some independance under the fiscal sponsorhip of the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium.
We believe celebrating natural areas enhances a community’s value, improves health and wellness and helps a seriously compromised environment in healing. In the corridor, industrial areas were left to waste and decay. Many of those areas need renewal and remediation and Sierra Club wants to be part of the solution.
Sierra Club wants to build partnerships and leverage its resources to nurture a community-driven effort of renewal and repair of natural areas. We hope this effort results in a dramatic increase in exploration, enjoyment and protection of natural areas in these communities.
Action Team Co-chair, Great Waters Group (Milwaukee Metro)
Action Team co-chair, Sierra Club John Muir Chapter (Wisconsin)