WNY Climate Justice Pledge Makes It to Paris!!

“This is how we will win,” said Sierra Club Executive Director, Mike jparis2Brune, as he accepted a scroll of over 2,000 names of Western New Yorkers, businesses, labor unions, and influential political leaders in Buffalo and beyond who signed the Climate Justice Pledge. The hard work that the leaders of Buffalo’s environmental, faith, and social justice organizations culminated in a symbolic sendoff showing the leaders of the world. 12:30(Paris Time) on December 9th, 2015 truly felt like a momentous occasion.paris1

Left to right: UB law students Bridget Steele, Leah Bernhardi, Christina Kennedy, Collin Doane, Alyssa Erazo, and Sandy Chelnov, WNY Rise Up for Climate Justice, with Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club in center holding the WNY Climate Justice Pledge scroll signed by thousands of western New York individuals and organizations.

For more on the campaign and events visit the Rise Up for Climate Justice Page


Support Clean Power Plan

The EPA is seeking public comments on the Clean Power Plan now and your message will help ensure it is as strong as possible. As we begin to act on the Paris agreement, the Obama Administration needs our support now to get this centerpiece of the plan across the finish line.

Send a message –> Build on the momentum coming out of Paris! Submit a comment today to support the Clean Power Plan.


An amazing evening of coming together with hope and  voices raised on the EVE of the UN CLIMATE TALKS. THANK YOU TO ALL for your presence and contribution.


We gathered together on the eve of the UN Climate Talks in Paris to reinforce each other in our climate justice work, to acknowledge with our minds and hearts our concerns about the impacts of climate change on all of us; to act by sending our powerful, collective voices to Paris. We initiated a city-wide community vigil for the duration of the climate talks.

Rise Up for Climate Justice!


We Rallied in Niagara Square calling on the President and leaders of all nations to sign and enforce a universal, legally binding agreement to combat climate change and support a just energy transition.

WHO ARE WE: The Rise Up For Climate Justice campaign comprises diverse groups of Western New Yorkers including people of different faiths, students, people of color, teachers, indigenous people, labor unions, community activists, environmentalists, artists, performers and local politicians. The campaign is open to all people. Funded in part by grants and donations from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Communication Workers of America, WNYEA, Peace Education Fund, Sierra Club Niagara Group.

We call on local elected and civic leaders to take climate action through a just transition on behalf of the Earth and future generations.

As people of the earth and citizens of the United States, We demand CLIMATE JUSTICE


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The Pope’s Climate Encyclical

The Pope’s Encyclical is drawing worldwide attention to the climate crisis. Here in Pope ClimateBuffalo, writers have been busy adding their voices and calling for action. Thank you to these writers and to the Buffalo News for publishing their work.

Find links to these inspiring published writings here on our Writer’s Group – In the News page.

Somerset Lighthouse Wind Project

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The Sierra Club strongly endorses wind energy as one of the forms of energy generation that will be required to move us off fossil fuels.  However, neither the Niagara Group nor national Sierra Club have endorsed the Lighthouse Project proposed by Apex at this time because the process is just beginning and we will wait to see the final siting and plan before we give our endorsement.  However, we actively work to promote the benefits of wind as a necessary strategy and to rebut all forms of misinformation circulated by individuals and groups.

For more information visit our: Wind Energy page


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The Sierra Club Niagara Group is working with the Western New York Environmental Alliance, the Friends of Time’s Beach, Riverkeeper and Park for the 21st Century for a Green Outer Harbor without Condos. Please consider signing the petition below and ASK ALL YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA FRIENDS TO DO LIKEWISE. http://www.growwny.org/oh/petition/




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We marched for climate justice, economic justice, social justice and peace!

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we took a stand to bend the course of history. We took to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach:  a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. See more about the People’s Climate March and our participation here.

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