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What a type of happy family is the family of the sun! with what order, with what harmony, with what blessed peace, do his children the planets move around him, shining with light which they drink in from their parent's in at once upon him and on one another!

~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare
Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

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The Sierra Club is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, with over 700,000 members nationwide. These individuals are using grassroots activism and community action to protect America's environment, for our families, for our future.

We are part of the Florida Chapter of the National Sierra Club.  Our group, the Central Florida Sierra Club, comprises over 2,100 members in Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola Counties.   Our goal is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth.  We now invite you to explore and enjoy our web presence.  Thanks for visiting!

~ Marjorie Holt, Executive Committee Chairman


Emergency Call to Action!
On Tuesday, October 28, the Orange County Board of Commissioners will meet to vote on a land use change to develop nearly 10,000 new homes in East Orange County near the Econlockhatchee River.  In June, an advisory panel recommended rejecting this land use change, but made a stunning reversal of their decision on September 25th and voted 6-2 to recommend that the land use change be approved.  This property is part of a habitat corridor critical for wildlife movement that extends from Lake Okeechobee up to Hal Scott Preserve.  We need as many Sierra members to come to this meeting as possible or call the Board to voice their objections to this plan, which would irretrievably damage one of the last remaining pristine rivers in Florida.
2008 Endorsements are here!

The Sierra Club has made an endorsement in the 2008 Presidential race. Our Central Florida Group's hard-working Elections Committee has also made endorsements in several Central Florida national and state congressional races, as well as a few Soil and Water Board contests. However, federal election laws forbid us from listing our endorsements on our Central Florida Group website. For a list of candidates that have been endorsed in national contests, including the presidential race, go to

If you are a local Sierra Club member, you will receive the November/December issue of our newsletter in a few weeks with endorsement information, including some state and local races that aren't listed on the national website. We realize that many of our members plan to vote early, so if you have questions about a specific race before you vote, please contact Cecilia Height at 407-657-9582 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for information.

Florida #2 in Solar Energy?

Florida Power and LightFlorida Power & Light Company just announced new solar energy projects that include the world’s largest photovoltaic solar plant and first “hybrid” energy center, coupling solar thermal technology with an existing combined-cycle generation unit.

“Pending regulatory approval, FPL will build 110 megawatts of solar power right here in the Sunshine State, making Florida No. 2 in the nation for solar energy,” FPL Group Chairman and CEO Lewis Hay, III announced today at the 2008 Florida Summit on Global Climate Change in Miami. “This is made possible in part by the strong support and determined leadership of Governor Crist and the Florida legislature, who crafted a progressive energy bill that put a supportive policy framework in place for solar power.”


Greenberg Cartoons

treecycle You've all heard of recycle.... but what about Treecycle?
Click on the thumbnail to the right to see a poignant example illustrated by cartoonist, Steve Greenberg.

Steve's an award-winning cartoonist who tackles environmental issues in his gut-busting (and heart-wrenching) book, "Fine-Tooning the Planet."

Steve has granted us permission to display his work in our Image Gallery , so go there now and enjoy the art.


Withlacoochie Photos
withlacoochie riverIn July, 18 paddlers came on the Sierra Club paddle trip down the  Withlacoochee River, just 12 miles NE of Brooksville, in the heart of Central Florida. This is a very scenic river and we enjoyed paddling and spending a Sunday outside in nature.  Check out a few photos of the trip in our Image Gallery .
2008-07 Newsletter
The July-August edition of the Sierran is now available.
Click here to view the .pdf file.
Gopher Tortoise Gallery

snapshot.JPGNew image gallery added to the site!


Dana Helmig has sent in some great photos of gopher tortoises including two males fighting, and a cute little baby. 


Please visit our Image Gallery to enjoy! 

Spend your stimulus check to Save Money (and the planet)

We Can Do It! We can help curb Global Warming and save some hard-earned cash, too!

Print and share the money-saving tips in this flyer and read ideas on how you can INVEST your stimulous check in a brighter and greener future.

Visit the We Can Do It web page at

Green Armada Foundation

CNN hero defending the planet  

While battling cancer himself and caring for a sick daughter, Mark Maksimowicz co-founded the Green Armada Foundation. He invested his life savings and purchased a boat designed to pick up trash from the waterways, and the organization has evolved into a public charity with dozens of boats and hundreds of volunteers participating across the United States.

Wildlife in your Backyard

A Deltona couple spends 2 years to create an oasis of nature right outside their dining room.

Click for full story:

Yearling Trail
The Inner city outings kids went to the Ocala National Forest and hiked 5.25 miles along the Yearling Trail where the movie The Yearling by Marjorie Kennan Rawlings was filmed. We also did grave site rubbing in the old cementary.

To see the images, check out our Image Gallery
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