Sierra Club leader to speak at Bay Nature’s Annual Awards Dinner
by Bay Nature Staff on February 27, 2014
On Sunday March 23rd, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune will speak at Bay Nature’s Annual Awards Dinner on the significance of wilderness in the 21st century. His talk is entitled “Wilderness at 50: Keeping It Real, Relevant, and Wild in 2014″.
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune’s first trip out West – a family vacation when he was 14 – was transformative: “I still remember walking to the rim of the Grand Canyon and being blown away. The next day we hiked to the bottom and my life was changed.”
Inspired by the beauty of national parks like Yosemite and the Grand Tetons on a later road trip after college, Brune migrated to the west coast, where he got involved in the environmental movement, eventually running successful grassroots campaigns for Greenpeace and then for Rainforest Action Network. In 2010 he was hired by the Sierra Club to take over from retiring Executive Director Carl Pope.
At the Sierra Club, Michael has become a leading spokesperson, through the club’s influential “Beyond Oil” and “Beyond Coal” campaigns, for reducing our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels and moving the U.S. to a clean-fuel economy. Also, under Brune’s leadership, the Club has formed the national Wilderness 50th coalition to reaffirm the nation’s commitment to continued protection of the wild areas that have inspired Brune and many other Americans over the past 50 years. Today, Brune shares his love for the natural landscapes of the West with his wife and three young children from their home base in Alameda.
Join us in celebrating wilderness, Bay Nature, and three remarkable Local Heroes at our 2014 Annual Awards Dinner on March 23, 2014 at Scott’s Seafood Pavilion in Oakland’s Jack London Square.