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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


May and June Outings

In May & June, join Sierra Club as we get together with other outdoor lovers for some fun outings! Here's what we have in store:


  • May 8: Beach cleanup, New Smyrna Beach
  • May 16th: Kayak Lake County Blueway
  • June 5th: Park Hopper Bike Ride


(click below for details)

June Program: Sharks in trouble!

Conservation Issues Facing Global Shark Populations

Marlin Perkins, Jim Fowler, and Peter Gros vs. Peter Benchley, Steven Spielberg, and Roy Scheider: The good guys vs. the bad guys!  Get ready because it’s Shark Month at the Sierra Club!  The world was mesmerized and scared out of the water by the latter in the mid ‘70s, but who didn’t just love watching Marlin throw Jim (and subsequently Jim throw Peter) to the wolves…er...sharks?  No, we don’t have any of these TV or movie celebrities showing up, but come to our meeting anyway!

At this month’s meeting we will be learning the truth about the plight, yes plight, of sharks, from overfishing to misinformation and unfounded fear of these beautiful animals.  Guiding us through the reality of the serious conservation issues shark populations are facing will be Hannah Medd, a marine biologist and shark conservationist with Shark Savers (  She’ll also be talking about ways to get invloved and help conserve these species.  Please join us for this important presentation.  If you’re not already in love with sharks, you will be soon!

Join us on Wednesday, June 16 for this educational presentation!

All programs are held at Harry P. Leu Gardens. 1920 N Forest Avenue, Orlando Florida. Door opens at 6:15 PM with light snacks and socializing. Programs are from 7:00 – 8:45 PM. A brief discussion of environmental issues preceeds the program. Admission is free and the public is welcome!

May program: Get the "poop" on vermicompost!

Holy worm scat, Batman!  This month we’re doing a joint presentation with Organic Growers on Vermicomposting!

Vermicast- the catalyst for vermicompost!  This is a great way to cut waste for communities and reap the edible benefits in home gardens.  It is?   Wait… what on earth (worms) is VERMICAST and VERMICOMPOST?  If you know, don’t keep it a secret any longer; bring your friends and neighbors to this month’s meeting.  If you don’t know, come join us and get your head out of the compost.  It’s time to get the poop on vermicomposting!  I love learning “new to me” words, and this one is triple word score Scrabble fodder for sure!


Join us on Wednesday, May 19 for this educational presentation!


All programs are held at Harry P. Leu Gardens. 1920 N Forest Avenue, Orlando Florida. Door opens at 6:15 PM with light snacks and socializing. Programs are from 7:00 – 8:45 PM. A brief discussion of environmental issues preceeds the program. Admission is free and the public is welcome! 

ACTION ALERT: Sierra Club Oil Spill Action Center

Dear Sierra Club Florida & Group Leaders:

In response to the Gulf oil drilling disaster, Sierra Club has created an online Oil Spill Action Center with updated information, and volunteer sign-ups.


Please circulate this link and Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune's statement below to concerned members and supporters in Florida.

Finally, send me your suggestion on steps Sierra club should take in Florida to address this disaster as it approaches our coasts.

Frank Jackalone
Senior Field Organizing Manager/ FL & PR
Sierra Club
111 Second Avenue, Suite 1001
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Please call your Florida State Senators and State Representatives and ask them to defeat HB 1445/ SB 382! These bills will forbid local counties and municipalities from enacting a stronger fertilizer ordinance than the state ordinance.  Several counties, including Orange County, have ordinances addressing fertilizer runoff.  We must fight to restore our polluted water bodies to clean and viable natural resources. Please help us defeat these very bad bills. Thank you!

Senator Carey Baker:                PH:  (850) 487-5004
Senator Thad Altman                 PH:  (850) 487-5053
Senator Dave Aronberg              PH:  (850) 487-5356
Senator Nan Rich                       PH:  (850) 487-5103
Senator Lee Constantine            PH:  (850) 487-5050
Senator Nancy Detert                 PH:  (850) 487-5081
Senator Paula Dockery               PH:  (850) 487-5040
Senator Gary Siplin                    PH:  (850) 487-5190
Senator Eleanor Sobel                PH:  (850) 487-5097
Senator Alex Villa Lobos             PH:  (850) 487-5130
Senator Victor Crist                    PH:  (850) 487-5068
Senator Mike Fasano                 PH:  (850) 487-5062


Take Action: Change Canada's Blind Eye to Sustainable Fishing Practices/Slaughter of Baby Seals

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September 25, 2009

Join the Boycott to End the Hunt
Boycotting Canadian seafood puts pressure on Canada's fishing industry to end the seal hunt

The Humane Society of the United States

Nigel Barker
Animal and environment protection organizations have negotiated for years with the Canadian government to put an end to its seal hunt—the largest commercial slaughter of marine mammals in the world.

But as the kill levels and the cruelty of the hunt escalate, it is clear Canada will only take action once the politics and economics surrounding this issue change.

This is why the ProtectSeals network, which includes The HSUS, called for a boycott of Canadian seafood products the minute the first baby seal was killed on March 29, 2005. The network believes the Canadian government will quickly realize the economic impact of a fisheries boycott is too high a price to pay for the seal hunt.

To date, more than 5,000 restaurants and grocery stores have joined the Protect Seals campaign.  Some of the national corporations that are participating in the ProtectSeals boycott of Canadian seafood include Whole Foods Markets, Ted's Montana Grill, Trader Joe's, BI-LO, WinCo Foods, Harris Teeter, The Fresh Market, Oceanaire Seafood Room, Bon Appetit Management Company and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafes.  

Take Action: Support Florida Forever

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Florida Forever was created in 2001 to succeed the extremely successful Preservation 2000 conservation program. Under Florida Forever and Preservation 2000, Florida has protected more than 2.4 million acres of land.

To name just a few successes, Florida Forever has protected:

53,600 acres of springs and springsheds.

5,190 acres of fragile coastline.

300,000 acres of sustainable forest lands.

158,700 acres of working agricultural lands.

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The 2010 Legislative Session has begun!  It’s time to contact your legislators to let them know that you support Florida Forever and want to see the program funded this year. 

Please e-mail or fax your legislators today and inform them of the following:

Sierra Club Growth Management Alert!

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So Called “Jobs for Florida” Bill Does A Job On The Environment


Please email the Governor’s office and the Senate and then call on Monday!

They need to hear from YOU!


Tell them S 1752, Sen. Gaetz’s “Jobs” bill, is bad for the environment and bad for Florida.

(Please send your email now.  And put calling their offices on your “to do” list for Monday.)


Sierra benefit day at Ethos Vegan Kitchen- April 10

Save the Date!

On April 10th, 10% of all proceeds at Ethos Vegan Kitchen will go to support the Central Florida
Sierra Club! Why don't you make plans to visit them for a great dinner, and support the Sierra Club at the same time?


Ethos is located at 1235 N. Orange Avenue, just north of downtown Orlando and east of Lake Ivanhoe. See their website for location information.


This is a great way to support the Sierra Club, have fun with family and friends, and eat some delicious food. Hope to see you there!


Our newsletter editor recommends the spinach salad :)

2010-03 Newsletter

The March-April 2010 edition of the Sierran is now available .

In this issue:

  • Get the facts about cypress mulch
  • A brief history of Earth Day (and volunteer opportunities!)
  • Report from the Copenhagen climate summit
  • Action alert: Osceola County"smart growth" plan isn't smart!
  • Coalition acts to protect the Florida Panther
  • ...and more!
Take a look at it today!
March and April programs

Wednesday, March 17: Superior Solar
Join us on St. Patrick’s Day for a truly “green” event! Brian from Superior Solar will be speaking about solar power in homes. This compant is a leader in Central Florida in solar power, electric and water heating, both residential and commerical.  Even their offices are solar powered.  Brian knows all about the rebates available and the impact solar power can have on the environment.
(Further details to come; check our website.)

Wednesday, April 21: Wild Utah: America’s Redrock Wilderness
We are very excited to have Jackie Feinberg, the National Grassroots Organizer for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance speak to us for our April 2010 meeting!  Jackie and her organization work closely with the Sierra Club in the Utah Wilderness Coalition, so she’s one of us!  While living in Florida gives us opportunity to see and do myriad environmental areas and activities, let’s not forget there’s a whole other world filled with diverse lands and miraculous sites.
Jackie will guide us through “Wild Utah: America’s Redrock Wilderness”, a multi-media slideshow documenting citizen efforts to designate public lands in southern Utah’s spectacular canyon country as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.  This 20 minute journey through redrock splendor invigorates and motivates viewers to participate in the movement to protect these unique lands.
“Wild Utah: America’s Redrock Wilderness” was made possible through the generous donation of photos, music and words from concerned Utahns who wish to pass this heritage on to future generations, including narration by Robert Redford.
In conjunction with a presentation on the current status of the Utah wilderness movement by Jackie Feinberg, National Grassroots Organizer for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, this inspirational and informational event is a must see for people wishing to become personally involved to make the difference in this tremendous American public lands conservation effort.


All programs are held at Harry P. Leu Gardens. 1920 N Forest Avenue, Orlando Florida. Door opens at 6:15 PM with light snacks and socializing. Programs are from 7:00 – 8:45 PM
A brief discussion of environmental issues preceeds the program. Admission is free and the public is welcome!
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